As exciting as it is to move, it can also be incredibly stressful and frankly a bit overwhelming. The Chatel Group has put together a guide with some steps that are easy to follow and may help bring you some peace and calm.
The first part of the guide covered in Part One of our Two Part Blog, covers mostly the planning part of the plan. Give yourself some dates with cushions build in for unexpected occurrences. The second part will break down the tasks one at a time. Preparation is key. You can use our guide to formulate an action plan that will make you feel more in control of your move.
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Make a Checklist
A moving checklist may seem tedious, but it works. Writing a well thought out to-do list helps commit it to memory and alleviates the “have to do” forgetfulness that plagues us all at times. Good checklist items include utility company contacts for shut-offs, setting mail forwarding, ordering packing materials, and any other tasks that you fear might be forgotten. Cross off items once completed.
Set Your Budget
Moving can be expensive, but setting a budget can help you save, and pre-determine whether a full-service move is in your cards, or whether you’re going more DIY. If you do have the wherewithal to hire a full-service mover, you’ll want to do some research on top companies in your area.
As always, referrals from friends and family are good starting points. If DYI is in your wheelhouse, get pricing on truck rentals (if required) and equipment. Most importantly, line up some “besties” that like beer, and would be willing to help you pack and load!
Moving Time Is Declutter Time
Before you begin packing spend at least a couple weeks decluttering if possible. Packing up things and moving them just to get rid of them once you get to your new home is a waste of energy and money. Sort through all your things and donate or throw away anything you no longer need.
Check back for Part Two of this blog, which will detail the most time-consuming part of the process.
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