Tips to Make Your Move to Palm Springs Stress-Free
You’re moving to Palm Springs, the sunny resort city of southern California, and that’s exciting. But moving isn’t as fun as actually being there and can get stressful before you can relax in your new home. Don’t let the packing process get you hot under the collar, though. Beat the heat with these tips on how to get your new life in Palm Springs off to as smooth a start as possible.
Starts with a Plan
Regardless of where you’re moving, there are some basics to the preparation. Organization is key, and making lists are the best way to begin organizing. Ideally, every box you pack should be labeled and noted on this list. This can be as simple as writing down the contents on the box, or numbering each one and using the list to record the contents. The important thing is that you know exactly what is inside of each one, no exceptions. Your future self will be grateful during the unpacking period when your spare phone charger or television cords are easy to find. If you’re feeling exceptionally dedicated to organization, get colored stickers and color-code each room’s boxes with a specific color. During the loading and unloading period, you can keep these colors together and place them in the new house’s rooms to save some box shuffling later.
Set Aside a Bag of Essentials
Another general rule for moving is about your essentials. Don’t pack up things you use daily, unless you’re certain you can forgo it. Put together a backpack or suitcase with the essentials, like toiletries, medications, a phone charger, and some spare cash. Moving is hectic and can get confusing rather quickly, even if you’re very well organized. This way, if you’ve accidentally packed something key (like your wallet) or left it behind, you won’t be completely out of luck.
If you’re relocating cross-country to Palm Springs, then pack accordingly. Seldom does it get chilly, so don’t pack up all your summer clothes just because your move is happening mid-fall or spring. Put together a small luggage bag of comfortable and weather-appropriate clothes, especially for the hot California sun. Include some sunscreen in there, otherwise your unloading process might give you more than just a light tan.
Regardless of how far you’re moving, a moving service is invaluable. However, no matter how experienced the movers you hired, they will need direction on what boxes and objects should be handled with care. Plenty of services will help you pack, though it can be pricey. If you do pack yourself, arrange the boxes and direct your hired help so that anything that shifts in transit won’t be irreparably broken. Make sure any glassware and other fragile objects are packed and padded and labeled specifically and obviously on the box, so it’s not mistaken as something that can be thrown around. Especially if you’re moving during the hotter months, avoid packing anything that can be damaged by heat. Sitting in a truck during the California heat can reach even higher temperatures, so if anything is susceptible to triple digits Fahrenheit, take it with you in your own vehicle.
Make a Final Walk Through Your Home
Before you go anywhere, after everything is packed up, do a final walkthrough of your old place. Check every nook, cranny, cabinet, and shelf. Make sure that anything left behind was intended to be left behind. You don’t want to be halfway to Palm Springs when you realize you left something underneath the kitchen sink. Only once you’ve shaken any lingering feeling that something has been left behind, then you should be ready to leave.
Get Plenty of Sleep
While this should go without saying, it’s going to be said here: rest up before the big move. Don’t spend the night before staying up to all hours frantically preparing. Get a full night’s rest, a decent breakfast, and prepare breaks for lunch, dinner, and whatever else you might need during the loading and unloading processes. This is already going to be a busy and (hopefully less) stressful day for you and your family, and there is no reason to exhaust it by being tired or forgetting to eat. Wake up the day of feeling refreshed, get your cup of coffee (or whatever your morning routine may be) and look forward to your new life in sunny, beautiful Palm Springs.
Half of the battle is finding a home that makes you more excited than stressed about the move. If you need help finding your dream home, give us a call. We’d love to help!