Three Tips on How to Handle Your Move Without Falling Apart

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Did you know that 43 million people in the U.S. move each year? That is more people than the entire population of Canada. Many people are planning a move, and one thing many experts recommend is making a moving checklist for everything you need to do. If you need help formulating a basic list, here is our recommendations for a moving interstate checklist.

1. Get Rid of the Junk

An average interstate move involves 6,900 pounds of belongings, which is, quite frankly, a lot of stuff. Much of this is stuff you won’t honestly need in your new home, so why pay to transport it? Start cleaning and organizing months ahead of time so that you won’t be down to the last minute throwing old dresses into moving boxes because you don’t have the time to go through them. Get rid of easily replaceable, cheap furniture that you were likely to upgrade anyway, and cast a critical eye on anything you own but haven’t used for the past year or two. Plan a garage sale, and use the proceeds to buy a fresh look for your new abode.

2. Figure Out a Moving Company

The earlier you get this out of the way, the less stress you’ll have about it later. This should be high on your moving checklist since it can have an impact on not only how smooth your transition is, but how expensive it is as well. Did you know that moving services typically cost less during the middle of the week, and the middle of the month? If your schedule is flexible, play around with time and see what places offer you the best deals. Make sure any movers you consider are licensed, insured, and have good feedback from previous customers online.

3. The Move Itself

Did you know moving ranks behind only divorce and death for most stressful life event? There are several steps you can take to reduce the stress of the days before and after the actual move. When you are packing up your home, put multiple labels on each box indicating the room it’s intended for. This way, you won’t have to turn boxes over and around just to see where to place them. Pack a suitcase of items you’ll need in the first several days so that you don’t need to go through every box. Make sure your phone is charged!

What would you add to a moving interstate checklist?
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One response to “Three Tips on How to Handle Your Move Without Falling Apart”

  1. if your kid has a favorite toy? dont trust it in the truck, have it with you. our neighbors lost some beloved garfield toy and their kid was still talking about how it got lost 3 years ago. dont add to that feeling of displacement that comes with moving!

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