A Stress Free Move? It is Possible.
Nobody likes moving. Stress-wise, it’s been compared to divorce or the death of a loved one. But it really doesn’t have to be that bad. Some good planning can help smooth things out, and make your move an easier experience. Here are a few ideas to help you plan:
The less stuff you have to pack and transport, the simpler your move will be. Clear out the basement, the attic, closets, the junk drawer and the shed. Have a yard sale, sell it on Kijij, take it to Goodwill, or throw it away. If you’re moving far away, consider getting rid of furniture too. Unless you’ve got really high-end or heirloom pieces, it could actually be more expensive to transport them than to buy new ones.
Start Packing Early
Pack books, off-season clothes and unused items, starting as soon as you have a confirmed moving date. That way, you can collect boxes and packing materials gradually without having to scramble for them at the last minute. It also gives you time to go through all your stuff and decide what to purge.
Yes, they’re more expensive than a DIY move, but if you’re looking to reduce stress, hiring pros is the way to go. Just make sure you hire a reputable company – shadier outfits have been known to entice customers with a really low hourly rate, then hold their property hostage until the customer agrees to pay more. Always ask for a written estimate.
Get babysitters for the kids, pet care for your fluffy friends, and if people offer to help with packing, take them up on it. If you’re getting friends to help with the actual move, give them lots of notice. And, of course, be prepared to return the favour when it’s their turn to relocate.
Accept ahead of time that the day will be stressful. When things start to get overwhelming, take a deep breath and keep in mind that the move will be over soon, and a great new place is waiting for you to make it your own.
BUT ABOVE ALL A STRESS FREE MOVE STARTS WITH THE RIGHT AGENT WITH THE RIGHT PLAN FOR YOUR SALE OR PURCHASE!