10 Best Tips for Relocating
Relocating can often be a stressful time for people. From packing, to paperwork, to planning and organization, and lots of money… It’s no wonder people panic when it’s time to move. To help you with a smooth transition and avoid any potential panic attacks, be sure to follow our ten best tips for relocating:
1. Tackle One Room at a Time
Packing up a whole house can seem overwhelming, but when you break it down into smaller sections, it doesn’t seem as bad. Tackle one room at a time, and give yourself a deadline to get it packed by. Having a goal time in mind will help you be efficient and on track.
2. De-Junk As You Go
Did you rediscover some old clothing, unused decorations, or broken appliances you no longer need? Then make a donation pile as you tackle each room. Offer your unwanted items to your friends and family first, or donate them to a local donation center (many charitable centers will even come pick up your items). If anything, you can always place your stuff on the curb with a “Free” sign. (You’d be surprised at how many people will take things off your hands with this method.) No matter how you choose to do it– fewer items means you will have more room in the truck, and less items to fill your new place with.
3. Involve Friends/ Family
What are friends for anyways? If you have friends, family, or neighbors in the area, petition them for help. The worst they could respond with is, “No.” Often times, people are more than happy to help out, even if it is for just an hour. After all, many hands make light work!
4. Collect Boxes Early On
As soon as you know that you’ll be moving, you should start collecting boxes. Many might not assume that boxes cost a lot, but if you have a bunch of things to pack in them, it can sure add up quickly. To save money, check your local classifieds or Craigslist to see if anyone is donating some boxes, ask your friends on social media, or visit stores that may be getting rid of theirs. (Liquor stores carry very sturdy boxes!)
5. Wrap Breakables with Household Items
Not too many people have bubble wrap on hand, but many have towels and linens! If you want to protect any fragile goods from breaking, try wrapping them in your household towels, blankets, clothing, and other linens. Newspaper can also be used.
6. Label All the Things
Nothing is more frustrating than arriving at your new home and not being able to find your stuff. This can easily be avoided if you properly label not only what’s inside each box, but also specify the room it should go in.
7. Use Paper Goods
Hesitant of packing away your kitchen? Don’t be! Just have a good stash of paper products on hand for the last couple of days in your home so you dont have to worry about washing dishes and packing last minute. It may be wise to eat leftovers to help clear out your refrigerator/freezer as well.
8. Use Social Media
When it comes time to move, remember to use social media to your advantage to learn about the new area. There are literally thousands of groups on Facebook and other sites that share information about upcoming activities, events, and recreation for you to enjoy and immerse yourself in. Don’t be afraid to post questions in those groups. Besides, who would know the area better than those who live there?
9. Talk to Potential Neighbors
If there’s an area you’re considering moving to, try visiting it in person and talking to local neighbors. Residents can be a great resource for you and your family’s needs.
If there’s one thing you should know about relocating, it’s that nothing ever goes as planned. Ever. There will be hiccups along the way, it’s going to be chaotic at times, and it most definitely won’t be perfect. Learn to laugh at those things, and relax. Take comfort in knowing that the stress of relocating won’t last forever. Besides, it’s easier to laugh than get angry.
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