Monday, September 14, 2015 / by Bill Berning*
As a homeowner preparing to move, you likely have a lot on your mind. Planning to make your move less stressful can make the process easier.
Moving from the family home requires that you carefully coordinate each step of the moving process to ensure that everything goes smoothly. By getting organized, making alternative plans in the event of a problem, and performing the move over a few days instead of just one, you can make your move less stressful.
Moving to a new home is always stressful. However, there are many things that you can do to make the process less stressful. Most of what makes moving difficult is the fact that there are a lot of things that need to be done in a short period of time. In addition, there is also little room for error because once you move, you are likely to never return.
However, if you plan properly for this event, you can decrease the chances that something unexpected causes a major disruption in your plans. In addition, you can also control your costs better when you know what to expect. To save you a lot of hassle and headaches on the day that you plan to move, you should make sure that you are prepared. Here are a few tips that can make your move go more smoothly as you prepare to change homes.
Getting your items in order before you call the movers is the best way to decrease stress related to your move. If you have a general idea of where everything is, you will have an easier time in directing the movers and packing up your things. In addition, getting organized can also help you to determine exactly what supplies you will need in order to pack up your home. You should take a careful inventory of your items as well to ensure that everything makes it to over to your new destination.
As a part of the organization process, you should also make sure that any electronic devices that you need, such as a smartphone or laptop computer are fully charged and are ready for use at all times. Make sure that you don’t pack away chargers or other Internet equipment until the absolute last moments. This can greatly reduce your stress when you need to make phone calls or browse the Internet in order to keep your moving plans going smoothly.
Jeremy Vohwinkle, financial advisor and contributor to genxfinance.com recommends that you also locate important documents for safekeeping. “Start rounding up your important documents a month or two before the move. This includes tax returns, insurance documents, financial records, and any other documents you think are important. This will help you accomplish two things. First, you’ll have a list of important companies that you need to submit a change of address to. Not only that, but things can and do get lost in a move and you don’t want your important documents to be one of them.”
Make Alternative Plans
“For instance, I always keep a short list of backup movers and rental agencies, just in case. I also allow a few days on either end of our move out/move in day should our moving company cancel or not show up. This can happen even though it's rare.” says Diane Schmidt, moving expert. “Plan for alternatives. You'll feel better knowing that your uncle and his two-ton truck is available should you need it.”
Toss Out the Junk
Moving to a new home gives you an opportunity to clean up the clutter and get rid of items that you really don’t need. If you want to move less stressful, consider leaving behind things that you really don’t need. If you plan to get rid of your clutter, you can consider selling the items online to make some extra cash, giving them away to friends and family members or donating the items to a local clothing drive or GoodWill.
If you can’t find a use for a item and it is broken or worn-out, put it in the garbage or recycle it. There is no point in taking things that you don’t want or need with you to your next destination. By getting rid of the items that you don’t need, you can also lower your moving costs because you won’t have to pay for these items to be packed and shipped.
Plan More Than One Day for the Move
If you plan your move so that it takes place over several days, instead of just a single day, you can make moving less stressful. Having a move occur over a few days will give you the opportunity deal with unexpected situations in a calm manner. If you try to cram a move into a single day, you may find that a small deviance from your original plans could cause everything to fall apart.
It is also important that you have a positive relationship with your movers so that you don’t make them feel stressed out while working on your job. If you plan for the move to take place over several days, you can ensure that you have water and refreshments available for your movers and your family so that everyone can work in a calm environment.
If you plan for potential pitfalls and understand what is required to complete your move successfully, you can greatly increase the chances of having a stress-free move.