5 Ways to Ensure Your Move Is Stress-Free
Moving day is a flurry of activity with a to-do list a mile long. If you start throwing unforced errors into the mix, things can turn sour really quickly. Most moving day mishaps are easily avoidable with a little bit of know-how and some planning. If you want to have a smooth move, make sure you follow these tips for a stress-free move.
Procrastination leads to frustration in most situations, but few as much as packing. Trying to get your old home packed up the day before the big move is certainly possible - but packing is a process that requires time, focus, and patience to ensure everything has a place and makes it safely to your new humble abode. It’s never too early to start packing, and if you begin your packing in the least-used rooms in your home, it won’t disrupt your daily life as much. You should create a calendar and checklist for packing and stick to it. Thirty minutes of packing a day, from the time you close on your new home or sign the papers on your new apartment, will be enough. Check out this moving timeline for help.
Pack with care
Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring movers, your belongings need to be packed properly in order to avoid damage. I’ll just be careful with the boxes is good strategy in theory, but there is much more to it than that. Did you know that there is a right way and many wrong ways to pack plates, for instance? They should be individually wrapped in bubble wrap, taped shut, and stacked vertically in the box (this reduces surface area, and thus chances for damage). For packing mirrors and pictures in frames, use packing tape to create a star pattern on the surface (to avoid the glass shifting and to help relieve shock). For more great packing tips, head here.
Make plans for the family pet
There are many a time and place for involving your dog or cat in your daily activities. Moving day is not one of them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can stick your cat in a bedroom, or your dog outside in the backyard on moving day. Moving involves a lot of open doors and eyes blocked by moving boxes. Your precious pet means well, but amidst all the hustle and bustle it is easy for them to escape or get caught underfoot, not to mention the stress they might experience. Avoid this by getting them out of the house for the day - either board them or have a nice friend take care of them.
Know the furniture layout
Don’t be the person who gets their furniture to their new place and realizes they can’t get it in the door. If you’re pulling off a DIY move, make sure you measure your new home’s doorways (interior and exterior), as well as all your furniture, to make sure there won’t be any problems. Some furniture may have to be disassembled for the move. This makes hiring professional movers and furniture assemblers vital. Do your research and use sites like HireAHelper to compare prices and read reviews of local furniture movers and assembly services.
Put together a first night box
Whether you use movers or do it yourself, your new home will be a little bit unorganized at first until everything has a place. Proper unpacking can take weeks, and you should take your time on it so that you can organize as you go. The problem with this is you may need some items on night one. Avoid going without essential items by packing an essential item box and keeping it separate from all the other boxes. What is essential to you is up to you, but some common items for this important box include medications, medical equipment, toiletries, batteries, important documents, snacks, and some form of basic entertainment. More ideas on what to pack here.
Moving represents a fresh start and new adventures. It’s fun. But moving day - well that’s hard work. You may not be able to make the actual move enjoyable, but you can keep it from being unnecessarily stressful if you follow some of these simple tips. In moving’s case, an ounce of planning is worth a pound of just about everything else.