Moving can be one of the most thrilling things one can do in their lifetime. At Corrigan, our purpose is to make your move as seamless as it can be. From the “For Sale” sign being placed in your front yard to the very last box unpacked at your new home, Corrigan Moving is with you every step of the way. As industry leaders, we’re here to share our knowledge for a stress-free relocation.
Prior to Listing Your Home
What is a realtor’s favorite expression? Declutter! Before listing your home, your realtor is likely to give you tips for staging and making your home look magazine worthy. Below are helpful tips from homeowners and how Corrigan Moving can support!
- Free boxes for decluttering! Are you aware that Corrigan customers can receive free used boxes when scheduling their move*? If available, our customers can get various sized boxes for free. Corrigan’s offices also carry an assortment of moving product for purchase, such as bubble wrap, packing paper and tape. Start with packing and decluttering before your realtor schedules your house photos to make your house shine in the pictures. A lot of customers reach out to Corrigan and book a move date ahead of listing their homes for this reason. Moving dates can be changed once your house is under contract, so leverage as many benefits as you’re able!
- Is your garage a mess? Wardrobe boxes can help! Wardrobe boxes are tall and large, perfect for handling large things. Keep the top of the wardrobe box open to organize and store children’s toys, sports equipment and long handled yard tools. This will make your garage look cleaner and larger with minimal effort! Click here to learn more about wardrobe boxes.
- Fix your walls like a professional. You’re likely to have nail holes or painted walls needing to be touched up, make sure to do so prior to your real-estate photos. Need to match paint colors? With a small utility knife (be careful!), carefully remove a quarter size piece from the top layer of paint. It’s best to do this from a concealed area, like behind furniture or a low corner. Taking that small paint swatch to your local hardware store or paint shop, where they have the tools to match your paint color precisely. Using a drywall patch kit, touch up your holes and paint with your matching touch up paint. It’ll look as good as new! Here’s a great demonstration of how to get the perfect paint piece.
Once your home is on the market, you will spend time away to let buyers go through and envision themselves living there. Several homeowners who have used Corrigan Moving have shared tips to make those trips away during showings easier.
- Pack a suitcase. Homeowners prefer to have their valuables or personal documents hidden away. Many people have found packing a small suitcase with these belongings to be an easy way to grab and go at the time of a showing.
- Find a local pet daycare. Dogs and cats will also need a place to go during showings. Finding a local doggy daycare or daily pet care location is a great way to keep your animals happy and safe.
- Entertain the kids! Parents know getting kids out the door can be a small undertaking. Packing a bag with small toys, games or art supplies is a great way to keep them happy as well as entertained when frequently leaving the home.
- Free, free, free! Find free ways to pass time during showings. When showings are scheduled back-to-back, you’re likely to find yourself away for hours at a time. Visiting your local library, parks or farmers markets are free and easy ways to pass time. If you’re moving nearby, try booking a guided tour throughout your new city. Even if you’re no stranger with your new town, you could be surprised by learning new and exciting history!
Hooray! As soon as your home is under contract, the real work begins. Providing you haven’t contacted Corrigan Moving yet for a free in-home or virtual estimate, now is the time! Your local sales representative will develop a custom move quote based on the services you’re needing. Below are some things to take into consideration before your move consultation.
- Determine who’s packing. Corrigan Moving offers full packing service. We also offer packing on a smaller scale, such as boxing up only mattresses, TVs or fragile items. Decide whether there’s anything you want Corrigan to pack or if you plan to handle this yourself before your move consultant arrives. For more information on packing yourself, click here.
- Decide what is you are moving. Having a plan for items to move ahead of your move survey is essential to obtaining an accurate estimate. The sales representative will go room by room through your home to establish a complete and inclusive inventory to accurately estimate the scope of your move. Your move inventory can always be changed, but you’ll want to have a clear understanding of what items you wish to have handled by Corrigan.
- Select donation locations. If you have items you prefer to donate, investigate local secondhand and thrift stores. Many can arrange free pickup services for donated goods, however these can be booked weeks in advance. Plan ahead and schedule your donation pickup before your move date. Corrigan is proud to support Habitat for Humanity, who has several locations that offer free donation pick up.
- Research what can and cannot be moved. Moving companies cannot transport items such as chemicals, gasoline containers or anything caustic (a complete list of prohibited items can be found here). Your city may have resources or a local return drive where they’ll receive hazardous items and electronics for proper disposal. Waste Management has more details on properly disposing your hazardous household items.
New Home Sweet Home
You’ve done it! Tonight is your first night in your new home. Where do you begin in the sea of boxes? Here are some pointers to make your first night in the new home a fun and easy transition for everyone.
- Pack bedding separately. The last thing you do not want to do after a long move day is search for your bedding. Packing clean sheets and bedding in a bag will make it effortless to find to make the bed when you’re about to hit the sheets.
- Pack an “open first” box. A box full of necessities will make the first night a walk in the park. Suggested items are bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels and plates and utensils. Including a small new activity, like a puzzle or coloring book for kids is a terrific way to keep them occupied as you are settling in. Don’t forget a new toy or treats for your pets!
- Order carry-out! Your first dinner in your new house is one to remember. Start making memories by ordering in from a local restaurant and enjoy exploring new places to dine.
- Stroll through your new neighborhood. You’ve earned a break! Taking a walk through your new neighborhood is a great way to take a mental break, meet new people and explore your new area.
Corrigan is more than a moving company. We’re your relocation team from start to finish. Whether moving locally, cross-country or internationally, Corrigan Moving is able to move you. Contact us now!
*Booked moves only. No cash value. Free used boxes limited to availability of the local Corrigan Moving office. Your sales representative or move coordinator can provide additional details.