Moving day is often a stressful time. There are a lot of different things going on, and without proper planning before hand, the day quickly turns chaotic. If you have a moving day coming up, it’s important that you get ready for it. By following the tips below you can make your moving day a lot easier, and hopefully turn it into a stress-free event.
Start Packing and Preparing Early
The key to a successful move is not waiting until the last minute. If you only start planning for your move a few days beforehand, you’ll quickly find that you don’t have enough time to get everything in order. As soon as you know you’re going to move, you should start planning out all of the things you need to do. Find a mover, clean out the house, organize what you’re bringing, and more.
As a part of this preparation, you’ll also need to start packing up your stuff. Unless you are having the moving company do this for you, it’s likely going to be a time consuming event that you need to take care of yourself. If you try to do it right before you move, you’ll just end up packing things improperly – which leads to broken items, and an inefficient use of space. Read this guide for how to pack for a move, and set aside time to do it well before moving day arrives.
Work With a Good Mover
The second most important aspect for an easy moving day is working with a good moving company. A good moving company will handle most of the work for you, communicate clearly so you know what’s going on, and get the job done in a timely fashion. If you just pick any mover, you might find on the day of the move that they are late, don’t have the right size truck, break items in transit, or over-charge you. All of this only adds to your stress level, but is avoidable with a reputable moving company. Ask friends and family for suggestions, or read online reviews to ensure you end up with a good mover.
Have a Plan for Your Kids and Pets
If you have any kids or pets, you might find that they are a distraction on the day of the move. Your best bet is to come up with a plan before moving day to eliminate this extra burden. Find a babysitter for your kids, or drop them off at a friends house. For your pets, there are plenty of pet sitting places that will watch them for the day. Trying to keep young kids occupied while everything is going on, or having a dog run around while furniture moves around is something you don’t want to deal with. Once everything settles down, you can pick up your child or pet, and bring them to their new home.
Coordinate With Your New Location
Imagine it’s the day of the move, and the truck is all packed up. You arrive at your new destination, only to discover there is a problem with your new home or apartment. Maybe the superintendent wasn’t ready for you yet, or the previous owners left a lot of stuff behind. Before your moving day arrives, coordinate with your new location to ensure everything is ready to go. Double-check the day before the move so that the next day you can arrive at your new home without any issues.
Keep A Running Checklist
As you’re doing things to prepare, and new things come up, you’ll want a moving checklist to keep it all in order. Grab a pen and paper and jot down all of the things you need to do, adding more items as they arise. Once you get something done, like preparing your home for real estate photos, check it off and move onto something else. If you’re afraid of losing the list, type it up on your phone or computer (this is also helpful if you want to share it with someone else). Do whatever works for you, but keep the list handy and updated. Trying to keep track of everything in your mind is too stressful for something as big as a move, so don’t put that added burden on yourself.
Getting Ready to Move Doesn’t Have to be Difficult
The main reason so many moving days are stressful is because people don’t plan out in advance. If you take some time to think of everything you need to do, and then tackle each item one at a time, you should find that your moving day goes off without a hitch. So keep the stress away by following the tips above whenever you have a moving day approaching, and you’ll thank yourself afterward.