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Steps to a Stress-Free Move — Even on a Tight Timeline

You find out you have to move, and your timeline is pretty tight. Planning, packing, and moving can take so much time, and not having a lot of time can get stressful. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a stress-free move even though you don't have a lot of time on your hands. 

1. Contact a Moving Company ASAP

Because some residential moving companies are pretty busy with service requests, you will want to schedule a moving company as soon as possible. As soon as you know you will need help, go ahead and reach out to the company you choose to get a quote and schedule your services. Having this out of the way gives you peace of mind knowing you have the arrangements made and a date to work toward on the calendar. 

2. Pack Now, Sort Later

If you are extremely short on time, focus your attention more on packing than sorting. Usually, it is a good idea to sort your belongings as you go. However, if you are working on a strict timeline, you can simply pack and sort when you unpack. 

3. Take Care of Utility Transfers

Transferring your utilities is one of the most important things to do during a move, and there’s nothing quite as stressful as arriving at a new place and having to make do without water, power, heat, or otherwise. So make sure everything is good to go; contact the utility companies as soon as you know you have to move to get everything set up.

Keep in mind; some companies need advance notice to get your services transferred or turned on. The general recommendation is to plan for utilities to be shut off the day after your move at your current address and new services at the new address turned on the day you plan to move in. 

4. Pencil in Time for a Night Off

Even if it means you have to work a little harder one day to make it happen, try to pencil in a night off to rest and revive. You can get so caught up in packing and planning that you add a lot of stress to yourself. Taking a breather for just a few hours can help you find renewed motivation and destress. Plan a movie night and pizza with the family, a brief outing to a local attraction for yourself, or something to pull you out of the stress of the move to get a break. 

5. Enlist the Help of the Household

Get everyone in your home on board with packing and preparing. Assign certain rooms to each person. Even children can be tasked with packing up their own belongings in their bedroom, for example. By designating each household member with tasks, you can work together, room by room, to get everything prepared and ready. If you are moving with children, create a checklist to keep handy to ensure you don't forget anything important during the transition. 

Ready to Get Moving?

Moving will always involve a certain level of stress, but taking critical steps in the process can truly lighten the load. So if you are getting prepared for a residential move, even if you don't have a lot of time on your hands, reach out to us to get a free moving quote today. We're here to help!