Many people find moving stressful. However, with the right planning and preparation, your move doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.

1. Give Yourself Time to Settle In

If you are moving to start a new job, or for school or another obligation, give yourself time to settle in. Don’t move over the weekend and start your new commitment the following Monday.

If you can, try to give yourself a week between your move-in date and starting your new job or school. This will give you time to unpack and settle into your new home, which will make transitioning to a new schedule go more smoothly.

2. Create a Moving Schedule

Sit down and create a moving schedule. Your moving schedule should include all the tasks you need to achieve before your move. Creating a schedule and budgeting time will help you stay on top of all the moving tasks you need to achieve.

Your moving schedule should include tasks such as going through the items in your home, dropping off items you want to donate, selling items you want to profit from, packing up your home, and moving items that the moving company can’t move for you, such as house plants.

As you create your schedule, be sure to break these tasks up. For example, don’t just put untidying your home on your schedule, assign a room or space to go through each day for a week. The more specific your moving calendar is, the more helpful it will be.

3. Set-Up Utilities Before Your Move

Make sure to set-up utilities before your move. You don’t want to get to your new home only to discover you don’t have running water, or the gas is not turned on and you can’t use the stove or the heater.

If you are moving within the same service area, you can transfer service from your current home to your new home. If you are moving to a new service area, then you’ll need to call up the utility companies and set-up new accounts. Keep in mind that you may have to pay additional fees to start your utilities.

4. Get Help Cleaning

When you move, in addition going through your home, packing it up, and then unpacking it, you also have to deal with cleaning up your old home and your new home.

Don’t take on this task by yourself. Hire a cleaning company to help you deep clean your old home to ensure you get your deposit back if you are renting or make sure you are handing off the home in good condition if you are selling your home.

If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your new home, hire a cleaning company to clean it the day before you move it.

5. Allow Moves to Pack & Unpack Your Home

Cross packing off of your moving list and hire a moving company to pack up your home. Spend your time before your move going through your home and getting rid of items you don’t want or need. Allow the moving company to deal with the actual task of packing up your home.

Keep in mind you can also have the moving company unpack when you get to your new home. Your moving company can assemble your furniture and unpack your boxes.

Instead of doing all the unpacking and furniture arranging on your own, you can help direct and supervise the process. Even if you decide to around and rearrange things later on, having movers unpack your home will save you a lot of time.

You can significantly reduce the stress of moving by planning everything out, and getting help with packing, unpacking, and cleaning, three big moving tasks. Give us a call at Smith Dray Line & Storage Inc. today and we can match you with a move coordinator who will help make your moving process as stress-free and smooth as possible.