How to Approach a Local Move

by Meryl Diamond 02/03/2020

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Moving locally might not seem as stressful as a long-distance move, but it can still be hectic if you’re not well-prepared for it. Whether your local move is just down the street or to another part of town, make sure you start getting ready for it early. The following tips can help make your upcoming move a bit easier. 

Start Sorting & Packing Early

Even though it won’t take as long to get to your new home when you move a short distance, you should still get started on sorting and packing your belongings as early as you can. Waiting to begin may mean you’ll feel rushed and opt to skip the sorting process. Instead of donating or tossing items in order to downsize, for example, you might end up bringing everything with you to your new home. If you’ve closed on your new home and know your moving date, you can begin sorting through your household items. 

Label Your Boxes

Being as organized as possible can help your local move go smoothly. As you go through your belongings and pack them up, put labels on each box or container. Your labels should let you know what’s inside and where each box or container should go. You can either write the room on the label or use color-coded labels for different rooms. Having all of your boxes and containers clearly marked makes it easy for you or your movers to know where to put them at your new home. 

Switch Your Utilities

As your move gets closer, keep in mind that you’ll need to change your utilities over to your new home. Since you’re moving locally, you might not have to deal with switching to new utility companies. Instead, you might just have to contact each company to provide them with your new address and let them know when to shut off services at your current home and turn them on at your new home. 

Make Multiple Trips

Since your new home isn’t far away, you should be able to make several trips back and forth instead of having to move everything in one trip. You can load up your car with smaller items and boxes for these trips, and unload them in your new residence. For larger items, such as your furniture, make plans to rent a truck or hire local movers to handle these for you. Moving into your new home a little at a time through multiple trips helps make your actual moving day less stressful overall.

About the Author
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Meryl Diamond

Professional Profile

While I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I have spent the last 27 years living in the Lisle and Naperville area. The first single family home my husband and I ever owned was in Green Trails, Lisle. There were two things we loved about living in Green Trails - the sense of community and all the green space. This was a dream come true for my children who always had a friend to play with or a babysitter near by. For me, it gave me a chance to get to know the neighbors whom I have built lifelong friendships with. From neighborhood garage sales to summer barbeques, we always found reason to come together.

The other thing that was wonderful about Green Trails was all the green space. As someone who grew up in a city, I wanted to give my children the opportunity to run around and explore their environment. Our house was a short walk to a beautiful gazebo. We also enjoyed walking on the paved trails and bike rides to the park and tennis courts. Being able to enjoy outdoor space opened up my kids' imagination and more importantly burned off all that energy that they always seemed to have!

Once the kids got older we realized that we needed more space, so we purchased our second home in Naperville. This transition was easy for our family, as Naperville is not only close to Lisle, but also has the same community feel that we loved about Green Trails. My children got to attend Naperville 203 schools and my husband has easy access to I-88 so he could commute into Chicago.
The kids are all grown up now (funny how time flies!) but Naperville continues to be the ideal place to live. With downtown Naperville so close, I get to enjoy trying new restaurants and there always seems to be live music to enjoy. I stay involved in the community through volunteering at Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S) where I am a regular as well as a Housing Coordinator, where I organize an annual drive to provide furnishings for a family in need and coordinate a place for them to live.

Naperville is my home now and the place where my children have fond memories of their childhood. My husband and I feel so lucky we stumbled upon these two great communities and have no intention of leaving anytime soon! 

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First licensed in 1986

Joined RE/MAX in 1993

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