Dos and Don'ts for a Stress-Free Move

January 15, 2013 - Updated: January 15, 2013

Buying a home is a wonderful experience that can open up an entirely new chapter in your life. But there is a slight downside to buying a new house, because this also means you’ll have to endure the moving process. The moving process itself can be one of the most stressful parts of buying a new house, and you’re usually already overwhelmed with other paperwork, planning and finalizing many little details. But there are several ways you can organize your move to be stress-free. Here is a bit of moving advice for a stress-free move, as well as a few moving tips to keep your move organized:

Stress-Free Moving Guide

Do consider shipping a few items:

Even small items can take up a lot of space if there are a lot of them, including DVDs and books. If you have a large collection of these items, pack them up ahead of time and ship them to your new address. This will save you a lot of space in your moving truck, and this is a helpful piece of moving advice for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the sheer volume of possessions that must be packed. Shipping insurance can also be purchased to protect these, boxes if your collections are high in value, to keep your worries down.

Do make a checklist:

Trying to remember so many tiny details is why moving can become so stressful. One way to provide yourself with a bit of relief during the moving process is to make a checklist containing all of the small tasks you need to get done before, during and after your move. Keep the checklist out in the open and readily available so you can add to it any time you think of something.
The checklist should include things such as the different companies you’ll need to change your address with (credit cards, banks, utilities etc.) records you’ll need transferred if applicable (medical, school, veterinary) and anything else you’re worried about forgetting so you can relax.

Don’t neglect to label boxes properly:

Even if packing for your move becomes a labour-intensive chore, always label the boxes properly so you or your movers know exactly where they have to go and what’s in them. This will prevent worry over potentially missing items, because you’ll know exactly where they are while you’re moving.

Do declutter your home before packing for your move:

You don’t want to be packing up useless items, or be sitting there wondering if you should keep or get rid of something while you’re packing before a big move. Instead, have a garage sale before your move, throw away unused items or better yet, donate anything you don’t need to lighten your load and give you less to pack and worry about at the same time.

Don’t feel you have to handle the move all alone:

If moving seems overwhelming at first, consider hiring professional movers to help you out. They can even safely pack up your stuff for you. If professional movers are out of your budget, you may be able to only hire a company for part of the move so they can handle big items such as beds and couches while you worry about the small furniture and regular boxes. When researching moving companies, ask them about their different moving procedures and find out moving information for their different types of moves. For example, do they offer full-service and partial-service moves? Or only full-service, which costs more?

Following the above moving tips and simply keeping calm throughout the moving process will make the worst part of buying a new house a breeze, and get you enjoying your new home that much faster.

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