If you’re moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. But if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly.

Here are 7 things you can do to prepare for a SEAMLESS transition.

1. Can you do it alone or should you hire a Move Manager for a full-service or partial-service move?  The answer depends on your lifestyle, household size, budget and amount of time you have to get everything accomplished.

2. Plan to unpack BEFORE you pack. Take photos of each room in the new home before you arrive with furniture, plants, appliances and family in tow. Write down on a clip board where each item should go in your next home before packing, and carry it with you on moving day.

3. Be strategic about packing and start packing early. Whether it’s one room, one cabinet or a drawer at a time, weed through what may be years of accumulation. You’ll be surprised at how much you can donate, recycle or give to friends.

4. Don’t fight with Fido. Sometimes we forget that all the packing and constant in-and-out of visitors is stressful for animals. Consider checking your pet into a daycare facility, or setting up a time for a friend to take them or check them into pet day care. For some additional tips when moving your pet check out our blog “What about the Dog?”

5. Keep track of small parts. Some items need to be broken down into pieces when moving. Rather than tape the small pieces to the furniture, which can result in losing them, put everything in a baggie that is clearly marked and sealed. Keep all of the separate baggies together in one box on moving day and personally take it with you to your new home.

6. Take pictures of electronic hook-ups. Hooking up TVs, DVRs, home theater systems and computers can be challenging. Before unplugging any wires for the move, take a photo of the connections, print them out and label them in detail. This will create fewer headaches when setting up technology in the new home.

7.  Packing cleaning products and toxins. Products such as detergents, pesticides and paint are heavy and unwieldy to pack. Dispose of as many as possible before the move in an eco-friendly way.

If, even armed with this information, this all still seems overwhelming or time suddenly becomes an issue, consider hiring a Move Manager like Seamless Moves to consult with you and help you make a plan to get everything accomplished before you move. It won’t help your job or family if you are too stressed out to enjoy your new home!

Thanks to realtor.com for these tips.