Relocating can be an exciting time. However, it can also be very stressful if things seem rushed or don’t exactly go as planned. The good news is that there are things you can do to make your move go as smoothly as possible. Regardless of where or when you will be relocating, you can make moving day more successful and have a pleasant entry into your community by following these tips.
One of the best ways to help your move go well is to start planning and organizing as early as possible. You can start by organizing your furniture and personal belongings, as well as identifying the other tasks that need to be done. A pre-move checklist is also helpful so you can ensure that your new home is ready when you arrive. You may need to transfer or set up utilities, internet, or cable television service.
Transferring these services usually requires advance notice up to a few weeks ahead of time. Another tip is to keep all your receipts and records from the move in a file folder or Google document to keep them all in one place. All contact information, confirmation numbers, and other important details should be saved in this file in case you need them in the future.
If you are only relocating locally, you might be able to manage the move by yourself. However, if you are moving across town or the country, it is a good idea to hire a professional moving company to help you. Make sure you choose among reputable businesses as you plan your move. Secure multiple quotes from different moving companies, and compare them well. Some companies offer an hourly rate or leave some things off their quote to make it look more competitive, so make sure to ask a lot of questions and ask them to include all charges. The farther away you will be relocating, the more important it is to entrust your precious belongings to a company that deals with clients honestly.
Purge & Document All Items
One of the major concerns that come up when people plan to relocate is packing. To make your move easier, take time to go through your possessions and segregate things you could easily replace or that would be too difficult or expensive to move. By reducing the number of items you need to pack and move, you will have a more efficient moving experience. After doing that, you can proceed to document your belongings as you go.
As soon as you begin packing, keep track of the contents of each box by writing it down on the box itself. Keeping track of which box holds which will be easier. It may seem tedious but packing this way will make unpacking in your new home easier.
Pack an Essentials Box
While you pack, set aside an “essentials” box. It is wise to pack things you don’t use daily, but as the date of your move draws nearer, you need to think about what to do on your first night in your new home. You can make this a pleasant experience by creating an essential box to take with you.
Important things to put in an essentials box include phone or computer charging cords, toilet paper, paper towels, plates and utensils, garbage bags, and an emergency kit. You can also throw in a pair of pajamas for each household member, some blankets and pillows, candles and matches, as well as your favorite snacks and beverages.
Make a Plan for Kids & Pets
Finally, relocating can be a stressful time. Have a plan to keep young children and pets out of the movers’ way. You might want to ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on them during the actual move to help reduce anxiety and keep them out from underfoot.
It is a good idea to have a child pack their things the day before moving, then have them fill a suitcase or box with their favorite toys to alleviate fears of leaving something behind. Your pets also need to settle into the new home so do not forget to pack their food bowls and pet food in your essentials box.
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