If you have a move in your future, here are 12 tips that will keep you on track and help reduce the stress of moving on you and your family:
1. Get Advice from the Professionals
Planning your move step by step is the real secret to keeping moving stress in check. Even if you are not sure if you are using a professional moving company, contact one for a free no obligation consultation. They will assign a personal moving consultant who will meet with you to explain the entire moving process and provide you with moving options and guidance.
2. Be Organized
A comprehensive moving checklist of things to do and when to do them will go a long way towards helping you avoid moving stress. Make your list as far in advance of the actual move as possible, and mark off things that have been completed. Some people create a moving file or binder where you can keep all moving related documentation, contact names and numbers, copies of emails, and correspondence in one place for easy access.
3. Decide What Will Be Moved
Moving things you don’t want, need, or that are no longer in useable condition makes no sense. Go through your home and make a three-column list: things to keep, things to sell or donate, and things that should be discarded.
4. Take Action on Items Not Moving
If you plan to sell things then pick a date for a garage sale, or place ads on, Craigslist, and classifieds style websites. If you are donating items, make sure to pack them carefully and bring them to your local donation centres; some charitable organizations will even come to pick up items from you. Items for disposal can be taken to your local waste centre or you can use one of the many junk removal services.
5. Decide Who Will Move You
If you are going to use a professional moving company, make sure you contact companies who will send a moving consultant to your house to do a proper in-home survey. Seeing exactly what is to be moved and what additional services are required (i.e. packing, appliance disconnection, auto or pet transportation) will ensure that the cost estimate is as accurate as possible. Prices obtained only over the phone or via the Internet should be considered ballpark estimates only. Reputable companies will not guarantee estimates unless they have had the opportunity to see what is to be moved; the exception to this rule is if you have a very small shipment.
6. Book Your Move
If you are moving during the summer months it is important to confirm your moving dates with the moving company at least 3-4 weeks in advance. The end of June, July and August are usually the busiest periods in the year for moves so trucks and manpower come at a premium. If possible try to move mid-month or try to stay away from the last few days of the month. If you are moving locally, the hourly rate may be slightly lower if you have some date flexibility.
7. Start Packing Early
Don’t add to your moving stress by leaving your packing to the last minute. Start as early as possible even 6-8 weeks in advance. Get your packing supplies and start with things you don’t needed for everyday use. Packing in stages over several weeks will make the job less stressful and tiring. Dispose of flammables and other hazardous goods that cannot go in the moving van; your mover can provide you with a list of non-admissible items.
8. Get Records and Make Notifications
Moving comes with a long list of small tasks you need to take care of. If you’re moving out of town, obtain copies of school, medical, dental and veterinarian records and ask for referrals or recommendations for professional providers. Notify your bank and insurance companies of the pending move, and transfer your homeowner’s insurance coverage for the new home. Cancel any pre-scheduled services at old home, like home cleaning services or HVAC cleaning. Local postal services can provide you with a change of address form to ensure any mail is sent to your new address, but remember to notify any mailing subscriptions you receive.
9. Arrange for Disconnection and Reconnection of Utilities
Contact service providers for heating, electrical, water, cable, Internet, telecommunications and any others to have these services installed at your new home, and disconnected when you move. .
10. Use Up Perishable Food Items
At least a week before the move make sure you eat, donate or dispose of perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer. Clean out fridge/freezer a minimum of 24-48 hours before move and leave door open so it has time to dry thoroughly.
11. Make Travel Arrangements
Make air travel arrangements at least two weeks in advance of move. If travelling by car, have your vehicle serviced a few days in advance, and remember to book hotel accommodations is necessary. Set aside clothing, toys and other items needed for trip.
12. Remember to Sleep
In the weeks leading up to the move, do your best to get adequate sleep and regular exercise. This step alone will help reduce moving stress.