Cedar Springs is a vibrant city with a lot going on, including an annual Red Flannel Festival. Thus, moving here could be both fun and exciting. Located approximately 20 minutes away from downtown Grand Rapids, putting down roots in this little entertainment hub simply makes sense. Moreover, with convenient access to lakes, parks, and other recreational areas, Cedar Springs is really the best of both worlds.
If you have fallen in love with this lively city and are moving into a new manufactured home in Cedar Springs, your adventures are just beginning.
Planning on moving into your new mobile home soon? Then, we suggest booking a moving company ASAP. Of course, moving on your own is always feasible, but it is highly recommended that you hire movers, especially during the Summer.
With that being said, Summer is generally the busiest time of year for most moving companies, therefore the sooner you call, the more likely you will be able to secure a spot (during non-peak times). In fact, if you are planning on moving into your new Cedar Springs manufactured home in, let’s say, August, you should seriously consider calling around and requesting quotes now. Otherwise, usually 6-8 weeks before you move is the best time to start reaching out, particularly if you want to keep the moving costs low.
Besides hiring movers, like yesterday, there are five other helpful tips to consider when moving into your manufactured home in Cedar Springs this summer.
#1. Consider the Community/Park Rules
Unexpected issues or problems on move-in day are never fun—we can all agree on that, right? One way in particular to have a smoother transition is to review the rules of your new manufactured home community.
The truth is every manufactured home community has different rules and regulations. By reviewing yours in advance, you can save yourself a lot of time and money. For instance, some management companies require the name and information of your moving company. Moreover, most parks have strict rules about where moving vans can be parked, as well as size/weight restrictions. You may even need to book a specific time with your community/park in order to have your movers allowed on the premises.
Thus, as you can see, these are all things that could potentially have adverse effects on your move, especially if you are not aware of them until you show up with your stuff.
#2. Handle the Basics
When moving anywhere, it helps to get a handle on the basics. This, of course, includes changing your mailing address (aim for at least two weeks before your move-in date). You should also have your utilities canceled at your previous address, so you can schedule a time for everything to be set up at your new home, especially for the air-conditioning.
While handling these basics, you may want to consider getting an inspection or conducting a cursory one yourself beforehand to ensure that there are no repairs or maintenance issues that need to be addressed.
Finally, it doesn’t hurt to bring along a few cleaning supplies to spruce up the place for move-in day.
#3. Plan Out the Details
Planning out the details is yet another way to make your move a breeze. If you are a list person, don’t feel ashamed to list away. Create a moving checklist, an inventory list, a packing list, etc. Having a clear roadmap of what needs to be done will help make your move less stressful.
Start by making a list of the things that you absolutely need to take with you. This will help you identify what you can purge, donate, or pack. Once you have successfully downsized your possessions, don’t start packing just yet. Instead, it may be beneficial to plan out where everything is going to go in your manufactured home. The goal is to have all the stuff you do need to fit into your new home. Plus, having an idea of where everything should go will help you pack/label/color-code more efficiently.
Last but not least, one more detail worth planning out is the sitter. If you have children or pets, you may want to consider getting a sitter for them. Moving is already hard enough without cranky kids and frightened pets. If you would prefer not to have the additional expense of a sitter or doggie daycare, then try asking a friend or relative to watch them. For both pets and younger children, a new place is a significant change. Consequently, it may be better to ease them in later and not on a hot day in August.
#4. Pack With Purpose and Be Prepared For the Heat
Finally, now you can start packing. But don’t get too excited just yet—it is time to pack with purpose.
You may be asking yourself what exactly does that mean? Well, it means same-sized boxes, sharpies, refrigerator bags, protective wrapping, and overnight bags. You will also need paper towels, box fans, water bottles, snacks, and sunscreen. Remember, you are moving in the heat. Thus, you need to be prepared for it all.
Same-sized boxes allow for straightforward loading. Clear labeling saves you hours of searching for your home office stuff amongst a sea of boxes. Protective wrapping and refrigerator bags help protect your fragile items or perishables. Plus, packing an overnight bag allows you to keep the essentials all in one convenient and readily accessible place.
The remaining items will help you to stay dry, cool, hydrated, nourished, and protected from the harsh rays of the sun as you move into your brand new home.
#5. Explore the Area
After the movers have left, unpack at your own pace. You have all your essentials on hand, so there is no need to rush. In fact, after a much-needed break, why not take a tour of the town?
There is so much to see and do in Cedar Springs. If you get done unloading the truck early enough, you can take a refreshing shower, change, and have a nice night out on the town. Then again, you could check out your local grocery stores, drive by your new job, or just take the family for a nice relaxing drive.
Whatever you decide, the hard part is over. Now you get to decorate, enjoy your amazing manufactured home, and become acclimated to the area. Alternatively, if you are too exhausted for a night out or a long drive, then go have a friendly chat with your new neighbors, if you haven’t already. Your neighbors can give you the lowdown on the best bars and restaurants, plus they can explain how seriously everyone takes the Red Flannel Festival.
Moving, even for adults, can be stressful, scary, and involve a period of transition. With that being said, there is no need to panic.
Schedule movers—your back and your knees will thank you for it. Moreover, once you are settled in, unpack what you can the first day, order a pizza, and plug in the TV, if that is in fact what you need. Take a break, especially if you have not had time to sit down all day.
It’s also okay to meet the neighbors and go exploring tomorrow. Ultimately, if you follow these five tips, moving into your manufactured home this Summer should not be such a headache, it will be more like another day on the books.
So, take a deep breath and trust that your move will go according to plan. Before you know it, you will be home, blissfully living your new life in Cedar Springs.