Moving companies as an industry have skyrocketed over the past few years. With the housing bubble and financial crisis, more and more people turned to renting rather than buying. And renters tend to move much more frequently than homeowners. Moving is a hassle no matter what, but there are a lot of ways you can mitigate the hassle and minimize the stress. Moving companies are a big part of this process, but they are not the only way to help yourself keep your cool when moving.
- There is simply no way to over prepare for moving, so stock up on supplies, set aside plenty of time, and find the right storage unit early on. Especially once you have a moving date in mind, start packing up the stuff you know you will not need between then and moving day, and pile boxes neatly in the corner – after properly labeling them first, of course! Have plenty of boxes, tape, and markers on hand, as well as moving peanuts and stuffing you might need for fragile items. And be resourceful. There are plenty of items around the house, such as sheets and towels, that can be used to wrap fragile items. This can help cut down on the number of boxes and amount of stuffing you need, since you have to take those things with you anyway.
- Hire a moving company as soon as you have your date set, so you know how long you will have them and what it is going to cost you, and will allow you to plan towards a specific day. By sorting out boxes that need to be donated, put into storage, or moved into the new place ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress come moving day. It also makes it easier for the movers themselves, which cuts down on the amount of time the whole thing takes. If they can put labeled boxes into the right rooms when they get there without needing you to direct every single move, it makes a huge difference.
- You can also hire a packing company, which can be more expensive and takes more time, but it also means you do not have to pack anything up yourself. This can alleviate a huge amount of stress for some people, and actually be more stressful for others. Depending on whether you can stand other people going through your things, this may or may not be the right choice for you.
- At the end of the day, you need to go with what works best for you and your family, as well as your budget, but also understand how much effort goes into packing and moving. Whatever you can do to make the process less stressful for yourself is going to be worth the effort, even if it means spending a little bit of money. You will be glad come moving day that someone else besides you is moving all of those boxes into your new home!