Moving is one of the most stressful things you’ll experience as an adult. Even if you move often -it doesn’t necessarily get easier. There are several things you can do to lessen the stress on you and your family should you be looking at a move in the near future.  Let’s talk about some ways to make your next move a little easier. It’ll take some prep work but will hopefully take your stress level down a few notches.

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Deep Clean

For those who have sold their house, leaving it in the most presentable way is a must. This means paying for a professional cleaning company to come and do a deep clean. Typically cleaning companies will have a house-move option, which will be a much bigger clean than a regular one—leaving the home spotless for the new movers. 

Rental properties usually have a stipulation in the contract that they should be cleaned before the keys are handed in. You can avoid any charges and fines by making sure that this is taken care of. Before you leave, take pictures of the place, and save the invoice from the cleaners – just so you have proof. 

Consider hiring a moving company

A common incident when people move home is that things get lost, damaged or stolen. Choosing a moving company like Mountain Movers will mean you benefit from their insurance, but you should read the terms and conditions to see what coverage you will need outside of that. 

If you don’t usually keep a list of everything you have in your home, this will be the one time you should have a comprehensive list. Including which box the item was in, when it was packed, where it travelled and more. 

For anything with significant monetary or sentimental value, take photos before it gets packed, and ensure the information is correct. 

Large Items

Large items or those that are awkward in shape will usually come with a high cost. These items often take up a considerable amount of room in moving vans; not only that, though, they might require extra hands on deck due to their weight. 

Working with a reputable moving company and making sure they have all of the information upfront – and you have a solid quote, should mean that you will not end up with extra charges. 

Give yourself time to get to your destination 

If you are moving across the state or country, figure in lots of travel time and expenses. Figure in time for rest stops. Consider expenses for hotel stays as well. It’s dangerous to push yourself behind the wheel. You’ll be safer if you are refreshed and wide awake while you’re driving. Make frequent stops to stretch your legs.

You’ll undoubtedly encounter traffic jams, so do your best to maintain your cool. Listen to your favorite music or maybe podcasts. Bring electronics for the kids to keep themselves entertained for the trip.

Self-Storage 

Using self-storage is becoming one of the ways that many people save money when they are moving. It can help with easing timelines and gives some breathing space between moving out and moving into the new place. There are also occasions when you might arrive ready to move in, but at the other end, people are still packing. Having some extra cash that can be used for short-term storage solutions is a smart move. 

Food 

In the run-up to moving, you likely tried to get through all the food you could – because many moving companies will only move specific food items. This means when you get to the other end, one of the things you’ll need to do first is to stock up on food. 

While this might not be a hidden cost, it is one that not many people think about until they are faced with doing it. And on that note, that is why it is a good idea to have some cash ready to pay for takeout. 

Utilities 

For those who are very organized, you might’ve taken care of these already – but if you are planning on doing it when you arrive, you are likely going to be faced with a few connection charges. Some companies even charge long-time customers a reconnection charge. 

Be sure to read the contracts in advance – so that you know what you will be expected to pay and if it will be upfront or tied into your first bill. 

All of that is just a few things that might come up and don’t include the potential requirement for pet sitters or childminders, and speaking of children – moving can be scary! Read this to help them through it: Reassuring Your Child During a Big Move . 

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