10 Tips for Moving: Everything You Need to Know

    You can make a move less stressful by preparing ahead of time. An organized plan will make the entire process proceed more smoothly. The following to tips can help make moving less hectic and less stressful.

    1. If you are planning to use a moving company or rent a truck or van to move yourself, you will want to be sure that you have what you need on the date you need it. Make your reservation early so that you can begin concentrating on the other aspects of moving. Be sure you have a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations of the company you are dealing with.
    2. Go through your closets, drawers, basement, garage and all other areas of your house where things are stored. Throw away, sell or donate everything you do not need. There is no reason to pack and unpack items that are useless to you.
    3. Gather your moving supplies. You will need boxes, packing materials, tape, labels and markers. You might want to check online to get some excellent packing tips. Drawing on the experience of others can make your moving adventure go more smoothly.
    4. Pack up as much as you can as far ahead of time as possible. Designate one room or area of your house as the location for packed boxes. Label or color-coordinate the boxes to make unpacking less stressful and much faster.
    5. Create a file folder that will hold all of the pertinent information you will need when or shortly after you arrive at your new home. This file should include medical records, school records if you have children, vet records if you have pets, financial records and various other pieces of personal information.
    6. A few weeks before your moving date, begin using up your groceries and household items. Be sure to pack a box of cleaning supplies to have easily available once you arrive at your new home. Leave some cleaning products and paper towels in the cabinet for last minute clean up on moving day.
    7. A few weeks before your moving date, complete a change of address form for the postal service.
    8. Pack a box of essentials. This box should contain items that you will need shortly after you arrive at your new home. This box could include items such as toys for your kids, your pet’s bed, bowl and toys, snacks, beverages, paper plates, a change of clothes for each family member and a variety of other items. Each person or family’s essential box will contain different items.
    9. When unloading the boxes at your new home, take them straight from the truck to the room where they will be unpacked. This will save you a lot of time and frustration as you unpack.
    10. Approach the packing and unpacking process in a systematic, organized manner and you will feel far less overwhelmed.

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