Moving to a new home can be a stressful experience. That doesn’t mean it needs to be! There are many ways you can reduce stress when preparing for a move, as well as on moving day itself.
Consider the following examples. If you’re moving to a new house or apartment in the near future, these tips will make the experience much easier for everyone involved.
Choose the Right Moving Company
One of the easiest ways to minimize stress on moving day is to hire a reputable moving company in your area. Naturally, when you hire a moving company, your moving day to-do list will be much shorter than it would otherwise be.
Some people decide not to hire moving companies because they assume handling the move themselves will save them money. This is an understandable assumption. However, hiring a moving company can actually be the wiser financial decision.
Professional moving companies know how to move items into a home efficiently and safely. That’s key. Your belongings are less likely to be damaged during a move if you rely on experts instead of yourself and friends or family.
Additionally, moving companies typically offer insurance options. Many people fail to realize that their current homeowners or renters insurance policy might not cover damage to their belongings that’s sustained during the move..
Take Pictures of Electronic Connections
This is an easy-to-overlook tip that’s essential in the digital age!
These days, many of us own plenty of electronic devices. It’s common for homeowners to prioritize installing and setting up these devices early after moving into a new house.
The problem is, these devices often have many connections to other devices. Remembering which plugs and cords go where can be immensely difficult when trying to reinstall your electronics. Take pictures of those connections before packing your electronics for a move to avoid this common headache.
Buy More Packing Supplies Than You Think You Need
You need to consider your budget when planning a move. You don’t want to add to the stress of the experience by spending more than you can afford.
That said, if you can justify the minor expense, it’s often smart to buy more packing supplies than you assume you’ll need. These items tend to be relatively inexpensive anyway. You’ll potentially save yourself a lot of time later (and avoid damaging your belongings by packing them together too tightly) if you have enough supplies.
It’s also worth remembering that some family members or friends may have moved into new homes recently. Reach out to them to find out if they have any leftover packing supplies they’d be willing to share.
Make a List of Unpacking Priorities
Depending on how many items you own, there’s a good chance you won’t unpack everything on moving day. Of course, some items should be unpacked as soon as possible. These may include bathroom items, cooking supplies, and similar belongings.
When packing up, make a list of priorities (or label boxes based on priority) so you know which items you want to unpack first and which can wait. This will help you unpack much more efficiently, as you won’t spend extra time trying to decide where to start first.
The main point to remember is that excessive stress doesn’t need to be part of the moving experience. In fact, moving into a new home can be exciting, and it’s more likely to be if you apply these tips!