Even if you think you’ve taken all the necessary steps to set yourself up for a smooth move, chances are, you’ll still experience stress and anxiety. Hiring a moving company to care for your moving needs is one way to reduce stress, and there are other tips you can follow to ensure your move is efficient and stress free. Whether local, intrastate, interstate, international moves, all have their unique challenges, and these tips are helpful for any type of move. As you plan your move, keep these tips in mind.
1. Don’t Procrastinate
Procrastination is going to make your move harder, more stressful, and can end up costing you more money. Successful moves are planned in advance, and a good rule of thumb to follow is to start planning and taking action eight weeks before your move date.
Having a checklist to keep you on schedule is a must. What kind of steps would you take eight weeks in advance? Creating a budget, connecting with your company to see if they provide moving benefits to cover some expenses, and starting to go through your home to determine what needs to be discarded before you start to pack are all things you should be doing at least eight weeks before your move date. Other important tasks that must be done ahead of time include hiring professional movers and packers, renting a moving truck, and locating storage units.
2. Ensure You Have Enough Moving Supplies
When it comes to moving supplies, it’s better to have too much than not enough. Having enough moving boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and markers is key to a stress-free move. Finding yourself driving around looking for more supplies the day before you move is not something you want to be doing.
If you decide to hire professional movers and packers, purchasing supplies is something you won’t have to do at all. Professional packers will bring all the supplies needed. They’ll ensure breakable objects won’t be destroyed by hand-wrapping these precious items, safely transport antiques by wrapping and cushioning each item, and they’ll use wooden crates to safeguard large items.
3. Prepare Your Physical Body for the Move
Packing and moving can take an emotional toll by increasing stress and anxiety, and it is also a physically demanding task. Getting adequate sleep the night before moving is key to help reduce stress. Think you should skip breakfast the day of your move to give you more time to finish up those last-minute tasks you put off? Think again! Eating a nutritious breakfast and drinking lots of water the day of your move is necessary. As moving day progresses, take the time for meals and snacks to keep your body fueled. Packing a lunch the day before can save time and money.
4. Locate a Sitter for Both Your Pets and Your Kids
As much as you wish your young children and pets could help you move, they’ll most likely get in your way and slow you down. Moving can also be stressful for your kids and your pets. Finding a safe place for pets and young kids to stay while you move will reduce stress for you, as well as for them. If you have older children, involve them in your move. Make sure to set clear expectations with them, and keep them involved in every step of the move.
5. Declutter Before you Move
Don’t get in the trap of packing everything you have and deciding what you will keep once you get to your new location. Not only will you waste money purchasing supplies to move items you’ll end up throwing away, you’ll also be moving into a space that is more cluttered than it needs to be, which increases stress.
One of the first things you should do as you get ready to move is to go through your entire home, garage, storage units, etc., and get rid of anything you don’t want to have in your new home. Investing the time and energy to get rid of the things you don’t need will help decrease stress the day you move.
6. Pack Essential Items Separately
Upon arriving at your new location, you’ll most likely need toiletries, plates and utensils, basic tools, etc., and you don’t want these items packed at the back of the moving truck. Make a list of what you’ll need when you get to your new location, and ensure these are packed separately in an easily accessible location.
Life is stressful. Moving doesn’t have to be. Following these tips will help set you up for success on moving day. If you want to have a move that is as smooth and stress-free as it can be, Ace Moving and Warehousing is the company you need to contact. If you are in the Twin Cities Metro or Rochester Metro of Minnesota, call us today at 763-755-2045. We’ll answer any moving questions you have, and can provide price quotes. Avoid the stress, book your move with us today!