Friday, July 5, 2013

Four Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Four Tips for a Stress-Free Move
Kate Reusink, on behalf of Richmond American Homes
Whether you’re headed across town or across the country, preparing for moving day takes some planning and foresight. Below is some helpful and time-tested advice for making your next move as smooth as possible.

Plan Your Move
If you don’t have a move date yet, block off two to three hours here and there a few months before even putting your house on the market to organize your belongings, said Laura Leist, owner of Seattle-based Eliminate Chaos and president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, in an article on This will put you ahead of the curve if you get an offer on your house right away.

Once you have a move date, start planning out your strategy. First on the list is changing your address on all of your different accounts, including bank accounts, magazine subscriptions, home and car insurance and, most importantly, with the post office. Utility companies also need to know when you'll be leaving your current home and moving into a new place, so arrange turn-off and turn-on days to fit your schedule. If you're staying in the state or moving locally, you can often transfer utilities with a quick phone call or visit. 

Organize and Pack
Streamlining your home makes any move feel manageable, and it is sometimes considered an important step before packing. According to Laura Gaskill in 10 Best Ways to Get Organized for a Big Move, you can streamline by sorting through belongings, especially in garages, attics and basements, and donate or recycle anything you haven't used lately.
“If you can’t even remember the last time you wanted to use something, get rid of it,” Gaskill said.
And that’s just a starting point. If you want, you can pare down even more by taking infrequently used items out of the mix. You may have used that fondue set yesterday, but if you hadn't touched it for eight months before then, set it free to find a new home. When you donate, save receipts for tax time, especially if you're giving away items that have more worth, like furniture that you plan to replace when you move into your new place.
The next step is to start packing. It is a matter of timing, so you may want to leave items unpacked as long as possible so you can find your pots and pans for dinner, but find you also want to pack early enough to make moving day go smoothly. The solution: Label everything you can and leave it in place until closer to your moving date. A three-color tag system makes moving a snap by letting everyone pitch in without having to ask you where items belong.

You can use any colors you like, but the red-yellow-green system may make the most sense to anyone helping with the move. A green tag means the item is making the move with you. Write the room where the item should go on the tag as you place it. Yellow tags are for items slated for donation, and red means it should be recycled or thrown away.

When it's time to move, tagged items go straight to the appropriate boxes with a minimum of stress. Bonus: Unpacking in your new home is also easier when everything is tagged. 
Enlist Help
Once the boxes are packed and labeled, they need to be moved to your fabulous new home. The two main options for getting your prized possessions from Point A to Point B is to hire a moving company or move it yourself. If you decide to hire a moving company, how much you spend on your move depends on how far away you are moving. These are just approximate figures. When using professional movers, it is best to call for an estimate.

If you plan to move yourself, you will save money, but the time spent on the move may not be worth it. Go over the pros and cons of each situation with your family, and check out this
moving cost calculator before deciding between DIY moving and hiring a professional.  

The excitement of a move can keep you awake late at night, but getting enough sleep is important to your mood and mental clarity. Aim for a full eight hours of sleep the night before the move. Other time-honored stress-beating techniques include yoga, listening to up-tempo music and just taking a few minutes away from the bustle to relax. 

No matter if you are moving into a new home in California or a resale property in Maine, enjoy yourself when you get there, and have a happy moving day!

Special thanks to Kate Reusink for this great guest post! I know a lot of Military and non-Military families can benefit from these simple tips.  



  1. WOW these house moving tips are very useful thanks for sharing it us .
    House Removal

  2. I think the hardest part of packing up for the move is sorting the items you’ll be bringing from the ones you plan to donate or just plain get rid of. A lot of people, me included, can get quite sentimental over the weirdest items in the house, and you’d want to bring most if not all of them on the move. It may be hard to let go, but it’s for the best. Otherwise, you won’t have space for new things and new memories in life. Cheers!

  3. These are some great tips! I never feel like my moves are planned. I need to start earlier and make lists. I am not usually a list person, but I need to become one. Enlisting help is a good idea too. I sometimes get so frazzled I think I need to do it all myself. It is okay to ask for help. It is also important to find a good mover. I have used local movers in Calgary and it wasn't a process that made me want to rip my hair out in the end. Moving can be okay!



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