The ultimate test of your planning and organizational skills comes when you actually move to a new house. If you approach moving in a methodical, goal-oriented manner, your move will unfold smoothly. Leaving you pleasantly surprised.
On the flip-side, when you have not properly planned ahead or made the necessary preparations, your move may turn into a stressful and frustrating experience. And, no one wants that! There are several ways to reduce the stress of moving. They require thinking ahead and having a plan.
Probably one of the most important methods of making sure things get done in a timely way is writing out your own detailed to-do list and revising it on a regular basis. Unless you commit goals, priorities, and tasks to paper (or a computer file), there’s a good chance it will be forgotten about or left to the last minute.
Plan Your Move
When you stay focused on the details of your move, you can foresee the steps that are needed to make your move a success. Then, once you have created a move plan, it is much easier to manage the move. Having a plan will result in everything being completed to your specifications. Otherwise, your move may feel a bit like a roller coaster ride, which is something all movers want to avoid! So, read on and follow some of our helpful tips below for a stress-free move. Or, give our office a call and work with our moving consultant to build a move plan for you.
Prior to your move, there are some recommended steps. The most important recommendation is to get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Clear out the clutter. Plan a garage sale. Have a donation truck pickup unwanted items from your doorstep. Drop items off at donation bins or recycling centers. If a lot of your unwanted belongings are of questionable value (to anyone), you may want to call a junk removal service. If you are short on time when moving, you may want to consider renting a dumpster. This is a convenient and affordable way to have household junk hauled away.
Donate Unwanted Items
Since one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, you may also want to donate unwanted items by posting them on social networking and classified websites. If the items you want to donate are even marginally useful, the word “free” will almost always generate a few emails and phone calls from interested people looking to save or make money. Or even consider placing the items on the curb with a Free sign. For a faster response, add a post onto craigslist.com under free stuff. It is amazing how quickly people will show up to haul away your unwanted items when they are free!
Additionally, you may want to consider donating your belongings to one of these organizations that specialize in donations. Most of them accept clothing, household goods, appliances, and furniture donations. Take a look at these 7 suggestions below:
- Goodwill Industries
- More Than Words (books)
- Salvation Army
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Habitat for Humanity Restore
- Local Library
- Local Food Bank
Having plenty of packing supplies on hand helps when planning a stress-free move. Packing supplies include an ample supply of cardboard boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, and cheap packing material. Although, you may be able to get your moving company to rent you some wardrobe boxes to save on the cost. It may be equally cost-effective to ask friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and even retail stores if they have any free boxes for you to use.
Heavy Duty Moving Boxes
One word of caution when it comes to cardboard boxes: Flimsy containers may tear or fall apart when put to the challenge of moving. Another mistake people make is filling large boxes with too many heavy items. Not only are heavy boxes more difficult to move, but it also increases the probability of breakage. In general, heavy duty moving boxes are known to endure a greater load, than the boxes provided by the “big box” stores, or ones you may get for free. So, for your most important or heaviest items, it makes sense to invest in sturdy boxes. It is also helpful to use heavy duty boxes if you are moving long distances because they can withstand a large amount of jostling in a moving truck while protecting your items. In addition, the items you are moving may have many different shapes, sizes, and weights. And, each item will surely not fit into the same size box. So, be sure to purchase your heavy-duty moving boxes in a variety of sizes as well.
Professional Moving Companies
Using a professional moving company to transport your belongings to a new home truly relieves you of the burden of heavy lifting. If you hire full-service movers they can do everything related to your move, including packing your boxes, moving items from Point A to Point B, and unpacking your belongings at your new home. Hiring movers to do every aspect of your move, will provide you with the least amount of stress and work for you. Alternatively, if you are looking to save money and want to do most of the work, you can hire movers to only do the heavy lifting and driving. This is also a great option if you want to save money without taking on too much stress.
Learn More About Moving Costs
If you are interested in learning more about moving costs and savings, check out our article on how moving costs are calculated. It will give you a better idea of what to expect to spend on moving services.
If you’ve decided you want to hire a mover, check out our free moving cost calculator and estimate how much it will cost you to move with us.
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