Ask questions. You’ll probably have many questions for your mover. Asking these questions will get rid of any unnecessary stress and will help you better understand the moving process.
Check references. The best way to make sure that a moving company is legitimate is to talk with others who have used a moving company before, specifically the one you are going to choose. Don’t be afraid to ask for references.
Be aggressive. To avoid getting cheated by your moving company, stand up for your rights. If you think your estimate is too high or even too low, say something. If the moving company attempts to add additional charges at the end of the move, (ask about any additional charges before hand) explain to them why such charges are unwarranted. Make sure to keep an eye on what is going on so that you can protect your belongings and yourself.
Don’t cut corners. Although price is always important to consider, it should not be the only determining factor. Penny pinching on packing supplies is a sure way to receive broken or damaged items. Doing the same with a moving company is a good way to end up with unsatisfactory service. Many times it is worthwhile to pay a mover to help with packing to insure things are packed as secure as possible. While it may not be necessary to spend top dollar on moving expenses, you don’t want to spend the lowest dollar, as they say you “you get what you pay for”. Paying slightly more will ease your mind and protect your belongings.
Focus. The main key to the most successful move is to stay focused on the tasks at hand and complete them in the most organized fashion. Keeping lists of things to be done for the move will help you stay focused and calm as you sore through the process.
Enjoy the process. Moving may be stressful- but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it enjoyable. Gather with your friends and family and reminisce in the memories as you pack or have a nice meal when all your dishes are packed. You won’t believe the difference it makes when you stop stressing and focus on the positive.
Get going. Postponing the inevitable will not help you reach your goal. Doing so may actually make it more difficult in the long run. Instead of dreading the work that needs to be done, dive into it head first. Start getting organized as soon as possible so that you can reduce the stress and get the job done in a timely manor.
Invite friends to help. Packing quickly and efficiently is always possible when you get some help from friends and family. But before you do that make a list of what you have to do. From rooms to items themselves to what you want to pack on your own or have a mover do it, make it clear to your friends from the beginning. After this is done assign each friend or group of friends to a specific room or task but be sure to stay close by to offer any assistance or advice. Make sure to list each item that is going into each box to make it easier to unpack later on. Lastly, enjoy the time together with your friends and family to create memories of a positive moving experience.
Keep lists. The greatest way to stay organized during the moving process is to keep lists (multiple lists if needed). Here are some examples that may be helpful during your move:
- The pre-move to-do list: Just a reminder of everything that must get done before the moving truck leaves.
- Upon arrival list: This list will make it easier to get settled in your new home.
- The other list: This is a list of other things to get done either before, after or during your move but can still get things done if something on this list isn’t done. Examples: clothing or furniture donation, a grocery list for the new home.
Pack carefully. The thought of packing carefully has multiple meanings. First, it is important to pack every item with care so that is does not get damaged in its travels. Especially when dealing with fragile, expensive things and that may also have emotional significance. Second, make sure to pack intelligently so that the unpacking experience is just as easy if not easier. This would include labeling boxes correctly and making sure they are not too heavy for you to handle. Lastly, keep items from each room together in boxes and not mix and match rooms for more ease in unpacking.
Stop complaining. You know people are going to ask how things are going with the move; it’s really easy to say it’s stressful, sad or frustrating. But making an effort to smile and respond in a more positive way can make the move that much easier. Instead of telling people how exhausting it is, mention the good things about it, bigger home, smaller home to save money, better schools for the kids.
Throw out the junk. Get rid of any clothing you haven’t worn in the last year or so. Donate furniture, books or have a garage sale. Getting rid of these things will save you money in the end.
BBQ. When the packing is done and you’re ready to go, have yourself a celebratory feast. Invite family, friends and neighbors, break out the paper plates and plastic cups its time for one last great memory in the old home.
The new beginning. Everything that has a beginning has and end. Remember why you started this in the first place and keep focused on the end so you can start your new beginning.