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When you move, it’s common to need to have contractors enter the home to clean, perform updates, or complete repairs. It’s harder for them to work if there are boxes everywhere.
Packing while preparing your home for you to relocate is tricky. However, here are a few ways to get everything done according to the timeline.
Set a Schedule
You must have a detailed calendar to coordinate a plan for the last month or two in your home. Using a calendar with a simple summary for each day and individual line items on different pages is a good idea.
When you create the schedule, give yourself as much time as possible. Don’t assume contractors will finish work in the minimum amount of time. Delays may require them to complete work on a different day.
When you schedule contractors for a project, remember that they may be working on a limited timeline. As such, they may be unable to accommodate delays or a sudden schedule change.
As much as you can, prioritize the contractors’ schedules in your day. Try to fit packing and other responsibilities around it.
It’s common for contractors to give you a window in which they will arrive and start working. However, they may need half a day or more to conduct an inspection or perform minor repairs.
Empty Target Rooms
Once you put contractors on the schedule, you must prepare the home to meet those obligations. For example, you must pack the kitchen first when planning kitchen repair work.
If you have several people coming to work over several weeks, set your schedule to accommodate them. Give yourself an extra day for packing and clearing out the space in case of an unexpected delay.
Designate Staging Rooms
Contractors and other professionals need plenty of space to work. They may not be able to navigate large stacks of boxes. Additionally, the environment for repairs or modifications may not be ideal for storing your boxes and other belongings.
If possible, designate rooms that don’t need repair as staging rooms. Avoid staging boxes in rooms that get a lot of traffic. For example, a guest bedroom, garage, or basement might be a good choice. You might find that a short-term storage option works best to get things out of the way.
Stick to the Schedule
Once you pick a moving day, it’s not easy to change it. As such, you should plan to stick to the schedule as much as you can.
The main reason for being realistic about your moving timeline is that you need things to happen according to the plan. Once you get behind, it may be complicated to catch up. It’s also likely that contractors won’t be able to reschedule at a moment’s notice.
Take a look at your schedule daily, and make adjustments regularly. Then, enlist help to make it easier to stay on schedule.
It's common to have to get repairs done at the same time as packing for a household move. These tips can help. To start planning your upcoming move, contact us for a quote.