15 Packing Tips for Moving

There are tons of things that you’d rather be doing than packing. But when you sell your home, moving is no longer a matter of if but when… it’s time to accept the inevitable.

Before you look around and panic, take a deep breath. We’ve consulted knowledgeable real estate agents and moving professionals to collect the best packing tips to facilitate and simplify your move.

packing1. Start by assembling your all-star team. The first thing you can do is rally the troops. Many hands make light work, and you will need all the help you can receive. Use this event as an excuse to be together.

2. Inquire as to what the moving company will do for you regarding packing. Ask if the service package includes wrapping the furniture in plastic, including dressers, nightstands, and end tables.

3. Stock up on all of your moving must-haves such as boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap. If you’re packing up a whole house, it’s better to have extra packing materials than not enough.

4. Sort items into three separate piles: sell, donate, and toss. If you’re hurrying, you might want to start throwing random items into boxes. But you can streamline the process by keeping the focus on simplifying and downsizing down before you move. It is never too early to start planning your move. Smart sellers know less is more when it comes to showing a home and start the decluttering process well in advance.

5. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Why not host a pre-move party? Before putting perfectly good items in the trash invite friends, family, and neighbors over to go through your unwanted items. Give them your half-empty liquor bottles, cleaning supplies, and perishable foods. It will be less expensive to restock once you’re in your new home than moving those items.

6. Hold a weekend yard sale for the final purge. Plenty of people enjoy shopping at good old-fashioned garage sales.

7. Create a moving itinerary and take a home inventory. You can choose to write one or download one from the internet. A basic home inventory can help keep you on track before and during your move. We have a printable template to make things easier just let us know, we will gladly share it with you.

8. Calculate the number of boxes you’ll need in advance. Boxes are essential when preparing for a move. Keep an eye out for free boxes.


9. Get creative with items that you already own that can be used as boxes. Use storage items such as plastic totes, recyclable grocery bags, storage containers, sturdy baskets, etc. This can cut down on your box expenses.

10. Label each box with your last name, its general contents, “Fragile” if necessary, and what room the box belongs in.

11. Begin by packing nonessentials, seasonal items, or anything you don’t regularly use such as art from the walls, clothing that is out of season, holiday decorations, or dishware for special occasions.

12. Take a photo of the back of your TV and any other electronics that need various cords or cables. You’ll need to know and where to plug everything in and it will save time setting up at your new home.

13. Be sure to plan for your first days in your new home. Just like it takes time to prepare for your move, it’s going to take the time to unpack and get situated in your new home. It helps if you have necessities ready and easy to locate such as your pillows, laptop, your favorite sweatpants, and snacks. Typically, these would be items that you packed last and transported with you.


new home14. Use a binder to store your important and sensitive documents. Make a file for critical personal documents and put them in your fireproof safe and transport that with you during the move.

15. Be sure to inform every one of your new address. Alert all your utility companies about your change of address a few weeks prior to your move. Organize a shutoff date at your old home and a start date at your new home. Be sure to change your address on all accounts and subscriptions.

Moving doesn’t have to be dreadful, but it can be a chaotic and nerve-racking time for some people. Outsource what you can and plan in advance as much as possible. Any stress will be well worth it once you’re enjoying your new home!

Moving with pets? Here are some tips to make the transition easy for your best friends!

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Home


When buying a new home it is easy to overlook pertinent information or important steps in the purchase of your new home. The agents at Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes are here to assist you in making decisions for a smooth home purchase!

Here are 5 common mistakes that are made by home buyers:

Making an offer on a home before prequalification – Being prequalified will make the buying process much easier when making an offer on the home of your dreams. Take the time to speak with a lender before you jump into an offer. Specific questions a lender will ask in regards to income, debt and lifestyle will help determine the price range you are able to afford. It is best to talk with several lenders to ensure you are applying for the loan that is right for you.

Not having a home inspection – Making the mistake of not having your dream home inspected before finalizing the sale may cost you tomorrow. Qualified home inspections will detect issues that many buyers can overlook, especially when it is your first home. Ask your real estate agent for a referral if you are unsure of who to turn to for a proper home inspection.

Limiting your search to the internet – When searching for your dream home on the internet, many times homes have been sold or are under contract and the home listing information has not yet been updated. The best way to view active listings and up to date information is through a real estate agent. Real estate agents will have the most recent information and will help you find the home that suits you best. There can also be home listings that are not available to the general public.  A local real estate agent is the best source to finding your dream home!

Choosing the wrong real estate agent – Making the right connection with a real estate agent is crucial. It is important to interview different agents to make sure you are hiring an agent that puts your needs before, during and after the sale. Building a strong relationship with your real estate agent will make the process of buying a home easier for you and if they know what your needs and wants are, they will strive to fulfill them.

Thinking there is only one dream home out there for you – The process of buying a home is process of elimination, not selection. The market is growing daily, make sure to keep an open mind to new property listings throughout the buying process. Be sure to ask your real estate agent for a comparative market analysis (CMA) comparing recently sold homes or homes still on the market to the home you are interested in purchasing. Keep in mind that every home might have a slight flaw and might not match up to your needs and want list.  Compromise is key – you may need to adjust your list to ensure you have you needs met instead of all of your wants.

It is important to not make these most common mistakes when you feel you are ready to make an offer on your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County. We are committed to serving you, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have when making an offer on a home! Contact us today at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or (360) 941-3734.


Ready to Move?



Some people downsize their homes, others relocate to other areas, but the majority of people move because they want more space.  In addition to price and number of bedrooms, it is important to share your objectives with your real estate broker, when looking for a new home, so that they can help find the right home to meet your needs.

If you’re considering moving up, downsizing or simply finding a floor plan that better meets your needs, here are some things to consider for your new home:


  • What is most important to you?  Waterfront?  View?  Proximity to a marina?


  •  Neighborhood: Do you want a neighborhood with CCRs?  Walking distance to town?  Privacy?


  • Bedroom/Bathrooms: How many bedrooms do you need? How about for guests?  Do you need a den as well?


  • Great room or traditional family room: Do you want a place to relax, or for your children or grandchildren and their friends?


  • Extra room: Do you need a place for media, hobbies, or to read?


  • Do you have a pet?  Do you want a fenced yard or the ability to fence it in?


Prioritize which features, size and floor plans are important to you before you begin your search and your home search will be easier.  Sometimes your criteria will change during the home selection process, and that is not unusual.  Just let your real estate broker know so that they can stay on track with your needs.

If you are thinking about moving, please give us a call, we are here to help you every step of the way.


(360) 941-3734

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221