I’ve moved so many times in my life, I’ve become somewhat of an expert. It can be pretty stressful having to put all of your belongings into boxes and then carting them across your city, country or even further abroad. Whether you’re moving for work, for love, or to head off to college, here are three of my top tips for moving house to make things go as smoothly as possible.
1. Hire Professionals
I personally think if you can afford to, hiring moving professionals is hands down the best way to handle a move. There are a variety of different moving companies that offer varying levels of moving assistance. Depending on where you currently live, you should be able to find a company that will include both the packing up of your possessions and the physical moving of them. This is a great option if you’re short on time, trying to manage the move of a whole family, or moving for work as they’re likely able to make some budget for this expense. While it is obviously possible to do this yourself, hiring a professional allows you to focus on the other aspects of your move while knowing your things will arrive safely to your new home. Check out Orange County | Moving Services | Bekins Moving Services for more information on moving services.
2. Plan for Pets
If you’re planning to move with pets this can add an extra element of stress and planning to your move. If you’re traveling a long distance by car, it can be worth talking to your vet about how they think it is best to transport your pets and whether they would do well with the drive. Sometimes it’s better to fly with them to reduce the distance, or if you are driving you might have to plan in plenty of stops so they can go to the bathroom and rest. Make sure they have lots of treats to deal with the stress of being in a new environment, such as the popular Wonder Chews puppy rawhide treats.
3. Test the Waters
It can be tempting to go all in when you move and sell everything in order to start a new life somewhere new. The truth is, unless you have a lot of experience living in the new place it might be better to test the waters out before really committing. If you own a home in your previous town, it might be worth renting it rather than selling it so that you have the option to come back in a year if things don’t work out as you imagine in the new city. Obviously a move is a big investment in terms of time, energy, opportunities and money so you want it to work out but I think it’s smart to have the opportunity to move back home if you want to. Testing the waters allows you to trial out the new city and to see if it’s really for you.
Whether you’re planning to move now or in the future, I hope these three tips help you with your upcoming move.