Moving can be a very stressful time, whether it comes to packing, unpacking, find movers, making sure everything survives the move, etc. Although these days Americans aren’t afraid to pack up their belongings and find new digs. Some of the reasons for a move might be that your family is growing; you are in search of lower rent, moving to a safer community or are being transferred to a new job for a new job. To cut down on the level of stress, rather than just play it by ear and hope everything goes according to plan, it is a good idea to set a plan well in advance of your move. Here are a few tips to help you move go off without a hitch:

  • Take care of address change details first: Save yourself the annoyance of doing this after you move. This can take a little while to start forwarding to your new address, so as soon as you know what your new address is going to be fill out a change of address form and send it a few weeks before you move.
  • Make a master list of moving tasks: It is always easier to do things with a list in front of you. A month before you move, make a list of all your To Dos and they will be easier to accomplish. You will feel a sense of relief when you are able to check off your last To Do and enjoy your new house.
  • Don’t pay for packing supplies: Moving can break the bank in more ways than one. Don’t spend money on moving supplies also. Try out your local convenience stores as well as hardware stores to see if they have any extra boxes or moving supplies. Often times they may even offer to set some aside for you. Also when you are done unpacking, lay everything flat to make sure you got everything out.
  • Plan new rooms as you unpack the old ones: You won’t be able to exactly replicate the rooms exactly. However this opens up for new ideas for your new home. If you are looking to keep things very similar, take pictures of your old rooms before you take anything down. Another helpful hint is to also take pictures of the electronic hook-ups to help you put them back together.
  • Line up professional movers: If you’re short on time, hate the idea of waking up downstairs with countless boxes, or are moving across the country then you should look into hiring a professional moving company. While some moving companies can be expensive, they don’t have to be. Make sure you get quotes from several different companies, don’t be shy about the fact that you’re shopping around. Often times when companies are aware that you are shopping around may result in a lower quote.
  • Ask your friends for help: Doesn’t matter if you hire movers, or if you don’t you will still need extra hands to help you carry items out of your old house and into your new one. If you plan to rely heavily on friends to help with your move, you need to make sure they’re committed to your plight. If you are looking for your friends help, try and schedule your move at a time that is convenient for them.
  • Get your place in tip top shape: If you’re moving into a rental or fixer-upper, there might be some plans you have for your new place. If you are hoping to paint, do minor repairs, conduct extensive renovations or simple give the place a nice squeaky-clean shine, try to do so before you move in to your new place?  Any projects you are hoping to do will be much easier before you move in.
  • Read up on how to drive a rental truck: There are several things you need to think about before driving a rental truck or van, read up on how to drive it before you get out on the road. The truck with have different blind spots and is much wider than what most people are used to. Take every precaution possible.
  • Have Rugs, Drapes and Slipcovers cleaned: This is the perfect time to also clean your items that are usually getting cleaned. If your couch has a cover that can be removed, you can send that cover and the cushion slipcovers to the cleaners for a good washing. Same goes for your rugs, drapes, shower curtains and any other large or fabric items.
  • Purge: Set up a plan for purging the pile of junk that has collected in your closets and spare rooms or the basement. If your house is full of stuff you never use, set up a schedule and time to address each pile of junk over the next few months before the move. You can go online and find charities that will benefit from all the extra clothes and useful items.

May is National Movers Month and if you have a move coming up make sure to set schedules, time frames and goals to help make your move go as smoothly as possible. To learn more about the latest Home Service Updates visit us at Connect Your Home or call (866)989-3474. Do you have a move coming up?