If you've ever gone through a move before, then it's no secret that the entire process of moving can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take ahead of time to cut down on the stress of moving and ensure a smoother transition.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
One of the best decisions you can make to keep your stress levels down and your sanity levels up during a move is to hire a professional moving company. In addition to hiring them for the physical transport of your belongings from point A to point B, you might also want to consider hiring professional movers to help you with packing prior to your move. Some moving companies also offer self-storage options, which can give you a convenient place to store any "overflow" items after the move.
Schedule Utility and Service Set-Up
Rather than waiting until the day of your move or after you've moved into to schedule set-up of basic services, like utilities and cable, why not schedule these far in advance? Most utility companies will allow you to schedule a change in service as far out as a month in advance, giving you one less thing to worry about on the day of your move. Other services to consider scheduling include cable and Internet set up and security system installation.
Pack a Bag of Essentials
After a long day of moving, the last thing you want to do is rummage through dozens of boxes to find your toiletries and PJs on your first night in the new place. Save yourself this hassle and stress by packing an "essentials bag" that contains everything you'll need in the first 24-48 hours after the move. This can include everything from clothes and phone chargers to medications, toiletries, and pillows/blankets.
Gather Address Change Documents
You'll need to officially change your address on your driver's license and other ID shortly after your move, and locating those important documents (like your birth certificate and/or Social Security card) can be stressful after a move. Save yourself this stress by researching address change requirements before your move and gathering everything you need into an envelope that you pack in your essentials bag.
By following these basic tips, you can avoid some of the most stressful aspects of moving. From there, you can achieve a low-stress move and save yourself some time in the process.