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How to Make Moving Into Your New Home Less Stressful

By Kelly Thomas, in All Communities

You’ve signed the papers, you’ve told your friends and family, and your dream home is just waiting for you to move in. But now, you actually have to MOVE in. Moving day can be as stressful as it is exciting, but a bit of preparation and organization can go a long way for your big day. Check out some of our tried-and-true packing/moving tips, and congratulations on your exciting new adventure!

ONE

You will ALWAYS need more boxes than you think. Pop into your local grocery store, liquor store, or produce stand (apple bushel boxes are worth their weight in gold) and they will most likely jump at the chance to unload some of their boxes on you.

TWO

Also, posting a quick request on your town’s local Facebook group will generally result in dozens of people offering up their old moving boxes to you, free of charge.

THREE

Label, label, label. Keep that sharpie handy, and make sure everyone who is helping you pack has one. Feeling particularly ambitious? Buy colored duct tape and color-code the boxes to their corresponding room. You will be grateful that you did, and so will everyone who is helping you bring boxes into your new home.

FOUR

Double the amount of time you think it will take to pack and unpack. Even if you are moving out of a small home or apartment, you most likely have way more belongings than you realize. And no one is immune to taking a stroll down memory lane as they sort through and pack up their keepsakes. Leave yourself time to enjoy the journey and take breaks.

FIVE

Use your linens as eco-friendly packing material for your dishware and dining sets to keep them protected and separated. Just make sure to properly label the box and write “Fragile” on it so whoever unpacks it knows the pillowcases have plates in them!

SIX

Keep Ziploc bags and small jars handy to hold screws from shelving, large electronics, and anything else you have to disassemble. Label the bag/jar and store it in the same box with the product it came from to make reassembly a breeze.

SEVEN

Moving day is exhausting and having to root through dozens of boxes the next day to find an outfit, medication, a phone charger, etc will get really old, really fast. Pack a bag ahead of time, like you are going away for the weekend, with all the essentials you will need for a few days.

EIGHT

“Where did we put Sadie’s vet records?” “Where is the car title?” Save yourself some stress by taking this opportunity to organize and label all of your important documents and store them safely in the same space.

NINE

Throw together a small cleaning basket with paper towels, dish soap, sponges, windex, and any other cleaning products you use on a daily basis. Place it somewhere easily accessible so you can take care of any last-minute messes while moving in or out.

TEN

Finally getting rid of that couch in the basement, or the dresser that doesn’t go with your new bedroom set? Contact your local thrift store and see if they make house calls. Most thrift stores have access to moving trucks and will happily swing by and pick up your large donation.

ELEVEN

If you are renting a moving truck/box truck for your move, keep in mind that most truck rental companies offer a lower rate on weekdays, especially in the middle of the month. A lot of people choose the first or last weekend of the month to move, so having some flexibility in your schedule can mean big savings, and less traffic!

TWELVE

Go to USPS.com/move to change your address online, and have your mail forwarded to your new home. This process can take 7-10 business days, so make sure you factor this time in, especially if you will be unable to retrieve anything from your old address after your move. For added ease, sign up for Informed Delivery on their website to see pictures of your mail and packages before they arrive!

Are you moving into a Schell Brothers community? Find and follow your new community on Facebook to connect with other homeowners and see upcoming events!

Schellebrity Spotlight: Freedom Boat Club Delaware

By Kelly Thomas, in All Communities

Summer time…and the boating’s easy. To kick off the Schellebrity Spotlight series, we’re featuring our friends at Freedom Boat Club Delaware!

We’re extra excited for BBQ’s, fireworks, and all things 4th of July! What’s better is this year, you can join Freedom Boat Club and spend your holiday on the water. Yep, it’s that easy to have your choice of boat from their beautiful fleet – without all the upkeep and maintenance. And Schellebrity Club members receive an exceptional discount! Read on to learn more; and be sure to check out upcoming Schellebrity Spotlight posts, each featuring one of our favorite local businesses participating in the Schellebrity Club.

Freedom Boat Club Delaware is a boat club based in Lewes and Long Neck offering members unlimited access to their fleet of boats. We absolutely love the hassle-free boating FBCD provides for those of any experience level. Whether you’re an avid boater or you’ve never been on the water before, FBCD provides unlimited boat training to make sure you and your loved ones always have a fun and safe day on the water.

Freedom Boat Club started in 1989 in Sarasota, Florida and has expanded to 190+ locations worldwide. Becoming a member of FBCD not only entitles you to unlimited access to their fleet of boats in Delaware, but reciprocal access to all the other clubs as well.

One of the owners of Freedom Boat Club Delaware, Bev Rosella, explains how she got into the world of boating and never looked back: “I’ve never really been a boater. I went boating with friends on occasion throughout the years, but it’s not something that I was really exposed to all that much. About eight years ago, a recently retired friend found himself in a second career as a Freedom Boat Club owner. We ended up buying one of the boats from his fleet, then proceeded to climb aboard on the North Shore of Long Island and pilot the boat through Long Island Sound and Hell’s Gate, down the East River, under the bridges, along the New Jersey coastline, across the Delaware Bay and into the Roosevelt Inlet to their new home in Lewes. Hence, my boating life began!”

Another – and perhaps the best – perk of being a FBCD member is their hassle-free business model that eliminates much of the work, expenses, and stress of being a boat owner. “It’s less than a third of the cost of owning your own boat,” explains Tom Rosella, President and Co-Owner. “You have none of the hassle. We maintain, clean, do all of the repairs, winterization and storage.”

Along with your boat club membership, you’ll also enjoy VIP access to FBCD events, ranging from member socials and ladies’ trips to educational seminars. This is a great way to get to know other locals with similar interests, whether it’s over a beer or a fishing pole!

Freedom Boat Club Delaware is currently offering $1,500 off the one-time initiation fee for the first 15 Schellebrity Club members to join. Visit freedomdelaware.com or call 833-BOAT-DEL for more information. Join to take advantage of unlimited access to an entire fleet of boats this season, and for years to come. Enjoy life on the water…we sure do!