From hiring an Indianapolis moving company to finding the best smartphone app, take these steps to lay off the anxiety and stay grounded throughout the moving process
While moving might not make the list of life’s most stressful events, anyone who’s had to uproot their home knows anxiety can ensue. Why? Because moving is much more than shifting boxes from one location to another.
Whether you’re finally sorting through your belongings or changing your address for all 12 magazine subscriptions, sometimes it feels like your moving to-do list is only growing. Take these steps in the months and weeks before and after your move to lower your blood pressure and rise above the stress.
One to two months before the move
Clear the clutter. If you commit to de-cluttering before you even bubble wrap your first vase, you’ll remove a huge amount of stress from the week of your move.
Sort through each room, one at a time, determining which items you regularly use.
To see which items in your closet you actually wear, turn all of the hangers backwards, and after you wear a piece, return the hanger right-side-out. Donate the items still backwards.
Finally throw out or replace broken belongings. Be intentional about taking stock of what you truly need and what is just taking up space.
As you clear the clutter, consider hosting a moving sale, which will not only make you money, but also save on the number of items you’ll need to transport to your new house, a thrift store or your curb for trash day.
There’s a (moving) app for that. Home Move Pro is an all-in-one contact-saving, inventory-tracking, to-do list-making, note-taking moving app. Develop folders and records of all your belongings, keep track of important contact information and check off the lists as you get close to moving day.
With Wunderlist, you can create shareable task lists, delegate projects, keep track of your grocery list for the new home, and more. It’s so useful you’ll want to keep it long after your move.
Set deadlines. Creating mini-deadlines for yourself can help prevent all of the chores from piling up. Commit to goals such as tackling one room per weekend until the move, decluttering for one hour per night or listing all of your for-sale items on eBay.
The week of the move
Notify your cable or Internet provider and utilities. Using one of your new apps, create a schedule of appointments to turn on and off your electricity, gas, water, cable and any other monthly bills for your home.
Change your address. Fill out the United States Postal Service change of address form in the week prior to your move to make sure you receive your mail once you relocate. While you’re at it, update your address on other accounts (think magazines, subscription services, etc.).
If you file a change of address form at the post office they will automatically update your records with the IRS—but it’s a good idea to cover all your bases in case there is a hiccup. Just fill out IRS Form 8822 online.
Finish packing. Make sure to gather all important documents, such as social security cards, insurance information and passports, and keep them together in a safe and accessible place.
And as always, don’t forget to pack each family member his or her own small suitcase filled with the essentials for the first night. You don’t want to drive across the state only to find that your bedding and toothbrush are packed away in the moving truck.
Line up help. Even if you’ve hired Indianapolis movers, you may want to recruit friends and family for a final clean sweep of the house. Don’t forget to schedule a babysitter to keep an eye on the kids. Not only can having children getting under foot slow down your movers, they could easily get hurt around all of the moving parts.
Say goodbye. Don’t wait until the last minute to say a final farewell to your neighbors, family and friends. As tempting as it can be to push off the difficult business of goodbye, it will only add stress to an already challenging day.
After the move
Familiarize yourself with the area. Getting to know your new town is more than memorizing street names or finding the best restaurants. You’ll want to have a good understanding of where the closest after-hours clinic, pharmacy and police station are located. Having this knowledge in your back pocket will help eliminate anxiety should the unexpected happen.
Confirm utility hookups. Take time to call your new electric, gas, trash and cable providers to make sure all of their information on record is correct. There are few things more stress-inducing than having your water turned off mid-shower because of a billing mix up.
Retrieve your belongings from storage. If you used an Indianapolis storage service, schedule a time to pick up the rest of your belongings and finish moving into your new home.
Above all, choose an Indianapolis moving company you trust
At Leaders Moving & Storage, we build relationships with our customers so we can provide personalized and stress-free service. Trust your peace of mind to a guaranteed moving quote. Call us toll free at (800) 481-6843 or get an online quote today.