8 Ways To Make Your Move Less Stressful

Moving to a new home or apartment is a process that everybody dreads. Whether you are moving to a college dorm, moving across a city, or moving from state to state or across country, it’s safe to say that nobody actually enjoys the process of moving. That is until you get the move over with! But don’t make moving a stressful process; being prepared and organized, along with having a few sets of helping hands, can make moving to a new home that much more enjoyable.

Here are 8 helpful tips to make your move a little less stressful:

1. Make a list of all of your possessions

Nothing will make your move easier except being prepared for it. Sometimes last minute things happen and you have to move rather quickly. But in the case of planning for a move you know you will have to make, being organized can make the process that much easier.

Write out a list of all of your possessions that you will be taking with you. Start with things like furniture (bed, dresser, table, shelf, ect.), and then move on to smaller things like clothes, kitchen items, books, accessories, and so-on-and-so-forth. When the moving day finally arrives, having all of your things neatly organized and arranged for packing will make your day much less stress-free.

2. Look for help ahead of time

Everyone has seen the Xfinity commercials where the young lady is calling all of her friends to help her move…on the day that she is moving. Of course everyone is busy doing their own thing, so the only person to give her some relief is the customer service representative assuring her that Xfinity can help make her move much easier.

Don’t do this to yourself! Make sure you notify people ahead of time that you are going to be moving on a specific date and that you will need some help. This way you’re not stressing out when you call a bunch of people for help and nobody is available!

3. Do some research on affordable moving services

People that are more well off than the rest of us can hire professional movers to come and do all the work for them, but for the rest of us we have to be a little more financially savvy. If you know that you won’t be getting a lot of help from friends and family, go online and check out moving service companies and the rates they offer for a truck and a couple of movers to help you. If you do have help on hand, check around a variety of truck rental companies and see how much their flat rate is and then how much they charge you per mile to take the truck.

4. Try to lighten your load

We never really know how much junk we acquire over the years until it actually comes time to move it. When you begin to get organized for your move, add a ‘Don’t Need’ section to your list. You may have some furniture that is old and needs to be replaced, or you may be moving to a smaller house or apartment and simply do not have room for everything.

If this is the case put out a call to a local charitable organization or even a second-hand store and see if they will help take some things off your hands. You can also hold a garage sale or take some things to your local dump or city recycling bins. Someone may just come by and take it to their house before the city removes it. Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure.

5. Consider renting a storage unit

Even if it is only for a month or two, having a place to store those items that you cannot get rid of or cannot be moved right away can make your move that much easier. Look for a storage rental unit with a low monthly rate to store such items.

You should also consider a storage unit at a location halfway between your current residence and the one you will be moving to, just so you don’t have to go all the way back when the time comes to actually move it.

6. Check with your local weather station

There is almost nothing worse than trying to move when it is pouring down rain or the outside temperature is 90+ degrees with a blaring sun and no clouds. The week that you have to move, or even the week before, do a check on the weather forecast to determine when the most comfortable day would be to pack up all of your things without sweating a few gallons of water. This may not seem like a huge priority, but moving in unfavorable weather can have a big effect on your mental wellbeing while you move.

7. Remember the simple things

Perhaps the simplest part of moving is taking care of your official documentation. Notify your local post office of your change of address and also of the effective date. You should also remember to do this for any services you currently use, like your electric company and cable/internet providers.

Be sure to remember other service companies you pay bills to as well. Things like student loans, credit card payments, or magazine subscriptions will need to know where they should send your bills or monthly product. Doing this in advance will help you feel more prepared and much less stressed when the moving day finally comes.

8. Check with your appliance providers for moving assistance policies

Aside from the Xfinity move commercials you see everywhere, there are other things in your house that the company that sold them to you may be able to assist you with. For example, if you purchased a washer or dryer from Sears or BestBuy, give them a call to see if they provide any sort of moving assistance for said items. This is especially important if you purchased any kind of warranty with these items. Anything to lighten the truck and financial load is sure to help make your big day more worry free.

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