Preparing for a Stressful Move: 6 Tips for Making it Go as Smoothly as Possible

It’s a well-known fact that moving is a stressful endeavor, so it’s no wonder that Americans are relocating less.  

What statistics don’t tell you is that there are several ways to make moving more manageable. Over the years, people have come up with some pretty handy ways to take the strain out of relocation. 

Here are some of the best.

1. Make Lists

Love them or hate them, lists make your life easier whenever you’re planning a big relocation. By definition, planning eliminates the last-minute panic that comes from overlooking vital elements of your move.

As soon as you’ve made up your mind to relocate, grab a pen and notebook, and start making lists. 

Use a timeline, a week-by-week moving checklist, of all you need to accomplish between now and your move day. A detailed checklist will help keep you on track and help you avoid missing anything important.

Make sure your lists include everything from buying your packing supplies to filling out your change of address paperwork.

2. Prepare the Kids

If you’re moving with children, tell them about the move as soon as you can. Getting them involved in the planning can help them to cope better. Apply for new schools as soon as possible. 

3. De-Clutter Early

Moving is an excellent time to get rid of unwanted items. Get an early start so that you don’t end up with a load of unwanted goods and nowhere to take them.

You may have items that your movers are not allowed to transport, like open tins of paint, pesticides, or household chemicals. Dispose of these hazardous household items early to avoid last-minute panic.

To ease the sting of breaking your hoarding habit, donate your unwanted items to charity. 

4. Pack Wisely

When you have time on your hands, packing is a breeze. Pack room by room and clearly label every box on each side. Include a list of contents on each box. 

You’ll be glad you paid attention to these details when you arrive at your new home.

Ask your moving company to place each box in the relevant room when they unload the truck. 

5. Avoid First-Night Panic

Keep one box aside for the last few items that you need to keep using right up until the last minute on moving day. It’s bound to be the first box you’ll need upon arrival at your new home.

Pack a survival kit for your first night. This should include a change of clothing, toiletries, some snacks, and water. If you’re moving with pets, don’t forget to include their bowls, leashes, and a meal for their first evening. 

6. Choose Reputable Movers

Your choice of movers will make or break your mood on moving day. 

Do your research beforehand. You want to hire a well-established, accredited firm with a proven track record. Look up reviews and ask friends and family for recommendations too. 

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Our expert movers can guarantee you less stress moving, get in touch, and let’s start planning the next step together. 

Remember to Change Your Address at These Important Spots

Remember to Change Your Address at These Important Spots

Every single year, the U.S Postal Services has to handle millions of items that were returned. Most of which will never find their intended recipients. 

Making sure you remember to update your address is an often overlooked aspect of moving. That’s why we put together a list of the most important places and organizations you need to change your address.

Required Updates

There are some places for which changing your address is legally required.

For instance, you’ll need to replace your driver’s license with that of your new state’s (if you’re moving out of state, of course). 

You’re responsible for notifying companies that send you bills through the mail. Bills won’t just disappear even if you don’t live there anymore. You’ll be held liable for legal notices, bills, or anything important that you miss.

IRS and State Tax Agencies

You’ll also need to update your address with the IRS and any state tax agencies in which you reside. You can find info on how to go about this on their websites.

Even though many people pay their taxes online and receive refunds through direct deposits, you’re still required to notify them of the change. Again, you’ll be responsible for any correspondence that you miss.

Social Security Administration

Another important agency to notify is the Social Security Administration. Many people move when they retire and if you’re receiving social security benefits, you’ll definitely want to make certain they know your new whereabouts.

This also applies to Medicare/Medicaid recipients as well as veterans and the VA.

Banks and Credit Cards

Be sure to let your bank know you’re moving as well. You won’t want to miss any incoming mail from them, nor allow the new occupants access to your financial information. You can usually do this on the bank’s website or a simple phone call.

Credit cards are equally as important to update, especially if you pay your bills through the mail.

TSA Precheck, Global Entry, and Related Programs

If you’re apart of programs such as TSA Precheck or Global Entry, these are important ones to update if you’re traveling anytime soon. Because these programs serve to reduce security risks, you’ll want to let them know ahead of time so there are no discrepancies at the border or security line.

Subscriptions and E-Commerce

If you receive subscription services such as magazines or newspapers, you should call them up or use their websites and notify them of the change. Although the new occupants may appreciate some free reading.

But online shopping sites such as Amazon should be updated too. Obviously, you don’t want your orders showing up on your old doorstep. 

Don’t Put it off Until the Last Minute

Moving is a stressful event and planning ahead is a crucial part of keeping anxiety to a minimum. Once you know where and when you’ll be moving, be sure to notify all the necessary agencies and organizations of your new whereabouts.

And if you need a reliable moving company to help you on your move, we’re the ones to call. Contact us for a free move quote today!

New in Town? 5 Tips to Help You Get Adjusted to a New Neighborhood

No matter how well you plan your move and how effortlessly you pull it off, moving to a new city or town is fraught with uncertainties.

Whether you’re starting a new career in a new town, or you’ve undergone a work transfer, it’s difficult to take things in your stride when you’re new in town.

Here are our best tips for settling in as soon as possible. 

1. First Steps When You’re New in Town

Before you even think about adjusting emotionally and socially, there are a few housekeeping items you should get out of the way first.

As soon as you can, take a drive around your neighborhood, to make sure you know where the following things are:

  • emergency medical care
  • grocery stores
  • a pharmacy
  • gas station

While you’re at it, update your address book with important numbers. For example, you’ll want contact details for a plumber, an electrician, and other key contractors.

The Better Business Bureau is an excellent spot to find reviews on reputable local businesses. 

2. Say Yes to Social Interactions

No matter how awkward you feel at first, don’t turn down invitations from co-workers and neighbors. How else are you going to make new friends?

When you do get out, be approachable and talk to as many people as you can. Your new best friend could be right under your nose.

3. Give Yourself Time

It’s normal to feel totally out of your depth in new surroundings. Don’t fret if you get lost umpteen times and can never seem to find the fastest bus route. 

There is no way you can plan ahead for every eventuality. You’ll find a jogging route you love, a welcoming coffee shop, and the best take out options over time.

Some people adjust to life in a new place almost immediately; others take years. Be kind to yourself; you’ll get there.

4. Get Involved

Keep tabs on community notice boards, Facebook pages, and attend local events. 

Not only will you get to meet more local people, but they’ll also perceive you as the kind of person who’s interested and involved in their surroundings. Supporting local initiatives is the fastest way to immerse yourself in a community. 

If you’re moving with children, school activities are an excellent ice-breaker for meeting other parents in the community. 

5. Be Positive

Accept that you’re bound to feel overwhelmingly homesick at first. Remember, you moved for a good reason. Focus on the positive aspects of moving to a new city. 

Make a point of seeking out the things you love, meet new people, and feel more at home. Look for clubs that center around your interests, join the local gym, and attend hobby fairs.

It’s easier to feel more comfortable when you’re taking part in familiar activities. You’re also more likely to bump into someone with similar interests. 

Keep Moving

Take it one day at a time, and before too long you’ll be the one offering help and advice to someone else who’s new in town.

Keep reading our blog for more helpful tips on everything related to relocation and get in touch for help with your next big move.