How to Alleviate the Stress of Moving Day

September 16, 2015
How to Alleviate the Stress of Moving Day

The idea of relocating may at first sound exciting, however, it is typically something that most of us dread. Even if we try to convince ourselves that “change is good,” the act of moving is often mentioned as one of life’s most stressful events. Consider also that another traumatic occurrence may have resulted in the need to move in the first place, such as death, divorce or compromised economic conditions. Even when the move is to a bigger, brighter home in a great neighborhood, leaving familiar places and faces behind can be tough.

Ok…enough gloom and doom! Change IS good and there are steps to take to ensure that moving day will not leave you emotionally depleted and physically exhausted.

Do not rush the packing process

When is it time to start collecting boxes and cleaning out closets? Do it as soon as the plan to relocate is definite. For those buying a property, waiting until after the closing date to begin the packing up process may be too late. The details involved in purchasing a home take up enough time and come with their own set of headaches, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute.

Be realistic about what you should take

Avoid the temptation of throwing stuff into boxes labeled, “To Be Sorted Later”. Do it now and be honest with yourself. How about that pair of roller blades, quesadilla maker, or dumbbell set that have been gathering dust? Take it room by room, choose to sell, toss or donate and stick with the plan.

Shop around for a reputable moving company

Find a moving company that friends, family members, co-workers or neighbors have had success with. Check how long they have been in business and if they have a physical office in your area. Firms that have been in business for 10+ years and have local affiliations with organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau or Merchants Association are usually a safe bet.

Think ahead

That is, what will you immediately need for those first few days and nights in your new digs? Pack a few “Open First” boxes and include handy necessities such as linens, towels, toiletries, essential cooking items, a flashlight, pet supplies, and so forth. Remember to include snacks, a change of clothes, medications and a few of the kids’ favorite books, games or toys.

Be a meticulous packer

It is a familiar declaration; “We haven’t seen that since we moved.” Label the contents of each moving box so there will be no mysteries as to where both the treasures and the necessities are located.

Move kids and pets elsewhere

When you visualize actual moving day, it should come as no surprise that making other plans for your children and pets should be a priority. In addition to making things easier as movers come and go for several hours, it is also much safer. Kids and pets can easily be in the wrong place at the wrong time and having them in a secure place for the day will definitely alleviate a little of that moving day stress!

Figure out how the moving van will get in and out

There are lots of neighborhoods where driving a huge truck in is a difficult, if not impossible prospect. Figure this step out well in advance and talk to your neighbors and the moving company to troubleshoot before moving day rolls around. Hint: City dwellers may need to apply for a permit.

Be involved and available

Don’t think that your job is done when the movers arrive. In fact, your job may actually become more demanding. Remember, they may be pros, but you know your stuff! Without being a pest, stay close by and keep a watchful eye on how things are being done. This is a service that you are paying a hefty price for, so ensure that you walk away as a satisfied customer by being front and center on moving day. The movers will likely have questions and definitely need a little guidance from those who know the inside scoop on what’s really inside all of those boxes. Don’t expect them to read the labels -let them know what items are fragile and make sure they handle with care!

Make a clean sweep

Keep cleaning supplies off the truck because you’ll want them unless you’ve hired a professional cleaning team. If possible, do just that – because you can count on being completely exhausted at the end of moving day.

With a little planning and thinking ahead, moving day does not have to be stressful after all!

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