Whether you are moving across the street or across the Atlantic, moving is a momentous undertaking that often leaves people stressed whenever they think about it. In most cases, people move not because they want to but because they have to. While one may decide to move after landing a new job far away from home, another may have to move because their current home has just been sold and the new owner wants to move in.
Whatever your reason for wanting to move, you can make this a memorable occasion filled with feelings of joy rather than stress. As the moving day approaches, rather than stress over everything, you can rest assured that all will end well. To have this peace of mind on your moving day, here are a few tips that you might find helpful.
1. Hire a Moving Company
Hiring a moving company should not even be a subject for debate. Unless you are the kind that enjoys lifting heavy loads up and down uneven stairs, or perhaps moving for you is an adventure akin to finding your way around the dangerous Amazon Forest, then a moving company is a must.
Having a professional moving company take the stress off of you and is perhaps the smartest decision you can make when moving. This is because moving is their business. This is what they do every day. They know which equipment to use and they have the right storage facilities and an intimate knowledge of the areas you are moving from and in to. They also have the right vehicles purposely built for helping people like you move.
2. Clearly Label Your Boxes and Have a Checklist
Having a list of the items you intend to bring with you is very helpful. It’s from the list that you will decide which boxes should go where by clearly labelling them. Be specific in your labelling.
For instance, don’t have one catch-all box for “kitchen.” Consider having a box labelled “kitchen – knives and spoons” or “kitchen- plates.” When you are this specific, you won’t have to rummage through a gigantic box or several boxes labelled “kitchen” to find your mug in the morning.
3. Start Packing Long before Moving Day
However organized you may be, there is always a lot of packing that needs to be done before moving day. You should start packing a few weeks before the moving date. Doing this helps you avoid the last-minute mad-rush.
This will also give you ample time to declutter your house. Just because you are moving does not mean you have to carry everything with you. This is the time to weed out what you don’t need. You could give away some possessions or hold a garage sale. Pack only what you need and want to keep—not everything you own.
4. Have All Your Most Important Documents and Information in One Place
Whether or not you’ve decided to use a moving company, make sure you have all your important documents in one folder, and keep it close to you in case you need it in a pinch.
You also want to have phone contacts of utility companies that you will have to contact immediately when you get to your new location, if you haven’t done so ahead of time. Insurance documents should also be close to you as you never know what may happen in transit.
5. Prep Your New Home Days before You Move In.
The best time to fix the kitchen or give the girls’ room a fresh coat of paint is days or weeks before you move in, if possible. Make sure anything that needs to be fixed is fixed in advance. Decisions on who will sleep in what bedroom also need to be made in advance. Also, decide what will go in which room and at exactly what location they will be placed. This will help greatly when you start offloading your clearly labelled boxes.