Before embarking on a long distance move, there are just certain things that you should know. Having this knowledge will save you a world of time, money and frustration. Thankfully, we are here to give you some advice so you won’t have to figure it out on your own. Here’s our list of the top 5 things you should know before moving.
- Downsizing is Smart: We know that when most people move, they try to hold on to as many things as possible. However, experience has taught us that most people wish they would’ve downsized after a move. Getting rid of old clothing, furniture and donating things you no longer use is always a smart exercise. Not only does this make your move easier because you’ll have less boxes and things to transport, but it helps you keep your new home organized and clutter free as well.
- Finding a Home Takes Time: If you have a relocation in your sights, get started with your search for a new apartment or home as easily as possible. While there are many places on the market, it’s usually difficult to find the place that you’ll be happy with at your budget. So, give yourself a head start with this. Whether you hire a real estate agent or get to the area early to shop around and check out neighborhoods, it’s imperative that you take this process seriously. Nothing is more important than being comfortable and happy in a neighborhood where you feel safe.
- Book Your Move Early: The moving industry is a busy one. While this is more true for summer months, the fact is, people are always moving. By booking your move early, you’ll avoid pricy last minute prices and avoid the anxiety that’s usually associated with a last minute move. Do some research and find a reputable moving company. We advise that you read moving reviews, check out their rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and ask family and friends for advice before signing any paperwork.
- You’ll Be Busy: No matter how much moving help you have, moving is stressful and will take a lot out of you. Beyond the emotional toll of leaving everything you’re familiar with behind and starting over, there are tons of things that will cloud your to-do-list. From putting a change of address in place and transferring your utilities to your new address to having goodbye dinners and drinks with friends, this process can leave you exhausted. Set your expectations so that you’re not surprised.
- Give Yourself Time to Adjust: Regardless of whether you are a college student leaving home for the first time, a professional relocating for work or a senior who recently downsized, there will definitely be an adjustment period before you’re comfortable in your new neighborhood. If you think making friends as a kid was hard, it’s even more complicated as an adult.