Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re moving to another state. But if you prepare for it, moving day will be a breeze, and your new home will feel like home in no time at all. Here are some ideas to get you moving.
Allow Time to move
Try to give yourself eight to ten weeks to hire movers and prepare for the move. If you don’t have that kind of time, don’t worry. Just use the time you do have wisely. Each evening, work on several tasks. Keep a checklist so that you know that you’re making progress.
Change Your Address
Take care of business, such as changing your address. You can do this online. Also, let friends and family know about your move and forward them your new address.
If the move is out of state, contact the Motor Vehicle Bureau near your new home. In many cases, you can transfer your license easily. Some states, however, require a written and/or driving test. If that’s the case, try to make the appointments before the move.
See the Doctor
Everyone in the family, including pets, should have a check-up before the big move. That way, when you move to your new home, you’ll have some time before you need to see the doctor. Ask each provider if he or she can refer someone in your new state.
Clear the Clutter
Get rid of the clothing you’ll never wear, the dishes that you detest, and the paintings that never matched your decor. Now is the perfect time to have a tag sale. You may even make a little money, which can be used toward the move. If a tag sale is out of the question, donate these items. Whatever you do, don’t move them to your new home. The whole idea is to lighten your load.
Pack a few boxes that will be opened as soon as you reach your destination. In these boxes, pack items that you’ll need right away, such as towels, sheets, paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet paper, napkins, soap and cleaning supplies. Then, consider whether or not you have time to pack the rest yourself, or if you need a quote for packing services.
Keep it Together
Moving can be stressful for everyone, especially children. Keep the lines of communication open. Set aside time for everyone in the family to take about the move.
For more tips, check out our moving checklist!
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