Moving: Top Reasons It’s So Stressful

When a move is ahead, the first word that comes to mind for many is stress. In fact, moving ranks among one of the most stressful events in one’s life. It’s really no surprise, considering it’s such a costly, laborious and nerve-wracking endeavor. But what really makes moving so stressful? Several specific factors cause the tension and anxiety typically associated with the moving process. Here is a breakdown of the top reasons why moving is so stressful.

Breaking the News

Breaking the news to family and friends of your life-changing decision to move can be one of the toughest parts of an impending relocation. Though this requires neither strenuous effort nor time or money, the news may come as a shock and even cause conflicts and tension in the home – especially if you have children. Because of this, you need to be very careful, positive and patient when discussing your upcoming move with your kids. Kids, especially those that are young in age, are unable to fully understand what moving is all about, and are not as able to process their thoughts and feelings as well as you. They may get upset, scared or confused by the prospect of leaving their safe and familiar world behind. After all, the unknown can be a very scary concept. If you have school-aged children and teenagers, be prepared for some grumbling, shouting, angry retorts, and bitter tears, and a loud door slam or two.

Finding a Suitable Home

One of the first steps in the relocation process is finding a suitable home for you and your family. This task alone is extremely difficult, as well as time-consuming, especially if you’re moving to an area you are unfamiliar with. To help make the process easier, it is a good idea to visit your new city in person several months before the move to get a good understanding of your new location. This way, you will be able to find:

  • Safe and pleasant neighborhood: Exploring different neighborhoods in your soon-to-be town will help you find one that will meet all of your specific requirements in terms of safety, agreeable surroundings, and friendly community;
  • Appropriate residence: Whether you need a small apartment or a large house with a spacious backyard, you will want to ensure that wherever your new residence is, that it is in excellent condition and will provide you with all the comfort and coziness you desire. It should also come at an affordable price.
  • Convenient location: Your new home should be conveniently located to all of the necessities – work, children’s school, local amenities, medical facilities, etc. Your new location should also meet your lifestyle and personal preferences.

Finding Reliable Movers

As soon as you know when and where you will be moving, as well as pin down a suitable home, you will need to figure out how to get all of your belongings there safely and efficiently. Unless you have decided on a self-move (which is best for short-distance moves), you will need to find trustworthy, reliable movers to ship your belongings to your new home. Due to the large volume of moving companies out there, finding movers won’t be a problem. However, finding movers that are experienced, dependable, and affordable will be a much harder task. Your final decision will define the kind of moving experience you will have. This being said, the process of finding a solid moving company adds stress to your move. In order to find good movers, you will need to do careful research and pay meticulous attention to details. This way, your relocation will be successful and stress-free.

Organizing Your Belongings

A little organizing here and there isn’t all that bad. But organizing your belongings for a move is a serious and challenging task. You’ll have to clean out closets, kitchen cabinets, a basement or garage, etc. All of these areas will take time, strength and lots of decision making. Here are two essential reasons it’s an important step in the moving process:

  1. The fewer items you relocate, the less you will pay in moving costs. This is because your final moving costs depend on the weight of your shipment.
  2. The better organized your belongings are, the easier it will be to pack, unpack and transport them.

Packing Safely

The safety of your belongings will be one of your primary concerns when moving to a new home. In order to ensure your things get from Point A to Point B safe and sound, you will need to pack properly. This means using quality packing materials and knowing how to best pack, arrange and secure your belongings in moving boxes and in a moving truck.

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Continued … Must-Know Tips for a Successful Pre-Move Garage Sale (Part 2 of 2)

As you learned in part one of this blog series, having a pre-move garage sale is a good way to lower time and money spent on moving. You also found out a few first-step tips to make your sale a success, like how to organize and categorize your belongings for sale, the best date to have a sale, and even some pricing how-tos. But there’s more to know, so read on to learn even more tips on how to make your sale a success.

Advertise

In order to have a successful pre-move garage sale, you have to make it known that the sale is happening. The best way to do this is by advertising. Here’s how:

Word of Mouth: Via mouth is a good way to advertise your upcoming garage sale. Tell your friends, neighbors and colleagues about the upcoming sale and ask them to help you spread the world.

Social Media: Another way to advertise your sale is by posting about it on social media, especially sites like Facebook that have designated sell pages where people looking to buy used items are likely to visit.

Signs/Posters: It’s also a good idea to tune in to your craft side and create signs/posers promoting your sale. Place them at strategic places in your neighborhood and on busy roads nearby, several days before the sale (on trees, telephone poles, bulletin boards, etc.). Be sure to make signs big and brightly colored with large print so those driving by can clearly see them. Also consider drawing arrows on your signs so visitors will be sure to know which direction your sale is.

Whatever method you use to advertise your garage sale, be sure to do these things:

  • Clearly state the date, time and address of the sale;
  • Entice customers by including pictures of items for sale or by listing highly desirable merchandise.

Display Items Just So

You may think that all you need to do is place your belongings on some tables in front of your house, but if you want to make your garage sale profitable, then you should mind how you display your items. Here’s how:

  • Place similar goods together. This makes it easier for people to find exactly what they are interested in. It will also ensure they won’t miss something that’s jumbled in a large pile of random stuff. Being able to easily browse means they are more likely to keep shopping, which means more cash flow for you;
  • Group baby clothes and other clothing items by size and type to make shopping easier for visitors;
  • Lay smaller objects on tables or shelves. This allows them to be seen clearly;
  • A messy pile or box of clothes will discourage customers from looking through your stuff and it limits how many people can look at once. Hanging them up, however, is a great way to draw people in. Doing so will make them look cleaner and allow for much more organized browsing; and
  • An inviting and pleasant atmosphere is an excellent way of attracting visitors to your sale and will lead to more money in your pocket. So make your sale attractive. Try colorful signs and tags, even some music to help gain a crowd.

Be an Active and Reasonable Seller

As you’ve learned so far, there are many ways to make your pre-move garage sale a success, but one thing not to forget is that you also need to be an active and reasonable seller. Check out the top ways to do this in the list below:

  • Actively participate in the sale and be flexible. This means talking with customers, negotiating, offering last-minute deals, and more. The more invested you are in tending to these needs, the more efficient your sale will be;
  • No one wants to spend time at a garage sale where they feel unwelcome. So, be friendly! Welcome visitors with a smile, and encourage them to feel comfortable. Also, avoid losing your temper if faced with frustrated situations;
  • Don’t tackle a sale alone. Instead, arrange for family members and friends to help you;
  • Be sure to have plenty of change and cash before the sale begins;
  • To get rid of several items at once, and to better satisfy buyers, sell belongings in bundles; and
  • Collect paper and plastic bags and boxes of different sizes to place purchased items in. This will make sales more organized and make it easier for big buyers to tote things to their car. Also consider having some spare wrapping and packing materials to help protect fragile items.

Ensure Safety

The last thing to remember when hosting a pre-move garage sale is to ensure safety for everyone and everything.

  • Remove any obstacles and potential dangers from your property prior to your sale;
  • Animals can become scared by unknown people, and some people are also scared by animals. To avoid any potential injuries or problems, keep animals away during the sale;
  • Eliminate access to your home. Lock doors and secure entrances.

For more tips and tricks to make your move a success, check out our blog.

Top 5 Tips for a Last-Minute Move

Getting your home and belongings organized and ready for a relocation can put a great deal of pressure on your shoulders. This is especially true if you are moving at the last minute. You may have a limited amount of time, but the job must still be done. No matter the reason for your speedy move – getting a new job, a home eviction, a natural disaster, etc. – you will need to prepare for your move quickly, and still manage to do it efficiently. When every moment counts, here are the top five tips you should use in order to make your last-minute move a success.

Separate Belongings

Since time is at stake during a last-minute move, you won’t have time to sell any belongings you don’t care to take with you. But it is still a good idea to organize and separate all items between those you plan to take with you and those you intend to donate or throw away. The more you decide to leave behind, the less time you will spend packing and moving, and you will also save a pretty penny in shipping costs.

Gather Packing Supplies

Once you know what you are taking with you, you will be able to plan what items need to be packed. You will also get an idea of what sort of packing materials you will need. Gathering all packing supplies in advance, and at once, is the ideal choice. If you have to stop packing to buy new boxes, tape, etc., you will lose a lot of valuable time. It will also ruin your concentration, which can be hard to get back into.

Pack “Open First” Boxes

For the first couple of days after your move, you will be met with piles of boxes to unpack and lots to clean. You will also more than likely be exhausted – body and mind – after such a long day of moving (not to mention the fast-action efforts you powered through to make your move happen). To get yourself through those first few days post-move, be sure to pack a box or two with all of your essentials, like clothes, toiletries, cosmetics, cell charger, and so on.

Label Everything

In your rush to pack by a very soon move-out date, you may feel there is no time to be spent on labeling boxes. During the chaos, you may even simply forget to do so. But labeling your boxes will actually save you time overall. Labeling boxes with their destination room will make moving day simpler and more organized, which are both excellent time savers. Also, marking boxes with special instructions (e.g., “fragile”) can save time by avoiding broken items that have to be cleaned up.

Stay Focused and Avoid Distraction

Staying focused can be difficult, especially when packing can feel boring and endless. Not to mention, there are so many distractions surrounding us daily – TV, cell phones, computers. But if you are going to get your belongings packed efficiently, and super speedy, you will need to keep your focus intact. To do this, distractions, like those previously mentioned, should be avoided at all cost.

Following these simple tips and hiring last-minute movers can make your relocation fast and smooth. Don’t lose another minute – get started now!

Importance of Creating a Moving Inventory List (Part 1 of 2)

Over the years, we acquire a lot of stuff, and keeping track of it all is definitely not easy. This is especially true in certain situations – like moving to a new house. Moving is a stressful event, and the only way to tone down the crazy and keep things under control is to be organized. One way to stay orderly during a move is by creating a detailed moving inventory list that contains all the household items and personal belongings you intend to take with you. Having a practical checklist like this to refer to when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your relocation will make your moving experience much more manageable. Continue reading to learn why creating a moving inventory list is vital to a safe, well-organized and stress-free move.

Why should I make a moving inventory list?

There are obvious benefits to having a personalized moving calendar – it prevents you from forgetting something important and helps you optimize every aspect of your move right down to the second the moving truck arrives at your door. But have you ever considered creating a moving inventory sheet, too? You may think it is not worth the time and effort, but believe us, once you start the actual moving preparations, you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that a home inventory list is indispensable. Not only will it help you stay organized and keep track of your possessions, it will also allow you to estimate the cost of your move and unpack quickly and easily after the relocation. Here are the top ways an inventory list will be of great help:

Visual representation. Most likely, you don’t realize how much stuff you actually possess – or what exactly it is. By creating a home inventory list, you will be provided with a visual representation of your belongings. It will also help you decide which items to take to your new home and which ones to get rid of prior to your move.

Estimate costs. Whether you ship your items or opt for a moving company, the cost of your move will depend on the total weight of your shipment. An inventory list will help you easily estimate the weight of your items and get an accurate idea of the final moving cost. It will also help provide your movers with all the information they require in order to assess how much time they will need to complete the job, what extra services will be necessary, etc. Knowing these specifics will allow your movers to come up with an accurate and final price of your move. It will also properly prepare them for your relocation so they can perform a safe and efficient move.

Packing supplies. Once you have a complete inventory of all items to be packed for your move, you will have a better understanding of the packing supplies you will need, the amount of time you will require to prepare your items for shipping, and the special handling requirements necessary to ensure the safety of your belongings.

Keep track of belongings. The amount of items you and your movers will be in charge of on moving day will be huge. The best way to keep track of your belongings is with a moving inventory list. As each box, household appliance, and piece of furniture is loaded onto the moving truck, you will be able to check off each item to ensure everything is taken on the road to your new home. This is just as important post-move, because you will be able to check your items against your inventory list upon delivery and immediately know if something is missing.

Insurance. Before you move, it is a very worthwhile idea to insure your belongings with a notable insurance company. It is also strongly recommended to note the estimated value of every single item you plan to entrust to your movers in your moving inventory list. This includes a clear statement of the condition of each item, along with photos, videos, warranties, maintenance receipts, authenticity receipts, etc. A moving inventory list will help you better determine the value of your belongings and the type of liability coverage that will best protect you. It will also help you file an insurance claim if any items get damaged or stolen during your relocation.

Now that you have learned the reasons why creating a moving inventory list is so important, move along to our next blog, which will provide you with step-by-step directions on how to make the ultimate inventory list.

Pack Your Garage With Ease With These Helpful Tips

garage - PhotoIf there’s one thing most people cringe at the thought of packing, it’s the garage. Heavy tools, oddly-shaped and sharp equipment … the list goes on and on. To pack up all of the odds and ends in your garage, follow these helpful tips.

Gather Packing Materials. Before starting any project – especially moving – it’s vital to gather all of the packing materials you’ll need to efficiently tackle the job. Looking around your garage, you will probably notice many oddly-shaped things. You’ll also see many heavy, even sharp objects. In order to pack items these sorts of things, you’ll need everything from sturdy cardboard boxes (in various sizes) and heavy-duty packing tape to a huge roll of bubble wrap, packing paper, cable ties and resealable plastic bags. Household items like old towels and rags will also come in very handy during the garage-packing process.

How To Sort. Garages are typically filled with two things: very useful items … and very worthless items. They are usually also filled with an overwhelming amount of stuff. First, sort one section of your garage at a time. Divide items into those that will be taken with you, those you can donate, and another for anything you want to throw away. This is the best way to keep packing organized, and it will also help you finish packing in plenty of time before moving day arrives.

Unmovable Items. If there’s one thing that is bound to be found inside the confines of a garage, it’s hazardous materials – many of which cannot be moved by your moving company due to safety concerns. Hazardous materials, include:

  • antifreeze
  • paint/paint thinners
  • propane tanks
  • fertilizers
  • pesticides
  • chemicals
  • car batteries
  • motor oils

Before moving day, be sure to ask your moving company for a complete list of items they will not move for you. Then, decide if you want to figure out a way to keep and transport these items, or if you want to ditch them.

Hand Tools. Whether you own a hundred hand tools or only a hammer and screwdriver, it’s important to know how to pack these items properly to avoid damage and injury.

  • Small hand tools. When packing small hand tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, hammers, etc., keep them stored and locked inside your toolbox.
  • Small hardware. For screws, nails, and other small hardware, secure them inside ziplock bags before loading them into a moving box.
  • Sharp tools. Packing sharp tools and instruments like knives, gardening sheers, and saws can be tricky – and dangerous. The best way to tackle items like these is to first wrap them in several layers of bubble wrap, old towels or rags. Then, secure the bundle with several cable ties or string.
  • Long-handled tools. Long-handled items, such as brooms, shovels, and rakes may seem hard to pack, but they are actually quite simple. First, bundle them together tightly with plastic wrap. Then, cover securely with a large moving blanket.

Power Tools. Power tools that require either batteries or an electric cord are very straight-forward to pack. Simply remove any detachable parts (including batteries), wrap the power cord around the tool and place it all together in a clearly-labeled box.

Gas-powered machinery, however, is much more time consuming to prepare for a move. For items like lawn mowers, chain saws, etc., all fuel must be fully drained or your moving company will not move it, so ensure this task is accomplished before the moving truck pulls up.

Want to learn more tips and tricks to make packing easier? Check out our blog, here.