Moving to a new apartment can be a stressful time, not to mention time-consuming. Packing boxes and making sure you have all your affairs are in order can be overwhelming.
What’s the secret to a stress-free move?
Read on to discover our top 5 tips for planning the ultimate stress-free move.
The best thing you can do for yourself when you’re in the process of moving is to let go of any old unwanted belongings. The lighter the load, the better.
We understand that moving is always going to mean transferring lots of stuff from point a to b. However, this is the perfect time to sort through your life’s belongings and determine what you still need and what is now unnecessary.
Cut some baggage where possible. Why not try Marie Kondo’s much-praised method? It can work to help you have a stress-free move just as much as it can help you tidy up your place in the future.
As explained in her book, Kondo’s method involves taking a look at what you have and determining whether or not the items in your possession bring you joy or fulfillment. If they don’t, it’s simple. Get rid of them.
Simple? Yes, but effective.
If you don’t have the patience to ponder too long on whether or not your stuff makes you happy, just go the way of the black trash bag and start throwing things away. It’ll make unpacking when you get to your new place a whole lot easier.
Label And Organize
Another really simple way to make your life easier after the move? Label and keep track of where everything is going. Keep kitchen stuff with kitchen stuff, office supplies in one box, and other rooms boxed accordingly.
It may seem simple, but it’s something many people overlook and is such an easy way to relieve unnecessary stress during your moving process.
We recommend getting started with the planning as early as six weeks before your move date.
This way, you give yourself plenty of time to organize things, such as your time and route on your moving date and you can adapt should you face road bumps in the planning process.
You’re much more likely to have a stress-free move if you go with a flat-rate moving company.
The only situation in which we’d recommend going with a company that charges hourly is if you’re moving within the same apartment complex.
Otherwise, why take the chance? Who knows what could go wrong along the way on move-day?
Anything from bad traffic to an unexpected break down will add time to your move. The last thing you want is to be worrying about the extra cost. A flat-rate move is less stressful for you and it’s more cost-effective too.
Moving companies will try and add on extra costs where they can, with many charging extra to disassemble and re-assembling furniture.
To save having to face any unexpected costs that could cause unwanted stress and frustration on your moving day, why not call on friends or family to help you disassemble any big pieces of furniture before your move?
Ask them in plenty of time to make sure they can make it on the day of the move or ask them to give you somewhere to crash the night before once you’ve pulled apart your bed!
If your friends can’t help, make sure you have accommodations pre-booked, so you have somewhere to spend the night once everything is packed and disassembled.
For starters, check out the FMCSA to know what to look for when it comes to reputable moving companies. Do your research and find a company that works for you.
Once you’ve chosen your moving company, give them as much information as possible. Make their lives easier so they can give you the best move possible.
Let them know about the parking situation on your street or any possible obstructions. Tell them whether any pieces of furniture need special handling or whether you’ll be disassembling your furniture.
You can’t go wrong if you and your movers are on the same page. The more informed everyone is, the better.
Thinking of moving within the state of California? Well, now you can do so stress-free with our handy list of tips!
McLellan Estates operates two apartment complexes in the Bay Area, Crestview Apartments and Old County Road Apartments, both in close proximity to shopping, parks, dining and transportation.