Moving to a new home can be overwhelming for most people. The thought of packing and unpacking can cause anxiety in anyone. However, if you plan properly, the task can be less daunting, and maybe even enjoyable. Here are a few tips from Mikkie Mills in a recent article from RISMedia’s Housecall (5 Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful).
Get Prepared – Plan at least eight weeks before you are going to move. Rushing at the last minute can cause unnecessary stress. Planning this far ahead requires a must-do list of tasks. Choose the items you will be taking with you, and leave behind any items not used in the past year. Donate any items you do not need to a charity or give them to friends and family.
Pack Items in Order – Although you may wish to pack all your clothing in one big box, it will be very confusing when you begin to unpack. Organize all items in smaller boxes and be sure to label the boxes with a marker (color-coded) and a number. Make a list of all of the boxes with their names and number to ensure an easier time unpacking. It will also help the movers know which rooms to place the boxes. You will also need an emergency box in which to keep all the essential items you will need for the first 24 hours in your new home. These items can include clothes for you and the kids as well as snack foods and water.
Ask for Assistance – You may be reluctant to ask for help, but most people know how challenging moving can be. Talk to your friends and family and decide on a day when they can help you pack or even take the kids for a few hours. It will also give you time to spend with them if you are moving quite a distance.
Check the Moving Details – As soon as you close on your new home get in touch with your real estate agent and confirm the exact date you can move in. If you are renting, confirm the move-in date with the landlord. You do not want to have to relocate before the moving date. Call the agent or landlord to double-check the date. It will definitely save any hassle.
Call a Moving Company – Packing properly takes plenty of time and energy. Be extra careful to avoid breakages. If you have expensive items, such as art, heirloom china or crystal, ask for special insurance for these items. Be especially vigilant in selecting moving companies. Most major national companies are reliable, but be sure to ask for a licensed, insured company. Get references from friends or your real estate agents. Once you have moved be sure to check you list against what was actually delivered to be sure all boxes have arrived safely.
Follow these tips to ensure a successful, even enjoyable, move. Be sure to eat well and drink plenty of water on moving day. You will need the energy to begin unpacking. However, do not unpack everything on moving day. Rest first and unpack carefully so that you will enjoy your new home at last.