It’s no secret that moving can be a stressful experience. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to help reduce the stress. Consider these 10 suggestions for making sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.
- Plan Diligently. Set aside time to plan out your move. Visualizing every element of this process will make things easier when the move happens.
- Mark Fragile Items. Marking fragile objects will help to keep everything intact throughout the move. You’ll be far more comfortable knowing that your fragile items will receive special attention during the move.
- Spread the Word. Rather than waiting until after you’ve moved, notify your friends, family, doctors, accountants, banks, insurance companies and other businesses that you patronize of your new address. If you’re currently renting, give your landlord a notice in writing—within the time frame specified by your lease agreement—that you are moving. Don’t forget to change your address at the post office!
- Hire a Sitter. Nothing is more important than your kids and/or your pets. Make the moving process that much easier for yourself and for them by hiring a sitter (off-site sitters are recommended) so that you can focus on the move.
- Be There. Even if you’ve invested thousands of dollars to hire professional movers, it’s still important for you to be at your old home until everything has been moved out. You’ll be able to answer any questions, and you’ll feel better knowing that you can give the house a final walk-through to make sure that everything has been loaded.
- Clean Up Before and After. Reduce the amount of stuff you’ll need to move by holding a yard sale or donating unwanted items. After packing, have the house cleaned from top to bottom. If you’d rather clean it yourself than pay someone else to do it, make sure you have the cleaning supplies you need ahead of time.
- Save a Spot. Don’t wait until moving day to find out if the moving truck will have enough space to start loading. If you live in a city, check with local officials to find out if you can get a permit to reserve parking space during your move. You can also check with neighbors to see if they’ll help you save a spot.
- Make an “Open First” Box. This is the box that you’ll pack last and unload first. This should contain essential items that you’ll need while you try to get everything in order in your new home. Things like toilet paper, towels, pillows and toiletries should be put in here, but there are plenty of other important items that you might want to pack as well.
- Set Up Your Utilities. Schedule your phone, cable, gas and electric installation services for your new home in advance. It’ll be one less thing to worry about once you move, and you’ll know that it’ll be ready once you arrive.
- Take Inventory. While you pack, take inventory of your possessions. An inventory is a detailed list of your possessions as well as their estimated current value. It’s a great way to ensure that you have the proper insurance to cover your items, and it will put your mind at ease if you ever have to file an insurance claim.
Although this list covers only a fraction of the helpful moving advice available, following these 10 simple tips will make your move immeasurably easier, and you’ll be glad that you found ways to reduce stress. Remember, whether you’re moving into a new home soon or moving later, it’s never too early to be prepared!