Did you know many Americans report that moving is one of the most stressful life events.
If you want tips on how you can get ready for an upcoming move, we can help. In this moving guide, we’ll go over how to plan a move without stressing out.
Want to learn more? Keep reading.
Table of Contents
- Get an Estimate From a Moving Company
- What’s Your Budget?
- Read the Contract
- Start Selling Extra Items
- Do You Own Fragile Items?
- Gather Packing Supplies
- Create an Inventory List
- Are You Moving Across the Country?
- Contact Various Service Providers
- Make Sure You Contact a New Pharmacy
- Change Your Address
- Send Family and Friends Your New Address
- Cancel or Update Different Memberships
- Make Sure You Confirm the Move
- Start Packing With the Help of Friends and Family
- Will You Sell Your House?
- Use This Stress-Free Moving Guide
Get an Estimate From a Moving Company
If you plan to work with a moving company, get estimates from a few different companies.
Also, avoid a company that doesn’t come to your home to check out your belongings. They won’t be able to provide a credible estimate if they don’t see your items.
If you plan to work with professional movers, begin budgeting for this project.
What’s Your Budget?
If you plan to work with professional movers, you’ll want to determine your budget. Before moving to your new location, you should consider how much you can afford.
Stick to your budget. You don’t want any added stress during this process.
Read the Contract
Before signing a contract, make sure you look at your written estimate. You want to make sure you understand what you’re signing.
Does the moving company have insurance coverage? What kind of equipment will they use, and how many movers will help?
Start Selling Extra Items
If you have begun to pack your items, and realize you have duplicates, sell these things. You should look at hosting a yard or garage sale, as well.
Sell your items online or host a neighborhood sale. Use the money toward your moving budget.
Do You Own Fragile Items?
Movers might not have the expertise to move some larger or expensive items. You might need to hire a specialty mover. The movers will move some of these challenging items, so they don’t get damaged.
Gather Packing Supplies
You should look at gathering moving supplies. You can get free boxes at local grocery stores or hardware places. Pick up free cardboard boxes for your move.
You should also pick up plenty of packing tape and markers. Label the boxes, so you know what’s inside the different packages.
Create an Inventory List
Make an inventory sheet of your valuables. This way, you will know what goes on in the moving truck.
Keep a list of where your valuable items are so you don’t lose anything. Label boxes that have fragile items.
Are You Moving Across the Country?
You should look at getting your vehicles serviced if you will move across the country. You don’t want your car to break down.
Some people will sell their vehicle and buy a new one when they reach their new location.
Contact Various Service Providers
You should contact your utility, internet, and television providers. Arrange for the services to get transferred to your new home.
It would help if you did this before your move, so you don’t end up with a delay.
Make Sure You Contact a New Pharmacy
If moving to a new area, you don’t want to get stuck without your medication.
Will you change pharmacies or doctors? You should make an appointment so you can refill your prescription.
Change Your Address
Before the move, you’ll want to get your address changed. Contact the different businesses where you’ll need to provide your new address.
Look at contacting the insurance companies and banks. You’ll need to get your mail forwarded to the post office as well.
Send Family and Friends Your New Address
Family and friends will want to know your new address. Consider sending them your new address through an email or text. This way, people will know where to send letters or birthday cards.
Cancel or Update Different Memberships
You’ll also need to cancel or update various subscriptions or memberships.
Your gym membership won’t work if you move to an entirely new state.
Make Sure You Confirm the Move
When working with a moving company, you’ll want to confirm different moving dates. Make sure your move date has gotten confirmed and everything is still scheduled.
Start Packing With the Help of Friends and Family
Once you have gotten everything organized, begin packing your belongings. Give yourself time to do this job in chunks. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed with the amount of work you need to complete.
You can ask friends and family to help. Some people might be able to chip in on the weekend. You should celebrate afterward by treating them to dinner.
Will You Sell Your House?
If you plan to sell your house, look at hiring a reputable real estate agent. You can ask your friends or family for a recommendation.
Some people will choose to rent their house and buy a new one. If you plan to rent your house, who will take care of the repairs? Make sure you plan this out before moving.
Are you moving soon? Check out these tips if you need to sell house quickly.
Use This Stress-Free Moving Guide
We hope this moving guide was helpful. The key to a stress-free move is making sure you get organized and start early.
Find a reputable professional moving company, and make sure you get a few estimates. You want to find someone who can work within your budget.
Are you looking for more moving tips? Check out our resources on the blog.