Improvising Your Painting
If you’re able to access the vacant home before moving in, this is the absolute best time to paint. If you can’t paint until you move in, prioritize which rooms you want to paint first and make your life easier by keeping them as empty as possible. Want to make painting go faster? Check out these painting hacks from our field editors. And pick out the right color by seeing what the top paint colors are this year.
Waiting to Set Up Utilities
If possible, transition utility accounts to your new address, and set up all installation appointments as close to move-in day as you can. Use apps like Nextdoor.com and social media to ask future neighbors for vendors they’d recommend. File for a change of address with USPS, IRS, and banking. See one clever way to move loads of clothes quickly on your next move.
Use colorful garage sale stickers, or multi-colored masking tape to match each moving box with its final destination. Blue= kitchen, Purple=master bedroom, etc.? This not only helps you on move-in day but any movers or friends helping unload. Buy a few big, permanent markers and really label the boxes with their contents. This will help the inevitable opening of a dozen wrong boxes before finding the one that actually contains the coffee mugs. Plus, don’t throw out your back next time you’re moving a couch with these incredible time-saving moving tips.