6 Ways to Make Your Relocation Easier When Moving on Short Notice

Moving on short notice can be challenging, especially if you own many things you need to pack. Fortunately, there are ways to make relocating easier for yourself and other household members. You can move quickly by maintaining a sense of calm, having a plan, and staying focused on your mission. Below, we’ve outlined six steps to making your last-minute household relocation a success.

1. Have a Plan

It’s easy to panic when you’ve got a last-minute relocation approaching. Making a quick plan can help squash feelings of panic and can also help you stay on task. Your moving plan should include details such as:

  • What you need to do before your relocation
  • Who is responsible for completing each task
  • What is your budget for each task
  • What materials you’ll need to get the work done

2. Stay Calm

It doesn’t help to lay awake at night feeling anxiety over your upcoming relocation. Take steps to promote feelings of calm. You might try meditating, napping, and taking time to engage in occasional recreational activities. The calmer you feel about your upcoming relocation, the easier it will be to get your work done.

3. Focus Less on Staying Organized – Focus More On Speed

When you’re moving on short notice, you need to find ways to streamline your work. Labeling boxes is essential but consider not listing every item in detail on each box. You also probably don’t have the time to do a thorough sort before placing your belongings into boxes. Instead, focus on packing as quickly as possible to get it done. Plan to sort out items when unpacking after you complete your relocation.

4. Spend Less Time Decluttering

Decluttering is a good activity — when you have lots of time. Downsizing before a standard relocation can help control costs by reducing the volume of stuff moving from your old home to your new home.

But decluttering and downsizing take time: lots and lots of time. You probably won’t have that time for this relocation. So, assume you’ll be moving things you don’t need. Then, you can declutter and downsize when you arrive.

5. Get Help From Friends

Now more than ever, you need help from your friends. Work together with friends to pack boxes, dismantle furniture, acquire supplies and keep the process moving. Don’t try to do this on your own!

To make this experience more fun for your friends and reward them for their help, buy pizzas to keep them fed and happy. Have packing “parties” with music or movies playing in the background.

6. Work With Professional Movers

Last-minute relocations are complex, but you can make them more manageable when you get help from professional movers. In addition, you’ll have less to worry about when you work with the pros.

Professional movers who provide full-service relocations can help you pack your belongings. They can also take some pressure off by handling logistics involving truck reservations and transporting your goods from one home to the other.

Working with the pros just makes the entire relocation go faster. So to get started with your last-minute relocation, contact us today.

Moving Day Secrets: What Movers Want You to Know

Hiring professional movers reduces stress and makes moving day more manageable when it comes to moving. After all, a moving team knows how to safely and quickly get your belongings where they need to be, so you can relax and enjoy your new home.

But what’s the best way to help movers? Do movers want or need your help — or are you getting in their way? Read on to learn moving day secrets your movers wish you knew.

Review (and Follow) Moving Company Policy

Before moving day rolls around, read your movers’ policies. A reputable company will lay out its policy about how — and if — customers should help.

Your moving team will likely want you to let them do the work.

Reading the policy, talking to your moving company beforehand — and then following this policy on moving day — will eliminate confusion.

Get Packing Done Ahead of Time

While there will always be odds and ends and last-minute items to pack, getting your belongings packed before moving day is essential.

After all, you’re paying the movers to be there. If you’re not ready for them, you’re paying them to wait. So have everything packed, labeled, and prepared to go before your movers arrive.

Secure Pets and Kids

On moving day, doors will be left open. People will go in and out. Large items will be lifted and set down.

Add pets and children into the mix, and it’s a recipe for potential problems. Just imagine a toddler deciding to walk through an open door to explore or someone tripping over your dog or cat while carrying a heavy load.

Keep everyone safe by keeping pets and children off-site, if possible.

Practice Clear Communication

Don’t be afraid to give your movers direct, clear instructions. They need to know where things are and where things go, and good communication is how to do it.

Labeling boxes properly is a component of effective communication, too. For example, marking boxes with “Fragile” and “This Side Up” is vital.

Be sure to indicate where in the new house each box should go, as well. This keeps movers from having to ask you, which is a time-waster.

Know What Movers Can’t Move

Reputable moving companies can’t move certain items. These are known as non-allowable items; regulations don’t allow movers to transport these materials.

You’ll need to check your moving company’s list for specifics. Still, most companies won’t transport anything flammable, volatile, explosive, or corrosive, including batteries, solvents, fertilizers, gasses, firearms, and cleaning supplies.

Your moving day involves so many components. Worrying about how to interact with the moving team shouldn’t be one of them.

By practicing good communication and reading (and following) the moving company’s policies about helping, you’ll gain a clear picture of what your role should be that day.

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Do you need help with your relocation? Contact us for a free quote. We can help make your move more manageable for you.