According to healthcare experts, moving ranks in the top three stressors in life, alongside divorce and the death of a loved one. Suffice to say, people really hate moving.
And we can’t blame them!
But moving doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. With the right moving schedule, you can make your move a breeze. You can get started by reading this quick guide!
Craft a Schedule
Okay, okay, it might seem weird to schedule-in creating a schedule, but you have to walk before you can run. Plus, a thorough schedule can save you loads of headaches later on.
Begin by listing every task you can think of, no matter how minute. Then, arrange the list in order of importance and timeliness. Some tasks might take longer than others, after all.
You’ll want to break down your move into several increments:
- Eight weeks out
- Six weeks out
- Three weeks out
- One week out
Starting two months in advance might sound like overkill, but trust us when we say moving out is easier when you’re not cramming belongings into boxes the night before the move.
Find the Right Movers
Hiring movers should make the process of moving easier. However, finding a reliable team can be tough.
Make matters easier by researching companies online. The moving companies worth your time should list all the important information upfront — including reviews, so you can better sense how reputable they are.
Don’t forget to ask for a quote, too. Doing so can help you save money that you can put toward your new house.
As a rule of thumb, get at least three or four quotes before making your final decision.
Update Your Address
As if packing boxes isn’t bad enough, moving requires a ton of paperwork. Especially if you’re moving to a new state.
Make sure to register any vehicles with the local DMV and apply for a new driver’s license. Likewise, inform your bank of the move and forward your mail to your new address.
Don’t forget to register to vote in your new district, as well.
Explore Your New Neighborhood
If possible, take a trip to your new home before moving day. Have fun exploring the new locale and seeing the sights.
This is a great chance to get acclimated to your nearest emergency services too, like hospitals and police or fire stations.
Also, if you have kids, taking them along and making it an adventure can make the move easier. Moving is tough, but it’s often harder for little ones.
The Ultimate Moving Checklist to Make Your Move Easier
Moving isn’t “fun,” but it doesn’t have to be miserable, either. Use this moving checklist to make the transition easier for yourself and your family.
And remember, the sooner you start packing, the less stress you’ll feel when moving day arrives!
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