Making Moving Less Stressful: A Checklist of 7 Helpful Tips

Making Moving Less Stressful

The key to making moving less stressful is preparation. If you take the time to organize and prioritize every step of the process, you will master and may even enjoy what many consider dreadful and frustrating. Take short breaks and treat yourself after you successfully complete each item on the list. Before you know it, you will be happy and content in your new home after the move.

Making Moving Less Stressful

Here are several things you can do to take the edge of the process of moving and relocating to another city.

1. Get Quotes for Moving Expenses

Whether you decide to hire a moving company or want to save money by renting a truck and doing everything yourself, thoroughly check out your options. Depending on where you live, you will likely have access to several choices when it comes to making a selection.

Your best bet for access to multiple listings when it comes to moving companies and truck rentals is to look in your local Yellow Pages phonebook. The listings will provide you with resources for the area where you live, so you will know that the companies that advertise are available to provide services in your region.

The process of choosing a moving company or truck rental service center should include making sure that whomever you go with is reputable, licensed and bonded. Each company ideally should have this information included within their Yellow Pages advertisement as well as on their website where they further promote their services.

2. Pick Up Moving Boxes and Supplies

Moving companies are not your only source of packing supplies and boxes. Local retail and discount chain stores are a great source for picking up free boxes. Most of these types of establishments generally toss empty boxes out in the trash after they unpack shipments of goods following delivery and receipt of merchandise. Saving money on moving costs through free boxes goes a long way to help make moving less stressful.

If your local businesses are in short supply of sturdy boxes, then consider purchasing moving materials at office supply stores such as Staples or Office Depot. Your local UPS store and Home Depot as well as Lowe’s are all possible places to pick up packing materials to help you get ready for your move.

3. Declutter with Tag Sales and Donations

A great way to help make moving less stressful while saving money on moving costs is to declutter and get rid of unwanted items. This can include throwing out junk that is no longer usable as well as donating items to local charitable organizations and having a tag sale. If you do not live near a branch of The Salvation Army or Good Will Industries International, many churches appreciate donations of items from those within the community to help them raise money to benefit others and those less fortunate.

4. Notify Service Providers of Your Move

Write up a list of the service providers that you will need to contact to notify them of your upcoming move. This includes getting in touch with those companies that keep you connected for your Home Phone, Internet, TV, and Mobile Phone services. Make sure to also contact the utility company that provides your electricity. If your source of heat is oil, natural gas or propane, add them to your list of those you need to notify.

5. Complete a Change of Address Form

Moving to a new home requires the completion of a change of address form. You can do this online at the USPS website or visit your local Post Office for this step. You can also fill out this form right here on Digital Landing. This form will automatically forward your mail to your new address. Be sure to update everyone of your new mailing address. Notify credit card companies of your move and update your address to make sure you continue to receive your favorite magazines, newspapers, book club announcements, etc.

6. Make Reservations for Hotels and Flights

If your move is not local and you will be making a cross country trip and relocating across several state lines, then you will need to make reservations for overnight hotel stays. For those that have dogs or cats, check to make sure that the establishment is pet-friendly and will accommodate your furry friends. If you decide to take a flight and have your vehicles shipped instead of driving, look for great deals when purchasing your tickets. Several airline companies offer travelers the option to keep their pets with them during the trip.

7. Get Connected After the Move

Preparation for moving includes knowing what you will need to take care of once you relocate to your new home. Items at the top of your list should include making sure that all your primary utilities for electricity, heat, and phone service are in place to be turned on and connected before you arrive. If your mobile phone carrier offers service in your new location, you will only need to notify them of your new address.

For your home connections and entertainment services such as Digital or Cable TV, and Internet, most providers require that customers be at home during installation and initial set up. You may need to wait until after you move to have these services started. Digital Landing can help you find new providers to get you connected after your move to your new home. Be sure to also check out our site for great deals and promotional savings

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