Moving can be stressful, complicated and overwhelming. Although moving, whether it's to a new state, town or just right down the street, is an exciting time. Here are some tips to help make your move to eastern North Carolina and the Crystal Coast as smooth and stress-free as possible!

1. Declutter and get rid of things when packing.

You can make the unpacking portion of your move much easier by getting rid of things that are not necessary to take with you. Make a point to set aside items to sell, donate or trash. This way you won't be moving and unpacking more stuff than you have to.

2. Organize and label all items.

Make sure you run to the hardware store to gather packing supplies like bubble wrap, packing paper, tape and permanent markers. Organize items in boxes by room and make sure to clearly and specifically label them. This will help you - or your movers - to know where boxes belong when it comes to unpacking.

3. Consider professional movers.

Moving is stressful no matter how prepared and organized you are. Consider hiring professional movers that will load your boxes, drive them to your new home and unload them in corresponding locations in your new home. This spares a lot of time for you and can eliminate a lot of stress.

4. Create a list and schedule.

Before beginning to pack, create a list of all the tasks you must complete and establish a deadline for each. Mark these dates and tasks on a calendar and check it each day to stay on track.

5. Schedule utility disconnections at your old home and connections at your new home.

Call your utility companies including electricity, water, cable, internet, phone, security, and even pest control. Give these companies a date to disconnect all utilities and go ahead and call the companies in your new home town to set up connections so that you don't go without power or water.

6. Contact the Post Office and let friends know of your address change.

You can go online to the US Postal Service website and submit a change of address. Do this a week or so before the actual move takes place. Make sure to send out an email or text to friends and relative to let them know of your new address.

7. Stop buying groceries about a week before the move.

This is probably something you don't think about but groceries and stuff in your fridge will be hard to transport - especially if you're moving a long distance. Stop buying groceries a week or so before the move and use up as much perishable food as you can.

If you're considering moving to the Crystal Coast, whether you're a current resident and just looking for a new home or you're located across the state, we're here to help! Give us a call today to speak with one of our local real estate agents!

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