There are many reasons we find the need to relocate. Some people move for work reasons, while others relocate on personal grounds which could vary wildly, really:
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School is another common reason, as are factors beyond our control. For example, high costs of living in our current city/state, loss of a job, moving to a state with a better business environment such as lower taxes, and so on and so forth.
Whatever your motive, one thing’s not lost on anyone: moving can be a stressful affair. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it less so, with two particularly worth mentioning.
One, you can decide to hire full-service movers to handle every single aspect of the move on your behalf – from planning and organizing the move, to arranging your items (and cleaning) on the other side when all is said and done.
Second, if for one reason or another you decide to partly DIY your move, it’s important that you come up with a solid plan that lets you stay on top of the move from start to finish – that means planning the move at least 3 months in advance, with a detailed checklist that does not overlook anything.
That said, here are 5 organizational tips that can help make your move in 2021 a breeze.
We want to assume that you’ve already decided on your destination city at this point.
If not, you might want to research into it, looking at key factors like the job market, career opportunities, cost of living, local laws and regulations, housing options, the social practices in your new community, etc.
It’s always advisable to start planning your move way ahead of time instead of waiting until the last month or two. Some moves need a few months’ pre-preparation while others even up to a year, depending on your destination (relocation distance) and the scope of your move (if you have family, for instance).
Unless you have a truck or van that you plan to drive yourself, you’ll need a way to shift your belongings from your current place to your new aboard.
Moving companies are one of the best alternatives there is – the best if you can afford it. Otherwise, truck rental is always an option.
Good thing is, if you plan to cut down on your moving costs, you don’t need a full-service mover’s option. You can either a). hire labor-only services to help with say, packing or loading or b). hire the mover’s truck for transportation.
Whichever one of the four of these options you decide to take (DIY, truck rental, moving company full-service, or moving company partial service) it’s important that you make the decision months before the move so you’re better placed to start fleshing out your move.
This also makes it easier to work out the moving costs and start budgeting in advance – a key aspect of any move that should help minimize the pressure.
If there’s one favor you can do yourself when moving, it is to properly structure your move and start planning for it early.
You can use an online moving planner tool or alternatively, create a binder or folder where you can keep your moving checklist, packing lists, receipts, booking information, confirmation numbers, and any other info pertaining to the move.
The more stuff you have, the more complicated and expensive your move will be. Every move always presents us with an opportunity to start afresh, and there’s nothing that spells clean slate – in a literal sense – than purging our old stuff.
Items we no longer need, items that no longer serve us, old items, or bulky items like furniture that only serve to add to the cost of moving and can be sold and purchased anew once we get to the new place – decluttering your home before a move will feel lighter on both your wallet and from a psychological perspective.
Moving on weekends and end/start of the month is pricier and more chaotic since these are peak moving times when everyone else is moving.
Therefore, if you’re flexible enough, moving on weekdays (ideally Monday to Thursday) and middle of the month (versus the last and first weekends) is going to be cheaper as moving company and truck rental rates are lower.
It will be less stressful for you too.
And there you have it. Happy moving!