Moving into a new house can be the best part of the process, the worst part or both. Planning makes a difference.
Before you start packing, gab a copy of your house plans. Typically floor plans are drawn at 1/4"=1'-0". That means that if your master bedroom measures 2.5" on the drawing it will be 10' (1' for every quarter inch). Next, measure your existing furniture. Cut out “to-scale” outlines of your furniture and place them on the plans. This process makes it easy to see what furniture will fit and what will have to be sold or donated.
Once a piece of furniture (over or under-sized couch) makes its way into the new house it’s hard to get it back out. You may find that selling the old pieces and having the new ones shipped saves you moving time and money.
Many of us end up storing loads of stuff that should be sold, donated or simply hauled to the dump. During the long months waiting for the new house to be complete, why not start by “pruning” the things to be moved. Less to move = lower cost. Next, start taking your fragile items to the new house when you visit to review progress and store them in an out of the way place. Why risk damage or pay a mover to bubble wrap items that you can just as easily wrap in a towel and carry in the back seat?
Like having a baby, not every moment of building a home is delightful but if we remember to focus on the fun stuff and let the harder things go, the joy of the ultimate result soon takes over.
Remember to walk around the house and look at the details and remind yourself that none of this would exist if you did not have the courage and determination to make it happen.