Moving can be chaotic, costly, and time-consuming. No matter the distance, after packing, hauling, storing, and unpacking, the moving process and cost may exhaust you — physically and financially. Here are 4 important moving tips to help you stay happy and on track:
Prep For Success
Generally speaking, the moving process will go much smoother if you plan ahead. However, for many individuals, life happens ( i.e, work, family, friends, budget….TIME) and as the story goes, many of us find ourselves scrambling to figure out the sticky logistical details at the last minute.
Checklists like this one can be extremely helpful in creating a timeline for your move. In addition, it’s not a bad idea to plan ahead by setting aside a rainy day fund. Just ask the experts! Atlas Vans offers some great tips on how to budget accordingly for different phases in the moving process. Research is also important in the planning phase. Depending on the city you’re moving to, cost of living along with countless environmental factors can play heavily into how you’ll go about your day-to-day. From climate to culture, take the time learn as much as you can about your new community.
Donate or Ditch
Clutter can cause major issues when it comes to moving. Read this article to help you decide what you really need — and what you don’t. Once you’ve decided which items will stay, take your clutter to the nearest Goodwill or recycling center.
Trip It or Ship It
After you’ve figured out which items you’ll be keeping, you may want to start thinking about how they’ll move with you. Cost is a major factor here — especially for large or valuable items. Do your research and find the best solution for your situation.
Grab a Moving Buddy
Whether it’s a friend, neighbor, or family member, be sure to have a moving buddy. The fact is, when moving, doing it alone just isn’t practical. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll need an extra pair of hands — or two. It can be dangerous trying to move heavy or awkward items, and it can even be very dangerous. Besides, having someone come along for the ride will make the experience just a little less stressful!