Moving can mean a lot of things. For some, it can be a symbol of independence or freedom while to others, it can represent success, new beginnings and moving forward. There are so many reasons why moving can be extremely exciting for anyone. However, it cannot be denied that the exhilaration it brings is at par with the hassle, stress, and work that it involves. Here are some ways you can keep the excitement and fun while preparing for a long distance move.
The New York Times details how moving takes a lot of energy mentally and physically, and while this can be exhausting for anyone, the stress and difficulty grow tenfold when you are moving to a far-off place. Fortunately, with the right tips and tricks, moving doesn’t have to be such a taxing ordeal. Therefore, having a set plan can ease the moving stress by a lot.
Plan it ahead
In any endeavor, may it be a business project or a simple house party, plans can go a long way in ensuring success. This also applies to moving, especially if we’re talking long distance. In crafting your plan, give yourself ample time to pack everything and include a list of your valuables and important documents so you won’t forget them.
It also pays to have a schedule for every room you’ll do the packing in so your things are boxed in order. This can be of great help to you in setting up your new home.
A lot of the hassle that comes with preparing for a move stems from the mountain of things you have to sort and pack. Since preparing for a move already means going through all of your stuff, take this opportunity to declutter. Pick out the things that you see yourself using in your new home, and donate or throw things that you think will just be stored away.
This will not only make packing easier, but the Medium also explains that it can reduce the cost of hiring movers, especially since long distance movers charge based on both the weight of what you’re moving and the distance that you’re traveling.
Hire long distance movers
That being said, don’t forgo hiring movers—especially if you’re traveling long distance. Movers can be of great help in managing your things and making sure everything arrives at their destination while also ensuring you and your family’s safety.
Very Well Health notes that people often suffer from back strain after moving—an injury often stemming from improper lifting of heavy objects. By leaving the task to professionals, you can save yourself from spending too much mental and physical energy.
Manage your finances
A long distance move costs a lot, and it is easy to find unexpected expenses piling up. Despite how easy it is to lose money through buying a home and moving, 99% of Americans don’t use a financial advisor due to concerns over unnecessary expenditure. This is despite the fact that buying a home can take up a lot of energy and time that can be taken off a homeowner’s hands.
Not only will a financial planner help you buy the home you want, they can help you move in a cost effective manner. All of which will offset the price of hiring a financial expert. The good news is that more people are turning to professionals with statistics published on Maryville University illustrating how jobs for financial planners will grow by 30% by 2024.
Since moving long distance is definitely a big decision, it pays to have your finances planned ahead of time. Even without a planner consider getting quotes from multiple movers so you can compare them and get the best deal. Also, make sure you decide on a set schedule to help you book your long distance movers ahead of time.
It’s also important to stock up on packing essentials such as boxes, bubble wrap, and tape, as these can help reduce costs. Regardless of how you go about it, you need to budget properly and take everything into account, making sure to leave some wiggle room in your finances for unforeseen circumstances. And don’t be afraid to get help.
Allot time for goodbyes
Multiple studies have already proven how moving can be one of the most stressful events in one’s life. Although it’s not likely to completely eliminate all the stress, give yourself time to say your goodbyes. Not only to your friends and neighbors but also to the house you’ll be leaving and the things you’ll be leaving behind.
Psychology Today agrees that moving is more than just a change of environment, but also a change in lifestyle, routine and many more others that can leave you stressed and emotional. Moving can be especially stressful for kids who may not have the words to talk about how they’re feeling. Comfort objects, like a teddy bear, favorite blanket, etc, can help. Therefore, whatever you can do to help condition yourself for the change can be helpful. By giving yourself time to say goodbye, you’re setting yourself up for the exciting journey ahead.
Specially written By Clara Quinn
Edited by AllAroundMoving.com
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