Moving to a new home is exciting once you’ve transitioned and settled in. The actual process of packing up the home and relocating isn’t so much fun. In fact, it’s one of the most dreaded tasks we face in our lives. But, there are ample ways to reduce the headaches and frustrations that occur when moving if you’re willing to accept a little expert advice. The following tips are a few of the many that help eases the stressors of relocating so everyone in the family can enjoy the event just a little bit more.
Transfer Your Services
Far too many people forget to transfer services to the new home and find themselves sitting in the new property without the things they need, such as cable, electricity, internet, etc. Don’t include yourself in this group of people and create a list of services that you must transfer -and call now. Be sure to also notify magazine subscriptions, the DMV, etc. of the move. Some transfers may be possible to make online. For example, you can change the address online and save yourself a trip to the post office. Change address online is only one of the services available for an online transfer. Check with each of your providers for more information.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
We like to think we can get things packed and loaded onto the truck quickly, but often find ourselves overwhelmed when we wait until the last minute to prepare for such a big task. Don’t include yourself in this category. The moment you decide to move is the moment you should also start preparing for the event. Declutter the house and toss out things you no longer need; pack up items that you aren’t using; label your boxes. There is so much that you can do to prepare for the move now and avoid those last-minute blunders.
Pick the Best Day to Move
The more flexibility in your moving schedule, the easier it is to save money and ensure an easier move. Mid-week, Wednesday, is usually the best day to pick up and move to your new home. There is less traffic on the road so you’ll get to the destination much faster. You may also find the cost of professional moving services more affordable during the weekday versus weekend prices.
Lists are Important
Do you have moving day lists written out? Write out a list for everything if you want to ease the burdens of relocating. Create an inventory of the items in your home, names, and numbers of family/friends, lists of items that you’ll need for the new home. With lists in hand, staying organized and prepared is so much simpler.
Hire a Moving Company
Moving is a big job. Sadly, far too many people learn this information too late. Hire a moving company and ensure the move is made smoothly and without injuries. Moving professionals are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and manpower to make moving a breeze. Best of all, when professionals are there, you won’t risk injuring yourself by lifting heavy boxes and loading them onto a truck.
Purchase Packing Supplies
A black permanent marker, tape, bubble wrap, boxes, and other essential packing supplies are available from the local moving company for various prices. Purchase these items so you can start packing and preparing for the move well in advance of the big day. It’s easier to enjoy a smooth move when you are prepared with all of the supplies that you need to relocate.
All About Your Boxes
Don’t reuse boxes when moving. Those egg cartons from the supermarket are suitable to reuse for some tasks, but this isn’t one of them. New boxes are relatively cheap and reduce the risk of damage. Do not overload boxes; make sure that you can easily lift the box and that the bottom will not fall out due to the weight. Purchase enough boxes. Most moving companies offer money-back if you return unused boxes. Finally, box items according to room or task and label the boxes, so it’s easy to find things that you need when you need them.
Check the House Before You Leave
You might be surprised to learn how many people leave essentials at the old home and must make a return trip back to retrieve the items or, worse, lost them all together because they realize it too late. Don’t allow this to happen to you. Before you walk out the door with the last load, do a final step of the house. Make sure everything is on board in the truck and that everything is situated in a manner you feel comfortable leaving the home.
Create a Start-Up Kit
After a long day of moving, you are going to want to rest when you arrive at the new home. Unpacking those boxes can wait until tomorrow. To ensure you aren’t rummaging through boxes at the end of the day, pack a start-up kit before you depart the old house. This kit can contain all of the essentials that you will need at the new home, such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, and even bottled water and snacks. You’ll enjoy having this start-up kit by your side after a long day of loading and unloading trucks.
Make This Move Smooth & Simple
Whether your move takes you a few miles down the road, across the state, or across the country, there is no reason to let it become a stressful event when everyone in the family should feel nothing except excitement. Reduce those moving day stressors by inviting the tips above into your life when it’s time to pack up and head out. Using these tips reduces your moving day blunders and headaches. When ‘they’ tell you that moving is a headache, you can tell them otherwise, all by using the expert tips here on your big day.