Summer is the most popular time for moving, and it really isn’t a question why. I mean think about it, no one wants to move in the middle of the freezing cold or on a rainy day. And it’s not just clear skies that make a summer move more of an advantage: the kids are out of school, and the days are significantly longer. But just because it’s easier, doesn’t automatically mean it’s less stressful. Here’s a little guide to help make your move a little less painful than your last one.
Take the Time to Prep
Okay, so first things first, preparation is your best friend. This one goes out to all the procrastinators out there. I see you, and I understand you. No judgments. However, if you want to make your life just a tad bit easier, you’re going to want to get very familiar with prep work. Give yourself all the time you need to create a solid game plan. If you’re planning on moving in a few months time, start building your plan now rather than a few weeks from now. A full month of prepping is ideal, but sometimes life gets in the way. Giving yourself ample time to get ready for the big day makes somewhat unproductive days far less nervewracking. You’re not losing prep time, you’re just pacing yourself!
Make Yourself a Checklist
Mostly, you’re planning out how to tackle the most time-consuming parts of your move. Like packing cramped rooms, and tracking your belongings. This is even more important if you’re hiring a company to come to pick up your belongings. There’s nothing worse than hiring a subpar moving company and opening up boxes to find more than a fair amount of broken possessions.
- Make a checklist. I love checklists. I use them for everything moving related, from homebuying to unpacking boxes in my new space. They make me feel far less stressed and far more organized than I ever could be. What should your checklist consist of? That’s totally up to you, but it’s beneficial to make it more freeform at first, versus structured. For me, I like to have a little checklist of things I’d like to have for my move, as well as a general to-do list.
- Start out the to-do list with broad tasks, getting more specific as moving day gets closer. This way you’re less likely to forget about those important, but conditional tasks as the day approach.
- Once you’ve written out your personal checklist, it’s time to prioritize your tasks. Although you can start with the easy and quick tasks on your list, don’t leave the terribly time-consuming tasks till the last minute. You’ll regret it, I promise.
It’s a Busy Season for a Reason
Remember those benefits of a summer move we spoke about earlier? Everyone else thought of that too. Yes, it might be ideal to move when the weather warms, but a lot of homebuyers had that very same idea. This means that in the summer, a good moving company is in much higher demand. Keep this in mind if you’re not planning on doing much of the heavy lifting yourself. Do your research on reputable moving companies in your area before you even have a moving date. This way, as soon as you know, you can make the call and schedule a moving service. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as hiring a mover who doesn’t show up on time—or at all—and throws your carefully packed boxes into the back of a truck as if they’d be landing on a fluffy cloud.
The Actual Packing Part
Now comes the fun part, packing things you forgot you ever had! I actually love packing. It doesn’t have to be a stressful experience if you come at it with a bit of a—you guessed it—plan. Do you know what isn’t fun? Realizing you have several large rooms to pack up with only a few days you move. How do we avoid this stress, you ask?
- Inventory your home. Sort each room’s items into 3 sections: coming with you, donations, and trash.
- Realistically look at how much time you have to pack up your things.
- If you only have a few hours to spare, pack up smaller delicate items. If you’ve got a whole day, commit your time to several rooms.
- Get enough packing supplies the first time! Don’t waste your time running to and from the store to get last minute packing tape.
- Pack a container with your daily essentials. This might mean everything from contact solutions to a phone charger.
Start early, stay hydrated, and keep calm. Things are bound to get interesting here and there. What can go wrong will go wrong. It’s a law or something. With your trusty checklist and a bit of mental preparation, you can make your moving day as close to stress-free as humanly possible.