Ten Tips for a Smooth Move

Moving to a new home – whether it’s a local, interstate, or international move – can have its stresses. Unfortunately, they don’t always go as smoothly as you’d hope. But that doesn’t mean that they have to be a disaster, especially if you’re well-prepared. Follow these ten tips for a smooth move to your new home:

 

  • Make a plan. The first step in any move is to get organized. That means understanding what needs to be done, creating a list of those items, and figuring out when you’re going to accomplish each task. This will keep you feeling “in charge” and on the ball, even when you’ve got a lot going on.
     
  • Get started early. When considering your plan, be sure you begin prepping for your move at least a few months out. This allows for adequate packing time, which will likely be the most time-consuming part of your move. If you don’t have months until your move, then consider hiring help.
     
  • Hire a reputable moving company. Sometimes, you just can’t do it all yourself – and that’s okay! There are plenty of affordable moving companies out there to assist you in packing, loading, transporting, and unloading your belongings. But not all companies are created equal. Be sure you do your research and hire a company with a good reputation.
     
  • Create a budget. Before you hire anyone or figure out which hotels you’ll stay in during your cross-country trek to your new home, be sure you know exactly how much money you have available to spend during your move. With some work and a bargain mindset, it’s absolutely possible to create – and stick with – a budget you can afford.
     
  • Purchase quality moving supplies. Having the right boxes makes all the difference between a smooth and a rough move. The last thing you need is to have your moving supplies falling apart when they should be keeping your stuff safe.
     
  • Ask for help. When you’re in need, friends and family want to help. If you’re like most people, you’ll be very busy during the move, possibly trying to work part or full time, keep track of the kids, cook, clean, pack, and do everything else associated with the move. Throw a packing party or get your mom to watch the kids for a bit so you have time to focus on getting tasks marked off your to-do list.
     
  • Involve the whole family. Kids may not take too well to the idea of a move. They don’t want to leave their friends or familiar surroundings behind. To avoid their bad attitudes from affecting the whole tone of the move, get them involved. Give everyone a task, and let them help pick out your new home, activities you want to do upon arrival and anything else that will get them excited about the move.
     
  • Label! One major component of staying organized is to label every box with what’s inside – and be as specific as possible. Not only that, but you’ll want to say which room the box belongs in at your new home.
  • Arrange in advance for storage. If you already know that you will be arriving in your new city before your home will be ready, arrange for short-term storage. There are several storage options, including self-storage, moving pods, and moving company facilities.
     
  • Research your destination before arriving. Know where grocery stores, hospitals, and restaurants are located closest to your new home. It might even be fun to plan with the kids which local attractions you want to see once you arrive.

 

With these tips in your pocket, your move is sure to be free of many of the bumps that several people experience. Have fun and happy moving!

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David Shapiro, a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines, enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and rock climbing.