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The Self-Mover’s Ultimate Checklist To A Problem-Free Moving Experience

How to Ease the Stress of Moving

It’s generally agreed that moving is one of the most stressful experiences you’ll ever undergo. It ranks right up there with job loss, divorce, and major illness, none of which are much fun.

Even if your new home will be a major lifestyle upgrade, moving is bound to cause a few headaches. After all, you’re taking apart your entire life and reassembling it at a new location. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the stress of moving, following this checklist will go a long way toward creating a relatively painless move.


Step One: Eliminate Unnecessary Burdens

When you’re moving, the less you have to pack, the better. As soon as you know you’ll be relocating, start eliminating the clutter from your life by asking yourself these simple questions: Have you used it in the past year? Does it bring you genuine joy? If not, get rid of it.

The method of disposal is up to you – for items that would be worth your time to sell, you might want to consider having a yard sale or posting them for sale online. Who knows? You might be able to cover some of your moving costs by getting rid of unused gadgets and household items.

If you’d rather not make a foray into the world of second-hand wheeling and dealing, just drop all the useful stuff at your local thrift store. Don’t forget the receipt; it’s good for a tax write-off at the end of the year.

Step Two: Make Moving Arrangements

You’re going to need a way to get your worldly possessions from A to B, so you might as well get your reservation out of the way. One less thing to think about on moving day!

If you’re planning on renting a moving van, it’s a good idea do some research first. Estimates may vary widely from one company to the next, and you may even get different estimates from different pick-up locations within the same rental company. Van rental companies base their prices on supply and demand, but other factors such as a shortage of moving trucks at your destination can also influence prices. The bottom line: check around for the best deal – you could save hundreds of dollars.

Of course, a truck rental isn’t the only option these days. If you like the idea of packing at your own pace and the thought of driving a gigantic box truck down a windy highway gives you cold sweats, then you may want to consider a moving and storage solution likePODS or UPack. All you have to do is pack, and they’ll transport your stuff across the country, allowing you to make the trip in the family car.

Don’t Forget the Boxes

Before you start packing, you’re going to need something to put your stuff in. If you have enough advance notice, purchase your moving supplies such as dollies, boxes, dish barrels, wardrobe boxes, moving blankets, and packing tape online. You’ll probably get a better price and they’ll be delivered to your door.

Use It Up

Consumable goods like food and cleaning supplies cost money. You don’t want to throw them away when you move, but you don’t necessarily want to pack them, either. Do your best to use them up in the weeks leading up to your move.

Get creative with your recipes to include the items you have on hand, and make sure you give your house a thorough cleaning so it’s ready for the next set of occupants, or the real estate staging team.


Start Packing

Once you’ve pared your possessions down to those things you can’t do without, you can start packing everything up. But don’t pack frequently used items too far in advance, or you’ll end up searching through your boxes, potentially for hours.

Start with the stuff that you only use once in a blue moon – useful enough to keep, but not so crucial that you’ll need it between now and moving day. Pack heavier items such as books and kitchen appliances in smaller boxes, and save the big boxes for linens and clothing.

As you get closer to moving day, gradually pack more and more frequently used items. Ideally, you’ll only have minimal work to do in the days before the actual move.

Label everything! The few moments it takes to slap a label on each box might save you hours later. Just do it. You’ll be glad you did.

Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s

It’s a smart idea to create a binder with all of your important documents inside. Keep your estimates, receipts, and your inventory inside, along with any other important documents you may need along the way or upon arrival.

You’ll also need to notify certain parties of your move. Your checklist may vary, but you should probably include the post office, your bank, your employer’s HR department, your creditors, your subscription service providers, and your insurance and utility companies.

And don’t forget to have your records forwarded to your new home. Ask your health care providers to send your medical records to providers they recommend in your new hometown. If you have children, or are a student yourself, get in touch with your school administrators and have them transfer your school records.

Take the Car for a Checkup

If you’ll be driving your own vehicle during the move, then you’d be wise to take it to your local mechanic for a checkup. The last thing you want is to have mechanical issues throw a wrench into your moving plans.

Hit the Road!

Whew! It’ll all be over soon, and you’ll have a brand new outlook on life. Best of luck! May your journey be swift, your new neighbors friendly, and your new home, perfect.

Oh, and if you’d like to move but don’t have a new home to move into, please allow us to offer our services. We’re, and new homes are what we’re all about.

Published Monday, October 3, 2016 6:52 AM by CENTURY 21 Gold Real Estate

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