Moving? How to Stay Organized While Packing.

Moving? How to Stay Organized While Packing.

How to stay organized while packing is one of the hardest jobs ever.  Moving is daunting and exhausting. Although you are excited to get into your new home, the task of boxing and packing all of your belongings is stressful. By streamlining a system for moving, you can reduce this stress. You can get much more accomplished. To help you, we have compiled a list of ways to make the move easier for you.

Minimize 

Stay organized while packing through minimization. Minimization is key to any good move. Go through your belongings and get rid of items you don’t need. Get rid of items you won’t use as well.  Old clothing, glassware, decoration, even furniture that is not used can easily be donated. Consider selling items that are in good shape. By doing this you are now reducing, often by a lot, the number of items you not only have to pack and carry but that you have to unpack and put away. This also means fewer items to transport requiring less physical exertion and potentially even less cost and time. 

Packing Supplies

Often times we start packing with just what we have around the house. Soon we find ourselves out of supplies and running to the store and spending more than we should have for tape, packing materials and boxes. Instead, make a list of items you will need such as tape, boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, labels, markers, padding, rope, bins, and possibly a dolly to help easy the lifting and carrying. Next, go online and search for any sales or deals on the supplies you need. Spending 30 minutes to search for sales can end up saving you a hefty chunk of change.  Finally, go out and load up on all the supplies you need from the sales you found. Here is a thrifty tip: Many stores break down their boxes and must pay to have them hauled away. If you go to local stores in the morning before they toss the boxes, you may be able to get some really good boxes for no cost and save yourself some money. 

Categorize & label

This can not be stressed enough LABEL YOUR BOXES. Mark boxes that go into the kitchen, bath, bedroom, living room, etc as you pack them. Categorize items also such as a box with all the cups in it or a box with the silverware in it so putting items away is much easier and it is simple to find items while you are in the process of finding it all a place to go. Decide how you’ll want things to be grouped when unpacking and categorize and label them accordingly. This will save you a lot of time when unpacking. 

The Essentials box

This is a box that is often missed when packing. The essentials box is basically a box that contains things like toilet paper, napkins, a change of clothes, toothpaste and toothbrush and a towel. It is the most important box in your move.  It holds the items that you need right away when you get to your home . The items you can not live without such as medications. Be sure to include things for every member of the family.  Give each person their own essentials box for the move. If you have movers doing the moving for you, we would suggest that this box stays with you if possible so that you know where it is at all times and it is not located somewhere in the back of a moving van along route 94 heading to the storage unit. 

 

Stay organized while packing, it will make life easier. We hope these packing tips help to make your move a great one. For more great remodeling and home trends, continue to come back to the High Quality Contracting Inc website or contact us.

Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Building a New Home

Building a new home will either be the fulfillment of a dream or the beginning of a nightmare, depending on how you prepare yourself for the experience. Homeowners save for years, build their credit, and apply for the perfect home loan, putting in all the effort needed to make sure their credit and loan are ready to go. Then, as if reaching the 5-yard line, they drop the ball and fail to finish the planning that they needed to do for successful project completion. It is sad to watch. 

However, if you follow a few simple rules, your new home construction project can go forward with very few bumps and a lot of smiles. Our goal at High Quality Contracting is always to see our customers smile when they step into their completed home for the first time.  

So, how do you plan for the perfect new home construction project? Here are a few simple rules that we like to live by when advising our customers on planning for their new home construction. 

#1  Start with Confidence.

Many contractors will say that ratings and reviews by such organizations as The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and Angie’s List, to name a few, really do not mean anything. Well, they are lying.

 A home building contractor who is sincere in their business is not only willing to join these organizations but to follow their guidelines to ensure that their customers receive fair and honest pricing and work. The ratings indicate our adherence to organizational standards. The reviews reflect a candid glimpse of our past work. By joining these groups, we are standing up and stating our commitment to honesty, integrity, and quality.  

The problems start when you choose to hire a contractor who does not stand by these principles. What does that say about your future endeavors with them? Why are they providing you with a low ball bid? What are they not telling you? Be honest with yourself and think about the possible reasons and then run the other way. Always hire someone who has a solid ethical contracting background to build your new home. This is not a simple set of deck stairs, this is a new home, and you want that experience and history backing up the work they do for you. 

#2 Identify & Budget For The Total Project

The second-most-important rule that any new home builder needs to follow is to budget correctly for the project. Budgeting for such important projects includes factoring in a lot of variables. It is always best to sit down and talk seriously about your budget for the project with your contractor. We found that homeowners sometimes forget to consider the following items in their budget: 

  • Site Preparation- clearing and grade work on the property before the start of the build.
  • Landscaping- the cost for grass, hay, trees, etc. 
  • Building Permits- Municipalities and counties usually require a variety of permits for a new home build. Each license is a separate cost and can run as high as 1% of the total construction cost. 
  • Utility Access- such utilities as water, sewer, gas, cable all may have a fee to access the lines. 
  • Driveway Materials- The price for the concrete, pavers, bricks, and stone are all additional costs.

#3 Factoring in Time and Conditions for the Build-

Many homeowners fail to consider how long the lending process can take, which will delay the construction and purchase of materials. Since the 2008 home crisis, lenders are requiring more paperwork and are taking longer to release funds. If you want to start your project in spring, it is best to start your financing in the fall to allow time for all the paperwork.  

Another thing to consider is the weather. Depending on the phase of the project, the weather can delay a home build for weeks to months.

Delays in obtaining materials are another example of something that can cause your home to fall behind in the timeline. Although High Quality Contracting Inc. uses only the best companies for their materials, sometimes obtaining a popular material can cause a delay because of supply and demand.

Building a new home is a lot of work, as well as rewarding. High Quality Contracting, Inc. pledges to be with you every step of the way to assure your best possible experience. Working with your High Quality Contracting, Inc new home specialist will help prevent a nightmare and help make your dream home a reality.