No matter what you do, moving day is likely a stressful affair. However, there is a big difference between a small amount of stress on the day of, and an overwhelming amount of stress throughout the entire process. If you’d rather have as little stress as possible, it’s important that you plan for moving day in advance, and get your home ready. With that in mind, here are some ways to prepare your home, and make moving day a little less stressful.
Clear Out the Junk
First, it’s a lot easier to move if you don’t have to bring as much stuff. You likely have a lot of stuff in your home that you no longer need, or that you don’t need to bring to your new place. Take some time to go through each room, and make a pile of things you don’t want to keep. If the items are in good condition, you can try to sell them or even donate them to charity. If not, feel free to throw them away. By bringing less stuff with you on the move, you not only make moving day easier, you might even save some money on moving costs.
Pack Up Properly
Once you’ve gotten rid of all the junk, now you need to start packing up the rest of the stuff. Don’t just throw things in boxes however. You need a system in place in order to pack properly, and you need to pack the boxes the right way. Overloading the boxes will cause them to break, or make them difficult to carry while underloading the boxes will waste space. If you need some help with properly packing your stuff, you can use these tips. Once you have a box filled, be sure to label it to make unloading the moving truck easier.
Find a Good Mover
Unless you’re only bringing a few things, you’re likely going to want a professional moving company to help you out. When hiring a mover, you want to make sure that you are getting the best. A bad mover makes the moving day even more stressful, by a lack of organization, charging too much, or even breaking your stuff. Look for local movers with a good reputation in your area, and then compare the costs. A good mover is key in removing stress during a move, so be sure to consider all of your options carefully.
See If You Need Additional Storage
As you’re going through your stuff, you might realize that even after getting rid of the junk, you still have way too much. If there’s no way some things are going to fit into your new place, you might want to consider renting out some storage space. Storage lockers are a great place to keep things we don’t want to get rid of but don’t have a place for yet. However, you can’t just show up and expect to find an empty available locker. You’ll need to set this up in advance and decide what size storage locker you need to accommodate all of your things. Then you can either bring the items over on the day of the move or in advance.
Have a Plan for Your Pets and Kids
If you’re the owner of any pets or have any kids, they are an additional source of stress on moving day. Not only do you need to direct all of the traffic during the move, but you need to keep an eye on your kids and keep your pets from getting in the way. A better solution is to find someone to watch either your kids or your pets and have them out of the house for the day. Then, once the move is complete, you can pick them up, and bring them to your new home.
Make Yourself a Checklist
Finally, if all the above sounds like a lot, it’s a good idea to make yourself a checklist. Checklists help you to keep your itinerary organized and to ensure you don’t forget everything. As you think of things you need to do, jot them down on your list, and cross off items as you complete them. If you want to see what a good sample checklist looks like, you can try this one out.
Don’t Let Stress Win on Moving Day
You’re likely to find some stress on moving day, but you don’t have to let it overwhelm you. By planning ahead, and taking some early steps, you can make the big day a little easier to manage. We hope the above list is able to help you out in the regard, and that you’ll find your moving day a little easier as a result.