Tips for Getting Ready to Move Into Your Manufactured Home

Getting ready to move into a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also be very hectic and stressful. There are so many things to pack, people to notify, arrangements to make, and addresses to change. So many things to do and so little time get it all done! To make your move to a manufactured home in one of our HomeFirst™ communities a little easier, here are a few helpful hints:

Designate Folders for Move-Related Documents

Moving to a new home can involve a lot of paperwork and e-mail correspondence, so keeping all of your important documents organized is extremely important. Creating a special folder for all your move-related paperwork is an excellent idea; something like a file folder or a regular two-pocket folder like you used in school will do just fine. If you’re making a lot of your arrangements online, create a special folder in your e-mail client for any emails about the move. Knowing all your important documents are together in one place can be a huge relief!

Clear the Clutter

Sometimes, you don’t realize how much stuff you have in your home until it’s time to pack everything up. Although the manufactured homes in our HomeFirst™ communities have plenty of storage space available, you don’t necessarily want to go through the effort of packing up and moving things you don’t really need or want anymore. Maybe you have some furniture that doesn’t suit your style anymore or you have some things you forgot you even had. As you’re packing, set aside everything you know you definitely aren’t going to need in your new home and decide whether or not you should donate it to charity, sell it online, give it away, or have a yard sale before moving.

Finding Boxes

Moving to a new home always requires plenty of boxes. Although you can buy moving boxes from places like U-Haul, you might be able to get some free ones from places like grocery stores, drug stores, bars and restaurants, and liquor stores. Boxes from bars and liquor stores are particularly popular with movers because the boxes used to ship liquor bottles are very sturdy. If you’re going to try getting boxes from a store or restaurant, give them a call first so they know to set them aside for you and don’t break them down. You could also ask your friends and family members if they have any boxes they could spare or check on Craigslist.

Pack an “Essentials” Box

We all have those certain items we use every day. Once all your things have been moved to your new manufactured home, you’re going to have a lot of unpacking to do and you don’t want to be searching all over for those important, everyday things. When packing your things, designate one box to hold all the things you use every day and clearly label it so it will be easy to find when you’re in the new house.

Lots of Labels

Making sure all of your boxes are clearly labeled can help save you a lot of headaches when you’re unpacking. Label each box with the room where the movers should put it and you won’t have to worry about finding a box of plates when you’re trying to unpack things for your bedroom.

Protecting Your Things

If you don’t want to buy bubble wrap to protect your things, you can use things like newspaper, towels, blankets, or even clothes to protect your things from being damaged while moving. Not only is this more economical, it’s more environmentally friendly and when you use things like towels and blankets, which you’d bring with you anyway, you can pack them and have them serve a practical purpose, too.

When you move into a manufactured home in one of our HomeFirst™ communities, moving can be a little bit easier than you might expect. Many homes in our communities come outfitted with kitchen appliances so you might not have to worry about moving yours or buying new ones. If you rent a home in one of our communities or buy a home that’s been previously owned, you’ll have the assurance of knowing you won’t have to fix or replace anything when you move in. Before we rent or sell a home to a new owner, we always go in and inspect it to make sure everything is still in good working order and replace things like flooring and cabinets that are showing signs of wear and tear. How’s that for convenience?
We hope your upcoming move goes well. We can’t wait to welcome you to the neighborhood!

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