Moving is typically a significant decision particularly if you’re uprooting your life and to live somewhere far. Your main challenge physically will have to be logistics. You’ll quickly get your hands full if you’re moving with children and all their stuff. However, it also offers an opportunity for a new start, be it a career, relationship, or life in general. To get that new chance in life up to a great start, it’s important to deal with some stuff to prevent stress from taking over. Here are some planning tips for a breezy move:
1. Choose Your Movers
Choosing your movers also relates to the timing of your move and in most cases the price of moving on a particular day. Movers are key to your entire endeavor, they can make or “literally” break the experience for you. This is especially important if you’re moving across states. You can find great information from looking into the best interstate movers reviews and find someone near you that’ll best serve your needs. It’s best to make a shortlist and contact them early on to compare rates and services.
2. Organize Your Belongings
Stress may come from having to worry if you’ve forgotten something that you need or things that fell through the cracks of your long to-do list. So you may want to organize rather than just making a list. Make a list of things that you really need when you get there and see if you already have them and if it’s possible to move them (as well as the costs). Have a timeline and schedule your activities accordingly, for example, if you were invited to spend a couple of days camping with all your outdoor gear, a day before your scheduled move, you may want to reconsider saying yes to that.
After you’ve finalized the things that you’re going to take to your new home, it’s time to think of what you’re going to do with what’s left. This is important as getting rid of unnecessary stuff early on will reduce the number of things that you’ll have to clean up before you leave.
Your first option will be to sell them, start with things that you’re not using and have no plans of using in the foreseeable future. You’ll gradually move on to things that you’ll need but can live a few days without it. Some people would typically sleep on the floorboards and eat on flattened boxes a week before they move. If you have things that aren’t sold, have someone pick them up and dispose of them properly.
4. Packing Plan
Just like discarding things by selling them off, you can start packing things that you won’t use until you’ve finally moved. The outdoor gear in the example above would prime examples of what’s going into the boxes first. As the days draw near, you’ll find more things that would be timely to pack. By the last remaining days, you may find eating off disposable dishes. Make clear labels of what’s inside the boxes and separate them accordingly, especially those that break easily.
You may also want to pack your valuables separately and keep an eye on them when it’s time to move. You’ll also have to separately pack an essentials bag, this will include necessary items like towels, change of clothes, and other toiletries. When you get to your new home, it’ll be a lot easier if you have all of them in a small separate bag than dig through your boxes immediately.
5. Prepare Your New Place in Advance
If possible get to your new place a week before your move and see if you’re going to need anything there. This may include a new lock and keys, furniture, etc., it’s best to check out what you’re going to expect when you arrive. You may also want to clean your new home so that you can start unpacking when you arrive. If it’s too far away, you may just call your agent to assist you in identifying those things.
6. Bills and Mails
You’re going to have to talk to your utility provider to let them know, in case they were not advised, that you’re moving. Pay the remaining bill but if you want to continue to use their services or subscription, update your info with your new address. This will also include some of your relevant IDs and the electoral register. If you’re currently renting, let your landlord know that you’re moving out and they’ll leave instructions on where to leave the keys.
7. Clean And Sleep Early
Cleaning the house before you leave is a great way to check if you’ve forgotten to pack something in the boxes. It’s also a good gesture to your landlord. It’s advisable to have an early start so make sure you’re well-rested.
While moving is inherently stressful, doing these necessary albeit tedious things can effectively lessen the stress and minimize mistakes and costly errors. However, it’s important not to focus on the things that make that day dreadful, rather, think of what that day means – a new opportunity to live the life you want to.