Make Moving a Breeze with Corrigan Moving
Moving can be one of the most exciting things one can do in their lifetime. At Corrigan, our purpose is to make your move as seamless as possible. From the “For Sale” sign being placed in your front yard to the final box unpacked at your new home, Corrigan Moving is with you every single step of the way. As industry leaders, we’re here to share our expert tips for a relaxed relocation.
When Listing Your Home
What’s a realtor’s favorite expression? 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 helpful tips from homeowners and how Corrigan Moving can help!
- Boxes for decluttering! Were you aware that Corrigan customers may receive free used boxes when booking their move*? When available, our customers can have various sized boxes for free. Our offices also carry a variety of supplies for purchase, such as packing paper, bubble wrap and tape. Begin by packing and decluttering before your realtor takes your home photos to make your house shine in the pictures. A lot of customers contact Corrigan and schedule a move date before listing their homes for this reason. Dates can be changed once your house is under contract, so leverage as many perks as you are able!
- Is the garage a mess? Wardrobe boxes to the rescue! Wardrobe boxes are tall and large, perfect for holding bulky belongings. Leave the top of the wardrobe box open to organize and store sports equipment, children’s toys and long handled yard tools. This will make your garage appear and bigger with minimal effort! Click here for more about wardrobe boxes.
- Patch your walls like a pro. If you have painted walls and small nail holes that need touched up, be sure to do so prior to your real-estate pictures. Need to match paint colors? With a knife (be careful!), carefully remove a quarter size hole from the top layer of paint. It’s best to do this from an unnoticeable area, such as behind furniture or a low corner. And take that small paint piece to your local hardware store or paint shop, where they are likely to match your paint color exactly. Using a drywall patch kit, repair your holes and paint with your perfectly matched touch up paint. Good as new! Here is a good demonstration of how to get the perfect paint chip.
Once your home is on the market, you will spend time away to allow buyers go through and imagine themselves living there. Several homeowners who have used Corrigan Moving have shared tips that make the time away during showings easier.
- Pack a small suitcase. Many homeowners want to have their valuable items and personal documents secure. Many people have found packing a small suitcase with these items to be an easy way to grab and go during a showing.
- Consider a local pet daycare. Dogs and cats will also require a place to go during showings. Finding a local doggy daycare or daily pet care facility is a great option to keep your pets happy and safe.
- Entertain the kids! Parents know getting kids out the door can be a task. Packing a bag with art supplies, small toys and games is a great way to keep kids happy as well as entertained when away from home.
- Free, free, free! Look for free ways to pass the time during showings. If showings are planned back-to-back, you could find yourself away for hours at a time. Visiting your local park, farmers market, or libraries are free and easy ways to pass the time. If you’re moving nearby, consider booking a guided tour throughout your new city. Even if you are no stranger with your new town, you could be surprised by learning new and noteworthy history!
Congratulations! Now that your home is under contract, the actual work begins. If you haven’t contacted Corrigan Moving yet for an in-home or virtual estimate, now is the time! Your local sales representative will create a custom move quote based on the services you are looking for. Following are some things to take into consideration before your move consultation.
- Decide who’s packing. Corrigan Moving can provide full packing service. We also offer packing on a smaller scale, such as packing only mattresses, china or fragile items. Decide whether there is anything you would like Corrigan to pack or if you will handle this yourself before your move consultant arrives. For more details on packing yourself, click here.
- Decide what’s you’re moving. Building a plan for items to move before your move survey is essential to obtaining an accurate estimate. A Corrigan sales representative will go room by room throughout your home to establish a thorough and detailed inventory to accurately estimate the scope of your relocation. Your move inventory can always be changed, however you will want to have a clear understanding of what items you want handled by Corrigan.
- Identify donation locations. For those 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 prior to the move date. Corrigan supports 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 full list of prohibited items can be found here). Your city is likely to have resources or a local return drive where they’ll receive hazardous items and electronics to be properly disposed of. Waste Management has additional details for properly disposing of hazardous household items.
New Home Sweet Home
You’ve done it! It’s your first evening in your new house. Where do you start in the field of boxes? Here are some ideas to make your first night in the new house a fun and easy transition for everyone.
- Pack bedding in suitcases. The one thing you do not want to do following a long move day is hunt for your bedding. Packing clean sheets and bedding in a bag will make it unchallenging to find to make the bed when you’re ready to hit the sheets.
- Pack an “open first” box. Having a box full of essentials will make the first night a breeze. Suggested items include, might be bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels and plates and utensils. Having a small new activity, like a puzzle or coloring book for kids is a great way to keep them entertained as you’re settling in. Don’t forget a new toy or treats for your pets!
- Order in! Your first meal in your new house is one to celebrate. Begin making memories by ordering in from a local dining facility and enjoy looking into new places to dine.
- Walk in your new neighborhood. You have earned a pause! Taking a walk through your new neighborhood is a wonderful way to take a mental break, meet new people and explore your new community.
Corrigan is more than a moving company. We’re your relocation team from beginning to end. Regardless if moving locally, cross-country or internationally, Corrigan Moving is able to move you. Contact us soon!
*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.