Moving can be one of the most thrilling things a person can do in their lifetime. Here at Corrigan, our job is to make your move as simple as possible. From the “For Sale” sign going in your yard to the last box unpacked in your new home, Corrigan Moving is with you each step of the way. As industry leaders, we’re here to share our experience for a relaxed move.
Before Listing Your Home
What is a realtor’s favorite word? Declutter! When, Prior to listing your house, your realtor is able to give you tips for staging and making your house look magazine worthy. The following are some tips from homeowners and how Corrigan Moving can support!
- Boxes for decluttering! Did you know that Corrigan customers can receive free used boxes when booking their move*? If available, our customers can have various sized boxes for free. Our offices also have a line-up of moving product for purchase, such as bubble wrap, packing paper and tape. Begin packing and decluttering before your realtor schedules your home pictures to make your house most desirable in the pictures. Many customers call Corrigan and book a move date before listing their house for this reason. Move dates may be changed once your house is under contract, so capitalize on as many perks as you are able!
- Garage a mess? Wardrobe boxes may be your solution! Wardrobe boxes are large and tall, perfect for holding oversized belongings. You can leave the top of the wardrobe box open to organize and store long handled yard tools, sports equipment, and children’s toys. This is sure to make your garage look cleaner and bigger with little effort! Click here for details about wardrobe boxes.
- Repair your walls like a pro. You’re likely to have nail holes or painted walls that need touched up, make sure to do so prior to your real-estate photos. Needing to match paint colors? With a small knife (be careful!), gently cut a quarter size piece from the top layer of paint. It is best to do this from a concealed spot, like behind furniture or a low corner. Take that small paint swatch to your local hardware store or paint shop, where they are able to match your paint color perfectly. Using a drywall patch kit, touch up your holes and paint with your matching touch up paint. Good as new! Here is a great demonstration of how to get the perfect paint sample.
Once your house is listed, you will spend time away to let buyers go through and imagine themselves living there. Many homeowners who have used Corrigan Moving have shared tips that make those trips away during showings easier.
- Pack a suitcase. Homeowners want to have their valuable items and personal documents hidden away. Many people have found packing a small suitcase with these belongings to be a convenient way to grab and go at the time of a showing.
- Consider 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 solution to keep your pets happy and safe.
- Entertain the kiddos! Parents know getting children out the door can be a task. Packing a backpack with art supplies, small toys and games is a great way to keep them happy as well as entertained when away from home.
- Free, free, free! Look for free ways to pass time during showings. When showings are planned back-to-back, you are likely to find yourself gone for hours at a time. Visiting your local park, farmers market, or libraries are free and easy ways to spend time. If you’re moving nearby, consider booking a guided tour of your new city. Even if you are no stranger with your new town, you could be surprised by learning new and noteworthy history!
Congratulations! Once your home is under contract, the true work begins. Providing you haven’t contacted Corrigan Moving yet for an in-home or virtual estimate, now’s the time! Your Corrigan representative will create a custom move quote based on the services you are wanting. Below are some things to take into consideration prior to your move consultation.
- Decide who’s packing. Corrigan Moving offers full packing service. We also can provide packing on a smaller scale, such as packing only mattresses, TVs or fragile items. Decide if there’s anything you want Corrigan to pack or if you will handle the packing yourself before your move consultant arrives. For more details on packing yourself, click here.
- Decide what is you are moving. Building a list of items to move before your move survey is essential to getting an accurate estimate. The sales representative will go room by room throughout your home to get a thorough and inclusive inventory to accurately estimate the extent of your relocation. Your move inventory can always be changed, however you’ll want to have an understanding of what items you wish to have handled by Corrigan.
- Research donation locations. For items you would like to donate, investigate local thrift stores and secondhand shops. Many offer free pickup services for donated goods, but these can be booked weeks ahead. Plan ahead and schedule a donation pickup before your move date. Corrigan is proud to support Habitat for Humanity, who has several locations offering free donation pick up.
- Know 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 community is likely to have resources or a local return drive where they’ll accept hazardous items and electronics for proper disposal. Waste Management has additional 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 field of boxes? Here are some pointers to make your first night in the new house a fun and easy transition for everyone.
- Pack bedding in suitcases. The last thing you don’t want to do following a long move day is search for your bedding. Packing clean sheets and bedding in a suitcase will make them easy to find to make the bed when you’re about to hit the hay.
- Have an “open first” box. A box full of necessities will make the first night a walk in the park. Suggested items are paper towels and plates, plastic utensils, bar soap and toilet paper. A small new activity, like a coloring book or puzzle for kids is a perfect way to keep them smiling as you’re settling in. Do not forget a new toy or treats for Whiskers and Fido!
- Order delivery! Your first meal in your new house is one to remember. Begin making memories by ordering in from a local restaurant and enjoy finding new places to dine.
- Walk in your new neighborhood. You’ve earned a breather! Taking a walk through your new neighborhood is a wonderful way to take a mental break, meet new neighbors and explore your new community.
Corrigan is more than a moving company. We’re your relocation team from start to finish. If 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.