The process of moving involves much more than just a change of space.
It is an occurrence that opens up a whole new world of possibilities. But it can also be stressful so much so that it is ranked alongside the likes of divorce and job loss on the list of most stressful events in any individual’s life.
Moving is also expensive, and can be heartbreaking in some instances.
The upside is that if you’re prepared well in advance, it can turn out to be quite a pleasant experience, especially if you’re lucky to find a good mover from the list of moving companies you are evaluating.
Here is a checklist which, while not exhaustive, provides you with helpful tips on how to make your moving experience less stressful.
Create a to-do List
The to-do list is the real unsung hero when it comes to the moving process. For starters, it helps save on time.
We all know moving involves much more than just packing your house. There’s a number of other important stuff you need to do.
For instance, you need to alert your phone network provider and bank and credit card companies about your intended change of address. You don’t want your utility bills and stuff like bank statements being routed to your old address.
The same goes for other subscriptions you may have – TV, Internet, etc.
If possible, have a notebook (physical or virtual) with you at all times. Whenever something comes to mind, jot it down immediately so you don’t forget.
After completing your to-do list, we suggest that you add all tasks to your calendar.
Start Packing Early
If you’re a procrastinator, you can really make things hard for yourself if you don’t get going early on.
Waiting until last minute will only end up overwhelming you which could build up anxiety when you realize there isn’t much time left.
Start doing your packing early and focus on packing one room at a time. Packing is underrated. In fact, practice shows that it takes twice as much time as you think it will. So the sooner you get started, the better.
As you pack each box, label each one of them on the top and sides.
Plan to Move ahead of Time
When moving, it pays to have a plan in place. This ensures the process is less stressful both on a financial and emotional point of view.
It makes perfect sense to call or email your new building in advance to reserve the elevator rather than waiting until the last minute to do this. Ensure everything is packed before moving day.
The only activity you should involve yourself with on moving day is (yup!) MOVING.
Use Boxes of the Same Size
Using boxes of the same size makes moving easier. This is because boxes of uniform sizes pack tighter and utilize minimal space.
On moving day, make sure the boxes go to their designated rooms when you arrive at your new place as opposed to leaving them all in the living room. That’s definitely not a sight you want to wake up to!
Thanks to your pre-labeled boxes, getting each box to its designated room should be a doddle.
Move on Less Popular Days
It’s no secret that moving is an expensive affair.
One way to cut costs would be to move on less popular moving days – think in the middle of the week like Tuesday through Thursday as opposed to Saturdays. This will largely depend on how flexible your schedule is, though.
If you can, try playing around with a few potential moving dates and find out which particular day would be cheaper to move. End months in particular are chaotic to move house. Not only is everyone moving around this time, but it also means movers have a more packed schedule (no pun intended).
Moving around the end of month also means you’ll fork out more as opposed to, say, getting your move done in the middle of the month. Things are quieter then (mid-month) and moving services will be jostling for your business, not the other way around.
The same goes for peak season. Peak moving season falls in the warmer months, usually between April and September, with the highest activity happening in the months of June, July and August.
When you’re done evaluating movers, it is imperative to also let your preferred mover know of your decision at least five weeks in advance. That way, they can plan for it in advance, and your wallet will thank you for it.
These tips are all about making things a little easier on yourself. Next time you’ll be moving, put them into practice and see how your move turns out.
When all is said and done, you will notice that it wasn’t as overwhelming as you probably thought it to be.