You finally did it! You called your real estate agent at William Raveis Stowe Real Estate in Vermont and now you are a very proud homeowner. The sold sign is up and you have scratched your signature on several dozen sheets of paper. A new chapter in your life story is about to begin and your future looks quite bright.

The only problem is that now you have to move.

Face it, moving is never a task that people admit they are looking forward to doing. In fact, it is just the opposite, most people despise moving and would rather do almost anything else. That said, moving is an evil we must all endure from time to time throughout our lives.

Now, contrary to popular belief, moving does not have to be the horrific experience we are all used to. In fact, moving can be a walk in the park, a piece of cake if you will. Here are a few moving tips that will make your move more bearable, perhaps even enjoyable.

Call Your Friends

Moving is a difficult task and the more people you have the help, the quicker and easier it will be. Recruit people early and be persistent. You might have to up the ante to get them to come help you, sometimes you need to offer more than a beer or two and a few slices of pizza.

Make a Plan

Make a plan for moving day and write everything down. Sure, loading up boxes and furniture is easy to remember, but how about your plants, pets and motorcycle that hasn’t been started for six years?

If you look around your home, you will find all sorts of items that will need special handling or alternate ways of getting to the new home. Have a plan and moving day will go much easier.

Pack by Room

Focus on one room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms. Nothing is more frustrating than finding your pizza cutter in the box marked master bedroom.

Stop Buying Groceries

It is time to eat everything in your kitchen. Think about it, whatever food items you have in your kitchen, they will need to either be packed up and moved or eaten. We choose the latter.

Also, don’t run to the store and buy all sorts of food items that will only have to be dealt with when you move. Skip the store and grab your meals at your favorite eateries until you move.

Don’t Procrastinate

You know you are going to move, so get on it right away. We don’t care if the move is still eight weeks away, there are plenty of things you can be doing right now instead of watching shows on Netflix.

You can be out getting boxes and other supplies you need for the move. There are rooms that can be packed up early, like the guest bedroom that hasn’t seen a guest in three years. You can definitely start sorting through stuff in the garage and getting rid of junk you won’t be taking to the new house.

The more you do early on means the less you have to do on the big day.

Label the Boxes

Label all of your boxes clearly. Each box you pack should have the name of the room it is to go to and an idea of what is in it. For example, don’t just label a box “kitchen,” include that it is utensils or plates or pizza cutters.

Moving isn’t the most fun thing you will do after you buy a house, but at least it won’t be as bad as you might think. If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of being a homeowner, call William Raveis Real Estate.