Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re feeling unprepared or unorganized.
May is National Moving Month and it kicks off the busiest moving season of the year.
The key to a smooth move all comes down to preparation. Here are some tips to help make moving a breeze.
Bailey Carson, a home care expert from “Ask Angi” says before you start packing, you should take inventory of all your things.
She says to think about what’s worth keeping and at least two months before your move, take the time to clear out unwanted clothes and other items. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to donate them or discard before your move.
“You will save yourself the time, energy and cost of packing up items that you don’t really want, and this will avoid unwanted clutter in your new place,” Carson said.
Next, you’ll need to decide on how you’ll move.
If you’re going with a professional, make sure to find the right one for you.
“You may choose to do all your packing, but you may not want to do the moving too. Take the time well in advance to research moving services and really vet them to get the one you want,” Carson said. “Remember, they’re going to be moving all your move valuable items, including fragile things and you want to find someone you can really trust.”
Don’t forget to budget.
Moving can be expensive, but planning will make the whole process easier.
Many companies will send a consultant to your house to help you gauge the cost.
“You’ll want to get several estimates to help you plan. Factors like distance and size of home, can make the price vary tremendously. On average, local moves cost between $700 and $5,000, and long distance moves can be closer to $10,000,” Carson said.
Don’t forget to make a Plan B.
Things can change at the last minute but do what you can to plan for these changes in advance.