6 Ways to Reduce Stress for Your Move
We all know that moving is stressful, even if you do have Moving Ahead Services helping you. Completing a move without any stress whatsoever is very unrealistic, but there are steps you can take to reduce the overall stress you experience during the process.
1. Prepare in Advance
This is one of the most obvious and effective ways for making yourself feel more at ease. If you get everything planned, packed, and organized beforehand, you will have less to worry about as the day of your move draws closer. Then, if you have a reputable moving company like Moving Ahead handling the heavy lifting, your move will take less time and thus less of your money.
2. Hire a Reputable Moving Company
If you don’t go with Moving Ahead for whatever reason, you should still take advantage of a moving company that is reputable, reliable, licensed, and insured like we are. Having a moving company take the reins guarantees plenty of manpower to complete the job in a safe and timely manner, eliminating issues with injuries and damage to your possessions. You won’t have to scramble to find friends or relatives that will be available to help you and the company will be able to plan out the details over the phone with you so that you know what to expect.
3. Have Backup
By this, we mean that you should try to establish at least one or two people you know who will be available that day to help you if anything unexpected arises. For instance, if you end up busy packing or directing the movers and your child needs to be taken somewhere or you realize that you forgot about running an important errand by a same-day deadline, you can rely on your backup contact(s) to take your child where they need to go or run that errand for you.
4. Plan for Adverse Weather
Keep an eye on the forecast as you get closer to the day of your move. If it looks like rain may be expected, take the necessary precautions. You may want to get furniture covers or set up a tarp over the space between where the truck would be and your belongings so that cardboard boxes do not become weak from getting wet and end up sinking in on your possessions. If you are moving in the winter and snow is expected, make sure to shovel a path for the movers, and if ice is expected, salt the driveway and walkways to prevent the movers or yourself from slipping and falling. If you are moving in the summer and are expecting high temperatures, go to the store and get a pack of water bottles to have handy for you and the movers to avoid dehydration.
5. Secure Your Pets
Make sure that your pets are safe and out of the way. This is particularly important for dogs, which can get stressed over the move as well if they sense that you are stressed, as dogs often respond to the energy they sense from their owners. Dogs can become a tripping hazard or sneak outside if you are keeping a door open during the move, so consider having them stay with someone else for the day of the move to prevent problems. The same is recommended for cats. Smaller, caged animals can be placed out of the way until you’re ready to transport them in your own vehicle or you can have them temporarily taken by a sitter as well.
6. Stay Energized
Regardless of how much or little labor you may be conducting on the day of your move, you are still undoubtedly going to be busy and stressed. Having some food in you will help you stay energized and clear-headed, so keep it simple and rely on take-out or food that requires minimal preparation so that you can allot enough time for yourself and your family to get the necessary energy and nutrition, eliminating the worry of preparing a meal. You should also try to get enough rest beforehand and keep some caffeine handy if you don’t get enough sleep so that you can be alert.
By following these basic steps, you can be more prepared for the day of your move and reduce stress for all involved, including yourself, your family and pets, and any movers you hire to help.