five tips for a local move

Five Tips For a Local Move

Planning a local move can be every bit as stressful as an out-of-state move.  Moving is still moving after all, and short distances do not take away the stress. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you will want to stay organized and on task.  Below is a list of five tips for a local move designed to help you plan a stressfree local move.

Tips for a local move to lower your stress

Professional Moving Companies Vs. DIY 

You may decide that since the move is local you will not need a moving company.  After all, a do-it-yourself move will be cheaper. But, if you choose to move by yourself, be prepared to do a lot of hard work.  Be sure to make a to-do list of necessary tasks that will need to be done before, during, and after the move.  Just because the move is local, doesn’t mean it doesn’t require careful and organized planning.  

If you decide to go with a moving company, they can handle the heavy lifting for you, such as packing, unpacking and hauling your items.  You could save yourself some time and sweat by hiring a local, and reputable moving company.  

Explore Your New Neighborhood

One advantage of a local move is that you will have the opportunity to check out your new neighborhood.  Before you move, drive or walk around your new area.  This will help you get the lay of the land.  Familiarity will help you feel more comfortable and ease some stress before you move.  Also, you can locate your new bank, grocery store, and post office prior to your move, so you don’t need to worry about that, and just focus on settling into your home.  

Create a Moving Checklist

Even local moves need a moving checklist.  A moving checklist helps you stay organized and on track.  The list will help you complete the necessary tasks before, during and after your move.  A good checklist starts with things that need to be done prior to your move, like put in a change of address, and acquire moving supplies.  Then, make a list of tasks that should be done during the move, like packing and hauling boxes.  Finally, have a list of things to do after your move.  Lists are tedious but help you stay organized.  

Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

A few weeks prior to your move, start to purge your house of things you don’t need anymore.  The less stuff you bring with you, the cheaper and faster your move will be.  Donate items that are still in good condition and arrange to dispose of the rest.  

Plan Where Your Belongings Will Go

Another advantage of a local move is the ability to spend some time in your new place.  This can help you plan where your furniture will go, which will really speed up the moving process. Perhaps you create a sketch of the interior of your new home, this will help you decide where things can go.  You can take measurements, and decide how to arrange your belongings, that way your moving day will go as smooth as possible.  

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