Moving into a new home is exciting and stressful all at the same time. There are many tasks that need to be completed for a successful move. Here are five tips to reduce moving day stress:
1. Hire Professional Movers:
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, hiring professionals to move your belongings to your new home is one of the best decisions you can make. The process of preparing for a move takes weeks or months. You will need to spend a significant amount of time and energy sorting through your belongings in order to determine what will come to the new home and what could be donated, sold or given away. You will work hard to prepare, so why not let someone else handle the heavy lifting. After all, nothing ruins a moving day more than a group of friends and family who suddenly aren’t available to help.
Moving day is not something that is easily changed at the last minute and when you hire professional movers, you know they will show up and get your belongings into your new home efficiently and safely.
2. Start as Early as Possible:
It is important to start the moving process as soon as you possibly can. If you are moving into a new home, it is likely that you will have at least a month to prepare. Waiting until the last minute can make moving so much more stressful. Start packing non-essentials as soon as you can in order to have a more organized and easier move. Hasty packing can lead to breakage, loss or forgetting where you put something important.
3. Keep your paperwork organized:
It is never a good idea to pack important paperwork with other belongings. There are several reasons why you might be tempted to stick that pile of mail into a box with the contents of your desk. But when you still unpacking a few weeks later, you don’t want any surprise unpaid bills. Therefore, when you start packing, plan for paperwork. Designate one location for all of your paperwork and keep it separate from your other belongings.
4. Be Prepared for the Unexpected:
If you want to have a stress-free moving day, be prepared for the unexpected. Moving trucks can break down, meaning that it might be an extra day before you have access to your belongings with a local move. For a cross-country move, it could mean a few extra days. Make sure that you pack some extra changes of clothing and that any essentials travel with you and not in the moving truck. A quality moving company will do everything possible to get your belongings delivered as promised, but some situations are completely unavoidable. Being prepared is a good idea and knowing that you are covered in the event of an unexpected situation will make moving day a lot more pleasant for everyone.
5. Send the Kids Out for the Day
If you have children, it might be a good idea to enlist some childcare help on moving day. Small children can add to the confusion of moving day and they can also become confused about why their belongings and toys are being loaded into a strange truck in boxes. If possible, find someone to take them out for the day to do a fun activity. Never surprise young children with a move, it is better to let them know ahead of time that they will have a new home soon.