Moving to a new state is daunting, even for individuals who have packed up and left for a new home before. Rather than feeling lost and frustrated, start planning now. This can save you a lot of trouble and headache later on. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you begin your move.
Clean Out, Do Without
As you figure out what you’re going to pack, don’t forget about the items you no longer want or need. Now is a great time to get rid of clothing that no longer fits, old toys the children don’t play with, or things that will be impractical for where you are moving to, like taking a snowmobile to Texas. You can choose to donate items to a charity, sell them at a garage sale, or throw them away, depending on the condition. Fewer things to pack means less frustration for you once you have moved.
Get Professional Help
If you are strapped for time, a one-person army, or just cannot imagine moving everything on your own or with limited help, consider a full moving service. They can pack items away, making sure they are safe, label the box, and take them out to a moving truck. Having professionals on board means there is more time for you to attend to other things and can help make moving to a new state seem less stressful.
Find Replacement Services
Once you’ve moved, you likely have to find new everything: doctor, dentist, vet, accountant, bank, and so on. Don’t forget to research and find new professionals who can help you once you’ve moved. That way if you need services, you aren’t looking last minute to try and find someone in a hurry. While you’re at it, don’t forget to update your address. Start with the U.S. Postal Service and don’t forget other places such as alumni associations, banks, your child’s school, and so on. This way any old mail will get forwarded to your new home.
Moving to a new state often involves a lot of work, but you can make it easier on yourself. Figure out what you are taking and what you should get rid of to cut down on how much you move. Seek out professional movers if you are strapped for time. Finally, don’t forget to locate new services and forward your mail to your new address. These suggestions can make life easier before, during, and after your move.