Plan Ahead for a Stress-Free Move

by Guest Author on April 1, 2013


We all know moving is a stressful time. The process is filled with high emotions and tough decisions. And relocating is usually accompanied by a mile-long to-do list.

All of this combines for a hectic, not enjoyable, want-to-pull-my-hair out couple of weeks. It may seem impossible, but there are ways to make the process less stressful.

One of the biggest gripes about moving is the expense. Find ways to cut costs, plan ahead, and make the process as simple as possible. Here’s how.

Purge As Much as Possible

The less stuff you take with you, the less hassle the move. Plus, fewer belongings equates to fewer dollars spent!

Set up a staging area in your garage. That way, you are already getting the stuff out of the house and one step closer to its final destination. Make various piles – throw out, recycle, donate and sell.

The general rule of thumb is – if you haven’t used it in the last year, you don’t need it.

Consider Your Options

Is your moving date carved in stone? If not, try to be flexible. The busiest time for moving companies is summer weekends near the 15th and 30th of the month. Ask what the rates would be for different days (or even seasons). See if, for example, a weekday move could save you some money.

Be Mindful of your Packing Materials

Before going on a hunt for packing supplies, take advantage of what you have. Fill suitcases, laundry baskets, and plastic containers with your belongings. Use things like blankets, scarves, clothing, and towels to wrap fragile items.

In a perfect world, you will be able to find someone who has recently moved. Ask to take the discarded boxes off their hands. This is good for their unpacking process, your budget, and the environment. Ask your real estate agent to connect you with other clients who have recently relocated.

If you can’t find anyone to gift you their boxes, ask local retail stores for their discarded supplies. Also, you might be able to find boxes on Craigslist.

If worst comes to worst, you might have to buy some boxes. Buying new (from a retailer or the moving company) will be expensive. A DIY moving company – like U-Haul – might have a cheaper alternative. Also, you could ask the moving company for used boxes.

Mail Your Books

Are you a book worm? Do you have the equivalent of a library in your home? Those books could be an expensive moving nightmare.

Talk to a local postal worker. Ask about their media mail rate. It could be cheaper to ship your books. A 70-pound box of books will costs $30 or less.

Check With Your Insurance Company

Will your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy cover your possessions while moving? If not, ask if there is a temporary insurance solution for your move. If you are using a moving company, inquire after their insurance rates.

Save a Parking Spot

Is street parking in high demand at your new home? Sometimes, parking spots are at a premium in urban areas. If this is the case, you might want to save a few spots in front of your new home. Go to your new house the day before the move. Park a few cars in the street to hold a place for the moving truck (or any other cars full of people assisting you).

Take the time to think through your move. This will make the entire process less stressful – and dare I say enjoyable?!

About the Author: Guest author Megan Renshaw recently went through a very difficult move. After everything was all said and done, Megan learned her excessive stress levels had caused hair loss! The doctor told her it was a reversible case of telogen effluvium hair loss (learn more here), but the diagnosis still scared her half to death! Now, she is trying to help as many people as possible plan a stress-free and hair healthy move!

Thinking of moving? Talk to your real estate agent for their tips as well.  They’ve seen it a bunch of times, so using your real estate agent might be a very helpful resource.  Don’t have a real estate agent? No problem, find a great agent by interviewing them anonymously here.


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