4 moves in 4 years. Read that again….yes! We laughed last year when it was 3 in 3 years and said we weren’t going to move again…jokes on us! All jokes aside, with 4 moving experiences under my belt, I have a few tips and tricks I’ve learned each time that I want to share for y’all.
If you’re looking for a local Houston moving company, I am sharing all of the details in this blog post so that you can share it if you know someone that is moving or refer back to it if you’ll be moving in the future. This link will take you directly to the 3 Men Movers page and they were generous enough to give me a discount code to share with you all. Use KATE30 for $30 of your service.
You typically know, for a couple weeks or months, that you’re going to put your house on the market. Unless you’re close abnormally fast, you typically have around 45 days in your house after you accept an offer. During this 6 week timeframe is when the moving timeline really starts. It might seem early but these are my best tips I can give on a weekly basis to not get overwhelmed.
Week 1 – Clean out! Do you have those items that have just been sitting in a spare bedroom or in the garage? Start looking through items and make a pile of items that’ll either be sold, dumped, or donated.
Week 2 – Sell, dump, or donate all of those items from week 1! My recommendation is to go through your neighborhood Facebook group or Facebook marketplace for selling. Your goal should be to get rid of any items that won’t be packed before you actually start packing.
Week 3 – Gather your supplies. Make sure you have plenty of packing tape, paper, and boxes. At this point, you’ll also have a pretty firm closing date, so start talking to moving companies because they can book up fast.
Week 4 – Pack the non-essentials! If you’re like me and not good in the kitchen, it’s rooms or items that you know you won’t need in the next few weeks. I also packed items in my closet I knew I wouldn’t need, our guest bedroom, and our dining room. If you have kids, I’d recommend saving their rooms, playrooms, etc. for week 5.
Week 5 – Schedule, pack, repeat! During this week, I’d recommend scheduling your electric, water, and trash services to be either turned on or cut off. You’ll also want to schedule a cleaner to come to the day after you move out. You’ll confirm a final walk through date. Typically, it’s the day before closing. Double check any rooms and see if there are any other boxes that can be packed other than your everyday essentials.
Week 6 – The week you move/close on your house! I recommend scheduling a few days in between the day you move and the day you close. Ex. If you close on your house on a Friday, I’d recommend moving out on Tuesday. I’m saying this from experience. This last move, we moved out on a Tuesday, cleaned and did any last touch ups Wednesday, had the final walk through/ helped the new owner with pool school Thursday, so Friday morning they could close and come to their new home.
About Our Moving Experience With 3 Men Movers:
When researching companies, I was looking for two important things. I was 1. looking for a company that had amazing reviews (very important!) and 2. I was looking for a moving company that also had a storage facility. With 2 kids, building a house, working and everyday #momlife, I knew I didn’t want to add coordinating another company on the list. 3 Men Movers came recommended through my neighborhood Facebook page and after speaking with their team, I was sold!
We chose to reserve the crew for the first move of the day. They gave me the option of either 7am or 8am, in which we chose the 7am. Depending on the size of your move, they also have “flex schedule” where they come out in the afternoon whenever they are done with their first move.
Daniel and his team were absolutely amazing! They were prompt, very professional, and wore mask the entire time. Since our items were going to two different locations, upon arrival we did a walk through discussing anything that was staying in our home, items that were going to the apartment and items going into storage.
The 3 Men Movers team was able to pack house in about 4 hours. For our size home (around 3,500 sq ft.) we used a 26 foot truck. **If you have a lot of stuff, I’d recommend talking with the 3 Men team about the next size truck as we completely filled the truck.
From there the team went our apartment where they unloaded boxes, set up our beds and dressers. The last stop was uploading the remaining at the 3 Men Movers storage facility. While Daniel and his team were unloading the rest of our items, I was able to talk to the storage facility manager, Dustin, and a few other team members in their office. You know how you can tell when someone truly enjoys their job? That’s how each of the employees I encountered acted.
A Few FAQ:
How much does it cost to move? This is totally dependent on several variables ie. how far your move is, what size truck you’ll need, if you’re moving on a week day or weekend. You can get a free estimate here.
Do I have access to the storage unit? Yes! I even went there the other day to get a few items. When the team was unloading, they asked if there were any boxes or items that should be kept in the front for easy access. I was given a key and personal security code to access my unit as need.
I’ll be sharing more about 3 Men Movers over the coming months as I share more about our new house and get closer to moving in.
I hope this blog post was helpful! I know how difficult it may be to trust a company to come into your home and move your personal belongings so I wanted to share our wonderful experience with 3 Men Movers in case you’re looking for Houston movers in the future!