A move involves many stresses. After all, you have multiple tasks to accomplish in a short period of time. You have to put your current residence up for sale (or tell your landlord that you’re moving so he or she can rent the unit out to a new tenant). You also have to clean your home or apartment, pack all of your belongings, and then haul everything across the city, state, or country.
Don’t let your worries and concerns get the best of you during your move. Instead, take the following steps before you even start packing up boxes. These tips will reduce the stress you feel as you prepare for your next move. And once it’s time for you to move, you’ll be ready to tackle the day with ease.
1. Eliminate Clutter in Your Home
After you’ve scheduled your moving day, you’ll want to start packing as soon as you can. When you move to your new home or apartment, however, you don’t want to fill your new space with broken, unused, or useless items.
Before you start packing, make sure to eliminate the clutter in your home. Read through our previous blog post about decluttering your home for tips.
2. Sell Unused or Unwanted Items
You can also make a little extra money from your unwanted belongings if you decide to sell them. In the decluttering blog mentioned above, you’ll find tips on holding a garage sale to sell your gently used items.
If you prefer a more convenient way to sell these items, place ads on Craigslist. This online sales platform allows you to post online ads for each of your belongings. You can sell the following items on Craigslist:
- Appliances (such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, toasters, and coffee makers)
- Furniture (including couches, gently used mattresses, bed frames, chairs, and tables) Movies
- Video games
You can even download the Craigslist cPro app onto your phone. This app lets you post ads online directly from your phone to make the entire process easier to manage.
3. Create a Moving Checklist
Rather than haphazardly throwing your clothes, dishes, and other belongings into boxes, make a moving checklist well before you start packing.
For the most effective results (and minimal stress), your checklist should start about two months before your move. You can break your checklist down by month or by week, whichever option works best for you personally. Items on your checklist could include:
- Pack slightly used items such as books, games, and decorations two months before the move.
- Transfer medical, dental, school, and veterinary records to your new area a month before the move.
- Print labels for all of your boxes three weeks before the move.
To make this step even easier, print a premade moving checklist. You can find dozens of checklists online, so choose the one that best fits your specific situation.
4. Reserve the Moving Van
Moving companies might not be available when you need them, so be sure to call your movers and reserve their services well in advance. Peak moving season typically runs through the spring and summer, so your movers are more likely to be booked during this time period. Non-peak season lasts during fall and winter, and your movers will be easier to book.
No matter when you choose to move, you’ll still want to reserve a moving van and a moving crew as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may not have the proper help or equipment come moving day. Most moving companies allow you to make a reservation six months in advance. Be sure to ask your movers how early you can reserve their services and if they offer discounts for early bookings.
5. Download Moving Apps
Finally, download a few different moving apps onto your phone, tablet, or other mobile device. These apps can help you organize your move and avoid any hiccups on moving day.
Dark Sky allows you to track the weather in your area, so you can avoid moving boxes in and out of the rain. Additionally, this app tells you how long poor weather should last so you can better coordinate your schedule.
Evernote lets you save notes, lists, and online articles to make your move more organized. So if you’d rather save your moving checklist to your phone, this app can store it.
Moving Van helps you keep track of your boxes, and the app notes the contents of each box as well. While you pack, take pictures of each box’s contents, load them into the app, and write down which room each box belongs in. When you unpack in your new home, Moving Van makes it easier to identify which box goes where.
Make moving day easier to manage, and follow the pre-moving day tips above. You’ll make the packing and moving process more relaxed, and you’ll be able to approach moving day with confidence. For more tips about moving and packing, read through the rest of our blog.