Move-in day is so exciting, but shouldn't be as stressful as people make it out to be. A little preparation can go a long way toward making moving more uplifting.
Here are 5 things you can do leading up to your move to make for less stress on moving day.
Consider Your Move Date
There actually is a peak moving season, which typically falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day. With that being said, moving is best done during the off-season for the most options and the best prices. Given that the first and last weeks of the month can be especially popular as well, a mid-week, mid-month move during October through April is recommended! Plus, you’ll save money by scheduling during a slower time of the year.
Have a Packing Plan
Less stuff equals less stress when it comes to packing. Prefer putting anything in boxes, first, take stock of what you want to bring with you.
This approach will help keep you sane and helps you plan—knowing exactly what you’ll be moving is key for deciding what kind of moving company you’ll need.
Do Your Research
Options can be overwhelming, but having the right information will make you feel confident that you’re hiring the right team for your move. When it comes to moving companies, they generally fall into 3 major categories: full-service, self-service, and specialized. How much you have to move, what kind of items you’re moving, and your budget will determine which category of moving company makes the most sense.
A full-service moving company essentially handles every part of the move, from packing to transporting to unloading at your final destination.
A self-service company generally handles only the transportation part of the move (meaning that packing, unpacking, loading, and unloading the truck are up to you).
Specialized moving companies are trained in proper techniques for moving unique items like antiques, art, appliances, or pianos.
Once you have an idea of the type of moving company you’ll need, make sure you get a quote from properly licensed and insured professional movers to pick your best option!
Expenses can add up quickly when you’re moving (especially if it's long-distance), so keeping track of your budget is an important step in your pre-move plan. Your moving quote will be a powerful tool to help you budget.
There are a few different types of estimates you can receive, but the most popular type is called a "binding not-to-exceed" or "guaranteed not-to-exceed estimate." This type of estimate ensures that the most you’ll pay is the quoted price, but you’ll pay less if the actual weight of your belongings is less than the estimated weight. Once you have an idea of what you’ll pay for your moving service, remember to additionally budget for tipping your movers.
Think About Moving Insurance
After everything is packed, the last thing you'll need to worry about are your belongings being damaged on their way to your destination. Moving insurance can give you peace of mind. You can ask the moving companies giving you quotes, what expanded coverage they may offer, or, if your items are particularly valuable, you may want to consider carrying your own third-party moving insurance policy as well.
Ready to get moving? We hope these tips are able to help you get on the right track and that you'll soon be on your way to planning a happier move.