It’s a lot easier to do something when you’ve thoroughly prepared for it, right? When you know you’ve done everything you can, even relocating can be a stress-free experience.
Relocating is usually a complicated process full of headaches and stress, but if you know how to do it beforehand, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience when you move!
Adding kids or pets into the mix makes relocating much more stressful. However, you can avoid potential hassles and be prepared for any that do by knowing what to expect and what you should do to keep your relocation as smooth as possible.
To help you out on your move, here are 5 things you need to know before relocating!
1. Decide on a budget and stick to it
For people who have never moved before, it can be more than a little confusing to think of a plan for the move.
For instance, with so many things to do, some get baffled and start with something that would have been best done second or third. In the end, they prepare for their move in a roundabout way which is a waste of time and effort.
What you need to know before relocating is that as soon as your move is confirmed, you should decide on a budget, which will ultimately determine how your relocation will be.
Although you can get an idea of how much the move will cost you by doing what I mentioned above, it would be best if you could ask professional movers to visit your home in person. This way, you can get the most accurate cost estimate and know where to allocate the rest of your budget.
2. Hire good, professional movers
Once you find the professional movers who can best help you with your needs, you’re another step closer to the stress-free move you’re preparing for.
Although many people think that hiring professional movers is more expensive, it isn’t always the case. If you want to consider moving DIY, there are some hidden DIY moving costs that you’ll need to be wary of.
As you prepare for the move, remember that the best moving companies always customize their relocation services to different household budgets and circumstances. Plus, professional movers are experienced and insured, which can give you additional peace of mind that your belongings are in good hands.
3. Prepare a moving checklist and follow it
To make sure you haven’t missed anything, it’s always best if you prepare and follow a moving checklist. It won’t take much time to make one, but it will take a lot of time and effort to fix any problems that come up if you forget to do even one thing.
Avoid any potential problems and make the most of your time until the day you relocate by following a moving checklist. Make sure you write down the most important things to do, as well as when you need to do them and how much time you have before they’re completed.
After all, some official procedures can take up to a few weeks to be processed!
4. Save as much money as you can
One crucial fact to keep in mind as you prepare is that most of the time, moving is an expensive affair.
As the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) states, the average cost of a long-distance move is about $4,300 for a distance of 1,225 miles. On the other hand, the average cost of a local move is about $2,300 for 4 movers at $200 per hour. Both average moving costs are calculated for moving household items that weigh 7,400 pounds.
So as you prepare for your relocation, make sure your savings will remain safe and untouched by reducing your moving costs as much as possible. Some of the things you can do are hiring affordable movers, moving fewer items, and packing most of your items yourself.
5. Declutter and pack what you can
One of the most common moving mistakes that first-timers make is moving all of their belongings—even those they didn’t really need. This is an expensive mistake that can easily be avoided by decluttering your home before packing.
By decluttering and getting rid of all items that you no longer need, you’ll find that you’ll save a lot of time, money, and effort in the end. Fewer things to pack will mean lower transportation costs, less time spent packing, and less storage space taken, which all equates to less money spent.
When you’ve gotten rid of the things you no longer need, it can be intimidating to look at the number of belongings you’ll need to pack. You may be tempted to hire packers, but keep in mind that you should save as much as you can.
Pack most of your belongings by yourself or with help from friends and family. Reuse cardboard boxes so you won’t need to buy moving boxes and opt to wrap delicate items with newspaper instead of packing paper.
Hire professional packers only to help you with special items where their expertise will come in handy.
Although relocating can be a stressful, complicated process, there are some steps you can take to enjoy a hassle-free experience. As long as you keep in mind the 5 things you need to know before relocating, that stress-free move will no longer seem like just a dream!
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