When it comes to moving, it is always accompanied with stress by time constraints and available space. There are a million things to get done and even more things that you forgot that creep in during the move. To add to that stress, if you are renting, you really want to get the deposit back and that in itself is quite the chore. Hopefully, these tips will help you deal with the stress of moving!
1. The best first step is to make a plan and create a list of everything you need to get done. While you begin to move, more tasks will crop up, but putting them on the list will help you keep track. It may seem like the no matter how many tasks you complete you keep adding more, but eventually, you will have them all crossed off your list.
2. After making a list, it is best to get started right away. Creating a schedule using your list of tasks can give you a good time frame of how long it will take you to completely move. The more time you have the less stress you will have.
3. Transporting all your possessions can be a tough hurdle to jump. Renting vans can be expensive and add up depending on how long you will need it. If you have a friend with a truck or trailer, it would be a good time to bribe them with baked goodies or a good old fashioned six-pack of their favorite beer. Starting early may also give you enough time to make multiple trips if you are moving little by little.
4. Before you actually start packing up your belongings, it is a good idea to downsize as much as you can. The more you minimize now, the less you will have to pack, move and unpack later. Look up local donation centers to help your community, and if you want to make some cash, maybe for the rental truck, try selling anything you don’t need through your local social media pages.
5. A great way to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed is by going one room at a time. Instead of bouncing around from task to task between rooms, dividing the work by rooms can save time and keep you organized.
6. Finding enough boxes to store everything doesn’t seem like a big deal, but with the other costs of moving, it can add up. To save some money, try going by your local stores to see if they have used shipping boxes they are throwing away that you can have.
7. Another important task on your list if you are renting should be to set up an inspection at least two weeks before your move out date. This will allow you to fix anything they deem is your responsibility. Make sure you take pictures once everything is cleaned and fixed to prove you did everything they asked for.
8. Carpet cleaning is in a category all its own. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle, most renters will hire a professional and take the price out of your deposit. You can also set it up yourself and save some cash by finding a better deal.
9. Cleaning is the last step before moving out. Once you have all of your possessions out, then you have all the cleaning to do. You would be surprised how much dirt can pile up over time, even if you maintained a clean home. Give yourself ample time to do a thorough deep clean. Make sure all of your appliances are spotless, the walls are wiped down and the ceiling fans are clear of dust.
10. The last step is unpacking in your new home. Enjoy the unboxing and take your time in finding a place for everything. The hard part is over, so you now can enjoy one less stress in your life! Good luck with your move and I hope these tips helped!