When it comes to having an easy move, there are a few essential tips that can help ease the strain of moving. Because moving is a lengthy process, having a few chaotic moments and bouts of stress is inevitable. However, with these five tips, you can be sure to have a successful, relatively stress-free move:
The most important aspect to a successful move is careful planning. Regardless of whether the plan is scribbled down on a napkin, or organized neatly on a spreadsheet, a plan is necessary to remembering all of the components of moving.
Start with a moving budget. Between the cost of boxes and other shipping materials, moving can add up. Look to find free boxes from friends and family, and get creative by using newspapers or clothes to pack expensive, breakable items. Call around to different moving companies, such as North American Van Lines, to compare cost and performance.
Include in your plan a schedule of important moving dates. Additionally, factor in when you plan to fill out change of address forms. The most important places to contact are the post office, DMV, and banks.
Determine what type of transportation method you will be using to move. Will you use a moving company for the entire move, or just the large items like furniture and heavy, cumbersome boxes? Will you need to rent a truck? Whether you are moving down the street or across the country, it is extremely important to think through your transportation methods.
When packing, try to stick to a system. For instance, label each room in your new house with a number. Then label each box that belongs in that area with the same number. This will help you pack efficiently and be as organized as possible.
For important documents, such as insurance information, social security cards, birth certificates, passports, etc., pack those all together in a box or bag that will stay with you. Because of the importance of those documents, do not allow friends, movers, or even family members to take it with them. The best way to ensure its safety is to keep it with you at all times during the move.
Do not be shy about asking for help. Call in reinforcements to bring their muscles, extra boxes, and even extra transportation. Whether they help you pack, unpack, or watch the kids while you get organized, having help will greatly ease any moving stress. If you feel uncomfortable asking for help, treat them to dinner, refreshments, or a small gift as a thank you for offering their time.
One of the most important areas in a smooth move is time. Make sure you give yourself enough time to move out of your existing house and into your new home. Because there always seems to be unexpected surprises when moving, give yourself a couple of days as a buffer.
Utilizing these five tips will help your move be as uncomplicated and hassle-free as possible.
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