Tips for Tackling the Big Move

Moving is a hassle, so it’s best to tackle the move with tips in mind so that everything goes according to plan and you save time and effort. Follow these steps to make sure you don’t get any major headaches on moving day!

1. Pack Systematically: There’s no substitute for efficiency, and the most important DIY moving tips are the ones that help make your move a smooth one. Always pack one room at a time, and never leave packed boxes unlabeled. Start your packing about a month before you plan to move; this will give you plenty of time to have everything ready by moving day and separate the “must haves” from the “better off withouts!”

2. Reserve Your Truck Early: Truck rental companies are busy places. While you might be able to reserve your truck a week in advance, there’s nothing to lose by making your reservation 3 or 4 weeks prior to moving day! No matter when you make your reservation, always make sure to contact the rental company the day before you need the truck to make sure that everything is still in order.

3. Give Yourself Extra Time: Moving is a huge pain, and though we would all like to get it over with as quickly as possible, there’s plenty that can go wrong and make the move a little longer than planned. The farther away you are moving, the more extra time you’ll need. Figure out how long your move will ideally take, and add an extra day or two to the time you’ll be taking off. Even if everything goes off without a hitch, you’ll appreciate the extra time you’ll have to unpack and get to know your new surroundings.

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Children and Moving

When it comes time for moving with kids, the stress and anxiety that comes with selling your house, packing up your belongings, and traveling to a new destination can be hard on everyone involved. The most unsettled about the entire process might be the kids, who have built friendships they thought would last forever and are already used to their current school and home routines. As you approach the time when it becomes a must to alert your children of an upcoming move, it is important handle the situation in a delicate manner. You may or may not know how your child is going to handle the news.

It is true; not every child will react in the same way to the notion of relocating. There are some who may cry uncontrollably for days, entering a stage of depression. Then, there are the few who actually embrace the idea of moving and view it as a chance to meet new people and explore a new city. Whomever you are dealing with, it is important to get them involved and have “the talk” as soon as possible. This allows everyone in the family to become on the same page when it comes to the entire moving experience. You also want children to have enough time to get used to the idea. Having only a week to handle the news may cause a serious disruption in their lives.