Moving Tip: Moving with Numbers


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“Guest Bedroom — 3rd floor, 2nd bedroom on the right,” I yelled. Two minutes later, “Which bedroom on the right?” the mover yelled back.

“Which room is the nursery again?” asked the next mover. “Is the family room the room on the front of the house or in the basement?” asked the last two movers holding a sleeper couch.

There had to be a better way to move and direct traffic! I was the crossing guard yelling the floor plan to movers as they held heavy furniture and boxes. We were all exhausted and at times frustrated with the process. Today, I use and recommend to my clients a moving system that has made moving faster and easier!

Moving with Numbers
Start with a floor plan. If you did not get one from the seller, prepare a hand- or computer-drawn floor plan of the property. The rooms do not have to be sized accurately or to scale, but the layout will give you and the movers a frame of reference for what goes where. This is especially critical for homes that have two living rooms or if you have already identified rooms as “nursery” or even if your kids have picked out their rooms “Abby’s Room.”

Once you have the floor plan, label each room with a number. I let my kids pick their number, so they feel involved in the moving process. They love tracking their numbers from the old house to the new house. When you pack boxes or prepare furniture in each room, label the box and furniture with that number. You can add the name of the room, as well, but be sure the number is large and clearly written.

Finally, create signs for the new property to direct the movers where the rooms — by number — are located. For example, have a sign at the staircase indicating “Room #3/Abby’s Room” is upstairs. Then, post another sign indicating which way to go once you are at the top of the stairs. End the trail with a sign near the doorway to confirm the room is the right room.

A little organization up front when preparing to move can help decrease the yelling of directions, decrease frustrations on already stressful days, reduce moving time, decrease costs when hiring professional movers, and increase the excitement of moving into a new home!

Download “Steps for Number Coordinating” and “Move & Moving” label templates here. Click image to enlarge:

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Jen McCann, RealtorJen McCann, a Realtor® who specializes in helping home buyers and sellers in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, knows a house is more than just three bedrooms, two baths, and garage. It's an investment in your life — one of the biggest you'll ever make! Jen also believes more information leads to better decisions! That's why she is dedicated to educating first time home buyers and seasoned homeowners before and during the home buying and selling process.

In addition to private consultations, Jen hosts in-person seminars and online webinars for buyers and sellers. These free, no-obligation opportunities are an excellent way to understand the ever-changing market, what things families need to consider when buying or selling, and much, much more! Learn about Jen here and her upcoming events here. Visit Jen McCann, Realtor®, at Re/Max Premier, 44675 Cape Ct., Ste. 110, Ashburn, VA 20147. Connect: Online | Facebook | O: (703) 318-0067 | M: (703) 587-8787.


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