It’s no secret that moving can be extremely stressful. Often times the added stress takes away from the excitement that you have about moving into your new home. The very home that made you smile and say “THIS IS THE ONE”. Don’t worry, we’re here to help avert a moving day crisis. With these simple tips and tricks, your moving experience will be a breeze.
1. Enlist Help Early
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve moved in the past 8 years and this has been my biggest moving day downfall. Be sure to enlist moving help early on. The more notice the better. Give your friends and family ample time to schedule off work. If you don’t, you might be stuck calling a moving company. Also, take great care of your helpers throughout the process. Snacks, pizza, and water are a must.
This has changed the way that we move, forever. When my wife and I moved to Savannah we worked off of a number system. Number each box at the top right corner on each side. While packing, take an inventory of each box and write it in a notebook. For example, boxes 1-5 were the kitchen items. In box 1, we had our plates, silverware, etc. If it takes you a few days to unpack, this helps you know where certain items are if you need to hunt them down in a hurry. Hang a sheet of paper on the front door with the number breakdown so that your help knows where to take each box. It’s also nice to pack completely before your help arrives. That way they don’t have to stand around. Talk about a motivation killer.
Moving can be a strain on your body. Be sure to prepare physically for the work ahead. Drink plenty of water and eat a carb rich diet a few days before “D-Day”. This gives your body the energy boost needed to move Grandma’s 200 pound Buffet Table.
4. Down-Size Before Moving
Do you really need that shirt you haven’t looked at in a year? How about that George Foreman that you’ve never used? Why bring them along to the new place? Have a yard sale before you move. This will save you money and make you money at the same time. Save money on boxes, earn money on items that you don’t use/need. It may even pay for the pizza for your moving day help. Help out a local charity by arranging pick up and donating whatever is left over.
5. Have A Barbecue
You know all of that meat in your freezer? It’s not going to do you any good if it spoils in the back of a moving truck. Why not have a Barbecue a few weeks before moving? It can be a great recruiting event for moving day help. Two birds, one stone my friends. You can even use your left over paper plates, cups and plastic silverware leading up to and after the move.
6. Hire A Sitter
Moving day is no fun with the kiddos running around. Nothing is worse than a temper tantrum because the toy that they want is in the back of the truck. Not to mention, change can be scary for the little ones. Best to hire a sitter or ask Grandma and Grandpa for a favor. I’m sure they would love the extra play time anyway.
7. Save Cable Installation For Another Day
You might have to miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, but this tip will keep you from tripping over cable wires while carrying in the sofa. Not to mention, leaving a stranger unattended with all of your belongings while you make another trip is risky.
8. Have Fun
You just moved into your dream home. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember that you saved and searched for far too long to be stressed now. Look forward to being completely unpacked. The feeling that you get when your new home starts to look like home is amazing. Cherish it.
Author:Randy Bocook Phone: 336-455-2128 Dated: March 8th 2017 Views: 299 About Randy: 50 Edsel Drive, Richmond Hill, GA...
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