How to Minimize Stress Before, During and After the Move
Ready for your big move and for a new beginning, but slightly overwhelmed with the process? What could possibly happen, right? Wrong.
The truth is, anything can happen because that’s just life! So, to ensure your move runs as smoothly as possible, here are 7 proactive steps that can help you have a smooth and sound moving experience.
1. Start! Getting started is often the biggest challenge we face, and we’re often overwhelmed with the amount of work to get done. Just start and once you are in motion, take a tour of the location you’re leaving and make a list of every item you need to address – from packing supplies, to items you may want to sell or donate, to finding a donor. Just make sure you setup a timeline for yourself so that you’re not left addressing items at the last minute that could be attended to in advance.
2. Packing and Preparation. Pack your items with care. This may sound obvious, but don’t take it for granted that your property will magically arrive in tact. You’d be amazed at how rushed packing can cause you to simply throw a random set of dishes in a box without use of bubble wrap, paper packaging or any protective coverage like cartons or cardboard boxes. Put yourself in control and pack diligently.
3. Check your new location’s moving stipulations – if you’re renting a unit, be it for business or as your new home, get advance approval from building management for everything you and your movers will need access to on moving day in order to avoid unnecessary costs, frustrations and wait times for movers to proceed with work. If you’re paying your mover by the hour, every minute adds up.
4. Prepare your destination location and ensure you have cleaning supplies and tools easily accessible to you. If you setup your new space in advance so that it’s clean and clear of any obstacles, moving them into their designated location is faster and easier.
5. Measure your new destination’s doorways and rooms – this is crucial to ensure you have zero surprises when moving large items through doorways into your new location. This way, you can disassemble furniture as needed or decide which items really have a place in your new location. Finding cumbersome items a new home by donating or selling them may benefit you and could save you a lot of unpleasant surprises.
6. Moving window and wait times – if it’s a long distance moves, arrival times are estimated and usually you’re quoted a window time with a range of dates for your items’ arrival. Make sure you have everything you need to get through the days you’re waiting for your goods to arrive to their destination. If you’ll need storage space for layover times between locations, verify pricing with your mover and find the best option for you, sometimes movers have their own storage units. Make sure to do this in advance, as last minute request can also mean inflated pricing due to supply and demand.
7. Get insured and pick a policy that meets your needs. Whether you’re switching moving trucks half way, or a friend is picking up part of the move in one state, or the entire move will be maintained by one company, insurance is crucial. Occasionally, long distance movers pile a few different customers’ items together. And in the occasion of an accident on the roads, you can never be too careful. Point blank, insurance is your friend.