Tips to Create a Stress-Free Move
Just the thought of moving can create tension and stress for most of us. Heck, the idea of uprooting is downright unnerving as we are all creatures of habit. After all, making something a habit takes effort and practice so moving starts the process all over again. I've created a list of ways "Tips to Create a Stress Free Move" that will help reduce that overwhelming feeling during a move.
So how can you reduce stress during a move? There are several Tips to Create a Stress-Free Move, but always remember that planning a move by listing steps to take is a great start to eliminate that all encompassing feeling that occurs during a move..
Shop for Moving Supplies
Check out sources for boxes in advance so you can pre-plan how many you’ll need. Moving companies will estimate how many you need and oftentimes sell used boxes. Your real estate professional may have access to boxes from other movers. I’ve found that Walmart has bubble wrap at a great price and Lowe’s and Home Depot has the great prices for boxes.
Reduce what you Pack
If your move is a short distance lay your clothes and valuables in your car for quick transporting. Packing pillows with lamps helps to prevent breakage in upright boxes. Now is a great time to dry clean comforters so that they'll already be packed in easy moving packaging when picked up from a dry cleaner. Use dryer sheets to pack pillows in trash bags to absorb odors and they’ll smell much fresher when removed.
Organizing Garbage Containers
An often overlooked item that gets moved is garbage cans. Garbage containers should be emptied and cleaned so they can be used to pack cleaning supplies, double duty for moving both items at once.
Labeling boxes needs to be done on the tops and all 4 sides. Store a stash of different sized permanent markers to label boxes. Color coding markers can help to easily identify those boxes at a glance. Label signs in each room either coor, with signs also labeled the same way at your destination.
Plan one box or container with items you'll need at your next home. All too often check books, bank information, car insurance, health records for family, and important papers are packed only to need them during a move. Keep relevant documents handy in one box and keep them with you in your car or in a suitecase so that when you move, you can easily find them. Visiting a DMV for a new license might need to occur before you unpack a box that is in a room not necessarily on first priorty to unpack.
Dealing with Movers
When you’re about to move, create signs for movers and packers to label each room. If you have a den, living room, and a family room, then label those rooms accordingly. If you’re downsizing, remember to label boxes with the appropriate room but also identify key items that need to be unpacked first by labeling those boxes.
Who Should Know?
Before you move, make a list of every provider who needs to know your forwarding address and check to see if this can be done online prior to your move. Providers may include the following:
Insurance professional, tax accountant, IRS, credit card companies, revolving loan providers, department of transportation for driver’s license and tags, schools, doctors office, dentist, magazine subscriptions, utility companies, credit bureaus, frequent flier accounts, auto repair shops, AAA, paypal, online apps, and for any straggling mail notify USPS.com.
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