Moving is a mentally and physically exerting endeavor and the longer you have stayed in your current address the harder and longer it takes to make a move. The entire process can be very stressful.
Your family, your limited time and your job all get upended and the further away you have to move the harder the entire process. Planning ahead may make the process more bearable.
There are some things you can do to manage the strain that moving places on you, your family and your finances.
1. Research moving companies
Different moving companies offer different packages depending on your needs as well as their business scope. Moving is a singular expense so don’t feel the need to spare a dollar only to get yourself a moving company that does not provide as wholesome a service as you require.
Hiring professional movers makes it far easier to move than hauling your entire home using any other means.
2. Plan for the furniture
Unless the move is a sudden need, starting a list of what needs to be done. One of the most cumbersome aspects of moving is how to handle furniture safely. A comprehensive list of what you need to move with and what to leave or give away is a great place to start.
Purchase the necessary tarps and covers early enough and categorize each piece of furniture accordingly.
3. Make a comprehensive list
Moving day is the culmination of a host of activities. Without a to-do list, many of these important aspects will get forgotten only to cause inconveniences later.
Cancelling mailing lists and memberships, picking and returning borrowed items from friends and relatives, clearing pending bills, changing addresses, redirecting mail and terminating warranties are simple enough errands that often get forgotten when making plans to make a move.
4. Organize the sensitive items
Have a clear plan for how you intend for important things to get handled. Paperwork, jewelry, family heirlooms, artwork, pets, rare collectibles, antique furniture among others need to be handled such that they arrive in perfect condition undamaged.
You can ship them earlier or have them packed and moved with you to ensure they remain safe. Consult you moving company as well since they may have a service that allows you to cater to these needs.
5. Declutter you house
It will surprise you just how many things in your house are non-essential items that you do not want to move with. The longer you have stayed in your house, the more you have accumulated stuff that you could live with but don’t have to take with you.
If you don’t declutter before your moving day, you will end up wasting space and money on a possible truck-load of stuff you should leave behind. Give away the items you don’t need to charity, sell them or give them to friends and relatives who may want something to remember you by.
Moving does not have to terrify you. If anything, a new environment could represent the frontier for new opportunities and adventure. With planning and a positive outlook, moving should be smooth.