Six Tips for a Stress-Free Move
It doesn't matter if you're moving across town or across the province, the moving process can be one of the most stressful times of your life. This is especially true if you have children or pets to consider. If you're hoping to buy a home soon and want moving to be as relaxed and stress-free as possible, here are some tips to ease your anxiety and help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Pare Down Your Possessions Early
Most people have tons of possessions that aren't worth moving. Items such as heavy, bulky furniture, dusty book collections and unused equipment can be sold at a garage sale or by placing ads online. Hunt through your attic and spare room to find piles of unneeded items. Consider donating items you can't sell to a homeless shelter or charity organization. By getting rid of clutter, you can focus on packing and moving your most beloved items.
Pack Up the Non-Essentials First
Item such as art pieces, out-of-season clothing, sports equipment, extra linens and holiday-themed items can be packed up and ready to go months before the move. Choose an out-of-the-way section of the house to serve as temporary storage or consider renting a storage unit or pod to house these non-essentials.
Clean as You Go
Once you've cleared out a closet or a room, take the time to scrub walls, polish the floor and wash the light fixtures before moving on. This will ensure you don't have a whole house to clean in the last few days of your move when you are already tired. Don't forget the details, such as baseboards, crown molding and switch plates.
Arrange for Special Freight as Soon as Possible
If you own a piano, full-size harp, expensive paintings or sculptures, now is the time to arrange for shipping. The same applies to animals of a barnyard nature, such as horses, sheep, chickens or cows. Even large dogs, such as Great Danes or Irish Wolfhounds, may be too large to ship as dogs and you may be forced to pay pony freight charges for them. If your move is short, you may be able to work with a local moving company for items and a local farmer for animal transport. If you are moving a great distance, start talking to long-distance freight shippers and airlines as soon as possible.
Tackle a Room at a Time
Trying to pack up everything you own in the space of a few days is stressful enough without having a plan. Start with extra rooms in your house, such as the spare bedroom or second bathroom. Pack it up and clean it, then remove it from the list. As you get closer to moving day, have boxes and packing materials ready for your everyday items such as dishes and clothing. By packing methodically, you will be less likely to end up with boxes full of unrelated items that belong all over the new house.
Make Sure You Have Plenty of Help
The last thing you need on moving day is a sprained wrist or a painful back injury because you tried to do everything yourself. If you don't have enough friends and family to help you move, consider contracting a moving company to assist you. Unless you own very little or you are very strong, moving everything yourself is simply not a good idea.
Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your entire life. By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a less-stressful, methodical move.