When you consider all of the work involved in the process of moving from one home to another, and from one city to another, the process can seem rather daunting. However, this process can actually be quite simple (although tedious) when it is meticulously organized. This article is meant to ease your moving worries by providing you with four simple steps you can follow that will make your move an easier one.
1. Research everything you can about your new city.
To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, you need to learn about: your new neighborhood, the fun things to do in the area, local restaurants and attractions, and the unique places and things your new city is specifically known for. Have fun exploring these elements and you will look forward to the move even more. Doing your due diligence in finding out about your new home city will put your mind at ease about what to expect.
2. Create a checklist.
Creating a checklist serves two purposes: one, it ensures that you will accomplish everything you need to accomplish for your move because it is all written down and accounted for; two, it eliminates the worry of not knowing whether or not you have indeed done everything you need to do prior to your cross-country move. You can create a mover checklist to help you determine the right cross country mover for you, a checklist for moving with children (think: pre and post move school and medical information), a utility checklist for your pre and post moves, and a checklist for moving with pets. This New York Times article even lays out a To Do list for one month, two weeks, one week, and one day prior to your move date so that you can seamlessly move through your To Do list. These lists are meant to ensure that all your bases are covered in a timely manner.
3. Pro Tip: Declutter and organize to save on your move!
Most of us have too many things that we do not use on a daily or even monthly basis that are just laying around our homes. Moving can be rather expensive because it is dependent on the amount of things you have to move. A pro tip to saving money on your move and also cleaning your new home is to declutter and organize your items 6-8 weeks prior to the move. Giving yourself 6-8 weeks to pack eliminates the stress of last minute packing and ensures that you will not be moving with items you do not really need. North American Van lines specializes in cross-country moves; the company can physically move your belongings, quote reasonable prices depending on the amount of items you are moving and their website also provides useful resources for your cross-country move. After you have de-cluttered and organized your belongings, you can call them for a quote on your move.
4. Talk with Your Children.
If you have children, it is very important to share the appropriate things you have found out about your new home as soon as you can. Prepare them by telling them what school(s) they will be attending and the recreational activities that they will be able to try. Although having this conversation can be difficult, in the long run it will prevent them from being in a state of shock or panic if this is discussed at the last minute.
5. Pro Tip – Save Money: Ship Stuff.
The On Tap blog also provides you with 6 ways to save money on your move. You do not need to pack all of your items; sometimes it can be cost-effective for you to ship items to your new home rather than pay the cost of moving with all of your items.
Hopefully these 5 tips have already begun to set your mind at ease and you are now looking forward to your move rather than dreading it. Have fun with your move and look forward to your new adventure knowing that it is all under control now.