For families involved in a relocation, the process can be stressful to say the least. Planning, patience, and attention to detail are a must in order to make certain that your move is stress free. Following these simple steps will help to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.
We’ve already talked about how to make house hunting less stressful. Here are 6 ways to make your relocation as stress-free as possible. All it takes is a little planning:
The planning process should begin at least 2 months before moving day. Most moving companies will provide you with a check list to help remind you of important details regarding the move.
The typical list would include things like transferring school records, forwarding mail, and changing important contact information. Taking care of your mail and contact information is especially important before you move, so you still get your bills and other time-sensitive mail.
2. Take Inventory
Taking a complete inventory of your family’s personal property is an absolute must. This is when you decide exactly what stays and exactly what’s going with you. This will give you a clear idea of just what, and how much, needs to be packed.
If you aren’t going to be moving everything, start getting rid of those items now, so you don’t have to worry finding a place for them when you are moving.
3. Organize Sales and Make Donations
Once you have a clear understanding of what property needs to be disposed of, you can plan a garage sale, run classified ads, and set aside certain items for donations.
Make sure this is taken care of with a few weeks to spare. You don’t want to mix moving with getting rid of personal items. That type of multitasking is too stressful, and you will likely loose important items if you don’t get rid of what you aren’t taking with you now.
4. Disposal: Use it up, Throw it out
If at all possible, hire a professional waste disposal service to get rid of your unwanted items. Settling on a flat fee and washing your hands of the whole process is the perfect solution. Taking multiple runs to the local waste facility will be very time consuming at this stage in the game.
5. Reduce Moving Stress: Rent Yourself A Storage Unit
You may realize, for one reason or another, that you won’t be able to take everything with you all at once. This is when you put your stuff in a storage unit.
Storage facilities offer the perfect solution for safe and secure storage without a long term commitment. Regardless of how long it takes for you to deal with these items, they will always be safe and secure.
6. Use A Concierge Service
Most moving companies will offer a concierge service to help families arrange various services in their new location. A concierge would help you arrange things like electric, phone, cable, and other necessary utilities and greatly reduce the stress your move can put on your family. This is perfect for busy families who might overlook a few minor details.
Planning, patience, and attention to detail is key to a smooth transition. Do a little bit each day, and moving day will seem like a piece of cake.
Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about about home and family, business, finance, and education. To make your move stress-free, Anita recommends you put your stuff in a storage unit.