Time to Move?
We’ve all had to do it at one time or another. Whether it was moving off to college and out of our parent’s house or moving out of the cramped confines of living with roommates or perhaps we were relocating the family for a new job. Whatever the circumstances, moving can be an overwhelming process. But it can also be a step in the right direction for a new adventure and there’s always ways to make it less stressful and more cost effective.
The first thing that usually comes to mind when moving is how much is this going to cost? Budgeting is one of the most important steps in moving. Everyone’s budgets will differ. Here are just a few things to keep in mind with regards to your budget as you prepare for the move.
*Will I use movers or will I do the move myself?
*Will someone else do the packing for me or will I be doing it?
*If moving for a job, will my company pay for my relocation fees?
*How many moving boxes will I need?Can I get used boxes to offset the costs?
*What will my initial expenses (i.e. utilities, down payment, etc.) be upon arrival to my new place?
Packing It Up
If you have decided to pack yourself you don’t have to wait until the last minute to start filling those boxes. Don’t add to the stress by waiting to the last minute. It will always take more time than you think. Start by packing the things you use the least. Make sure to label the boxes clearly so you’ll know what is in each box and what room it belongs in once you move. You can color code them or just use that big Sharpie. This is also a great time to get rid of anything you don’t use or need any longer. Having to pack less can always make things easier.
We as a company know how important it is to pack things as efficiently as possible. While some might want to hire professionals, others prefer to do it on their own. If so, check out some of these helpful moving/packing tips from Buzz Feed:
Also remember to keep things you will need immediately (i.e. toiletries, clothes, sheets, a few groceries, etc.) packed in an easily accessible box/suitcase that will be with you.
Before You Get There
Make sure you set up appointments for the phone/internet/tv provider for the day you get there. This way there will be no waiting periods and you won’t be stuck without communication to the outside world.
It’s now time to start settling in and get familiar with your new digs. Set up the most important rooms first – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and then the others. Remember those sheets you kept nearby, those easily accessible groceries, your toiletries, now they all have a place to go for immediate use. Remember those boxes you packed and labeled so well. Those can be unpacked easily. Now you aren’t scrambling to find things and can take your time getting settled.
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Here’s to an easy, stress free move and a new adventure.