Moving is considered by many to be one of the most stressful things you can experience. It is right up there with losing your job or getting a divorce. However, there are several things you can do to reduce that stress.
Start Packing Early
You never realize how much stuff you have until you start packing, especially if you’ve been living in the same place for years. Even if you are hiring movers to do the packing for you, it’s in your best interest to start going through your things as soon as possible. This is also an excellent time to get rid of the junk or anything you no longer use, need, or want. Why lug something you don't want from one home to another? If something is broken, throw it out. If it is in good shape, but you don't want to pack it, consider donating it to a local charity or selling it online.
Plan and Label
Look at the layout of your new home and plan where you will place furniture in each room. Rather than getting stressed out on move-in day because your couch doesn't fit in your new living room, make sure ahead of time. This will also make the moving process more manageable because you can tell the movers where to put each piece of furniture. When packing your boxes, try to put items for each room into separate boxes. So when you’re moving in, you can place them in the rooms where their contents belong. You also don't want to have to guess or open each box to know what's inside. Label them according to where they belong. You can also prioritize each box based on how soon you will need its contents.
The last thing you want to do is move your stuff into a dirty home. Although the sellers are usually required to leave the house clean, you will want to do your own cleaning. It is much easier to clean an empty house than one that already has heavy pieces of furniture that will need to be moved around.
Hire a Moving Company
Some people prefer to rent a truck and move on their own. However, professional residential movers are trained on how to pack and load your belongings safely and securely. Don’t assume that you will save money by moving yourself. Once you take into consideration the cost of the rental truck, fuel (especially for long-distance moves), shipping supplies, and your time and effort, you might end up spending more money than if you hired a professional.
Do you have the right equipment to move large, bulky items? Do you have the right materials and experience to pack delicate personal belongings without breaking them? Professional movers have all of the right equipment such as hoisting straps, dollies, cushions, and ramps to safely and securely move you out of one home and into another. In addition, you will get peace of mind from knowing that your possessions are insured when you hire a moving company. They will use plastic covers and heavy-duty wraps to prevent your furniture and other belongings from getting damaged.
In general, life can be stressful. Moving is no exception. However, moving can also be an exciting time. With a little planning and preparation, you can alleviate most of the stress most people associate with moving.