Moving is no doubt one of the most stressful life events.
It doesn’t have to be, however. If you plan accordingly and get things in order with plenty of time to spare, moving can be a relatively pain-free experience.
If you’re preparing to move, there are several steps you should take to make the process go as smoothly as possible. By following these steps, you’ll make the whole experience much smoother.
Here’s a quick look at how to get ready for your next big move.
Create a Moving Plan
The first thing you should do is get organized with a moving plan.
Your plan should include a moving checklist complete with a timeline. Everyone’s timeline will be unique based on their move-in date.
Stay organized with a designated moving binder in which you can keep your moving related paperwork, including contracts, receipts, notes, and to-do lists. By visually organizing your move, you will keep track of things as they happen.
Decide the Logistics
It might be overwhelming to contemplate moving all of your belongings from one house to another, particularly if you are moving to another state.
You have a few options to manage a move, including moving things yourself with the help of family and friends, shipping your items, or hiring professional movers. Each of these alternatives falls at a different price point, so no matter your budget, there’s an ideal option for you.
Start researching moving companies and request estimates. If you plan to move during the summer, contact companies at least three months before the move since summer tends to be the busiest time of the year for moving.
Set Up a Budget
Legal fees, real estate agent fees, mortgage fees; the list of things you’ll need to pay for during your move can seem endless.
Make sure your costs don’t spiral out of control by establishing a realistic moving budget at the outset. If you stick to your budget, then you won’t have the additional stress of suddenly having to find more money in the middle of your move.
Before you begin packing, declutter. Don’t waste time and money moving things that you no longer need. Reduce your stress and lighten your workload.
Go through each room, closet, and storage space and determine if there are things you can eliminate. Sell or donate items you no longer need or are no longer useful to you.
Take measurements of your new house and phase out any furniture that won’t fit or you know you won’t use.
Preparing for a Lakeland or Tampa Area Move
If you’re in the process of preparing to move out, then we can help.
We have decades of experience in professional household moves. We’ll pair you with a residential relocation professional who will listen to your needs and offer a free written estimate. We’re ready to help you make your move.
Contact us today for a free estimate.