movingMoving can be a stressful time for anyone. Along with the anxieties of moving to a new city, state, or street you also have to deal with how you are going to get your things there in once piece. Not to worry most people have to move a few times in their life so know you are not alone. Many movers do not know about all the potential resources available to them as they begin the moving process. Here is a list of things that may help you lessen the stress of your move and help you feel excited about starting a new chapter of your life.

1. Purchase Materials
There are quite a number of things you can buy to make moving just a little bit simpler. Most of them can be found at your local hardware store and are fairly cheap to buy. Boxes, duct tape, permanent markers, packing peanuts, scissors, cleaning solution all make excellent additions to a moving kit. If you want to spend a bit more you can always purchase or rent a dolly to handle those big loads.

2. Pack Before Moving day
This little tip can save you a lot of time and worry on moving day. I cannot tell you how many times I have waited until the day of to start packing and been completely overwhelmed at the amount of stuff I need to put away before I can load it into my car. Not only did it make moving take a few extra hours that wasn’t necessary but I also lost a few things as I forgot to put them away as I was frantically packing. Try to spread packing out over a week. Just do one box a night after you get home from work and everything will seem more manageable.

3. Hire a Moving Company
I know this seems like an necessary step, but trust me this makes the whole process go a lot smoother. While it might be cheaper to call up a few of your friends to help out, things will become more complicated as you try to figure out how to transport your mattress in your friend’s sedan. People might drop out at the last minute leaving you without a plan. So call up your local moving company they will have the manpower, experience, and trucks needed to get your things into your new home.

4. Talk to your Landlord
Your landlord needs to know when you are moving out to prepare your space for a new tenant. Its a quick thing to do and you may even get your deposit back. If you own your home feel free to ignore this step.

5. Purchase a Storage Unit
Storage units are great for the versatility they offer the mover. It is a sad thing to admit but many things can go wrong during a big move and storage units offer a helpful backup plan for that purpose. For example some of your furniture might not fit in your new space or your new home or apartment might unexpectedly not be ready for you to move in yet. Fortunately many moving companies also offer storage and packing services.