Moving is a stressful time in any person’s life but there are a few things that can be done ahead of time to reduce your anxiety.
Here are some tips to ensure you’ve got all the basics covered long before the morning of your move:
Change Your Address Beforehand
The sooner you can remember to change your address with the post office, the better. You don’t want to discover too late that your mail is being sent to your old address rather than your new one. If you’re moving out of your old home a couple of days or weeks before moving into your new one, you can have it forwarded to a different address in the interim (that of a friend or a sibling/parent for instance).
Only Move the Essentials
As tempting as it might be to pack up every single belonging you own, force yourself to think critically about what you really need. Moving is the perfect time to pare down to the essentials. Start a ‘donation pile’ and a ‘giveaway to family and friends pile’ and remember that there are some things that it might even be cheaper for you to just buy for your new home rather than paying to have it moved. If you find yourself uncertain about whether or not to pack a large item, let yourself sleep on it overnight and see how you feel about it the next morning; often your gut feeling will be clear enough to guide your decision.
Research local charities and try to prioritize or target organizations that give your used items to people in need rather than selling them. There are hundred of families desperate for a new kitchen table or sofa who could benefit from your furniture.
When it comes to clothes you don’t want to pack, there are tons of charities that accept used clothing (so long as it’s been washed first) and it’s never a bad idea to ask your friends and family if there’s anything they want to take off your hands as well.
Plan to Move Outside of Peak Moving Season
This will require a little bit of research but can ultimately save you hundreds of dollars. Call multiple companies, get quotes, and compare. If the prices all seem a little pricier than you’re prepared to pay, pick a later date and call again. The price for movers/moving equipment usually coincides with how many movers the company has available, so moving during the summer will likely cost you more than moving during a less busy time.
It’s also a good idea to try and find a mover through referral rather than relying solely on google searches. Ask the people you know who have moved recently (or who know people who have moved recently) who they hired and whether they’d recommend them. The sooner you can do this the better. You want to book a company as soon as possible to ensure you’ll have enough saved up to cover the movers along with every other cost that comes with relocating.
Also, as obvious as this might sound, don’t forget to book the day off of work. There’s nothing worse than discovering you have a mandatory staff meeting on the same day as you’ve scheduled your movers.
Rather than spending tons of money on moving boxes, go to your local grocery and liquor stores and ask if you can use their old boxes. You’d be surprised by how many places are willing to give you them for free.
Don’t forget to save all of your receipts from your move as well; you never know what expenses you might be able to deduct from your taxes.
Make sure to put aside some extra money in an emergency moving fund for unexpected costs and to stock up on essentials that you absolutely can’t do without. Should the worst happen and you’re stuck without electricity/access to a doctor upon arriving at your new home, you’ll want to be prepared (make sure to fill your prescriptions ahead of time and pack an emergency kit, batteries, flashlights, water bottles, portable chargers, extra blankets and some non perishable foods [granola bars, soup, crackers etc]).
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