Relocating from one place to another is stressful on every level. There’s not just the emotional weight of changing your physical surrounding and closing a chapter of your life to open another, but also the very tangible physical stress of packing and preparing for the move.
As with other things in life, moving becomes a routine after you give it a few goes and overtime you figure out those little time/space/labor saving tricks that make the process of moving a little bit easier. Still, if you’re facing your first move, or if it’s been a while since you’ve last done it, a little checklist of smart packing practices will do you a world of good. In this process, the most important thing to do is to avoid common mistakes that will otherwise bog down your relocation and make it a stressful and tiring affair.
Here’s a brief list of tried and tested tricks and pieces of advice that will make your move an organized, stress-free process that will have you not only ready to go, but also ready to hit the ground running in your new home.
Packing for a move takes time. A common mistake people make is leaving all the packing for the last minute. Preparing all of your life’s belongings for a move is a huge task, but you can ease the burden by parcelling out the work over a longer period of time. You should start packing the non-essentials first and then gradually prioritize as you reach closer to the relocation date. This way you will also have an easier time organizing your belongings and having a good idea of where’s what.
Surprisingly enough, moving companies recognize different times of the year when the work is far busier than usual. If you’re planning a move, chances are that others are doing the same in a similar time frame, and the last thing you want to be is short of options for moving companies with the relocation date drawing nearer. To avoid any unnecessary worries and delays, research the companies on time and schedule your truck and crew ahead. These days you can do it all online, arranging every detail down to the time of delivery to your new location.
Most people are slaves to their belongings. Over time we pile up an extraordinary amount of items of questionable material and personal value and rarely stop to reassess their necessity. Moving to a new home is an excellent chance to rid yourself and your home of any excessive baggage. Not only will you be freed of unnecessary clutter, but you will also save time, space, and work with packing any items you might not actually need.
Regardless of your specific circumstances, moving to a new home generally involves a large number of boxes and limited transport space. Some smart organizing can help you optimize your resources, and a measuring tape will become your best friend. When choosing a moving company, make sure you inquire about the available storage in their moving vehicles, and then measure your furniture and your packing boxes to ensure that you maximize the available space and thus lower both your organizational troubles and your expenses.
Moving your entire belongings is probably not going to be cheap, but it can become a lot more expensive if you don’t ask the right questions and pay attention to a few important details. Before settling on a moving company, make sure you get a realistic assessment of total costs and look out for any hidden fees. Additionally, always check that any damages to your property are covered by insurance. Items can be damaged during transport, and it is important to ensure that any loss of value will be compensated.
Stick to these few simple pieces of advice and your home relocation will be as stress-free and painless as possible.
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