At its very core, relocation is a very complex and often daunting process. Just ask anyone who has ever relocated, and they will tell you just how much there is to think about and do.
In fact, it may be difficult to know where to even begin. That’s why we want to remove any guesswork from the process, so that you can focus on more important matters.
Here are some great tips and resources that we think you will find invaluable as you get ready to make your move.
Moving Tips From The Pros
Taking the guesswork out of the relocation process, means taking you behind the scenes and giving you the inside scoop. As professional movers, we have many years of experience and expertise available to help you with your relocation.
We have even put together an array of useful tools, videos, and information that will get you started in planning your move.
Here are the links to some of our most popular tools and resources:
- Movers Interview Guide
- Residential Move Guide
- Step-by-step Videos to Plan Your Move
- Pre-move Checklist
- Residential Moving FAQs
- International Moving FAQs
- Items Not to Pack
- Preparing Your Refrigerator
- Moving Your Sleep Number Bed
For a full list of our moving resources and tools, please click here: Daryl Flood Moving Tools and Resources.
First Things First
Now that you have had a chance to peruse our resources, it’s time to concentrate on developing your relocation plan. It should be both comprehensive in scope and flexible in nature. It should be comprehensive, because there are many things that could fall through the cracks if you are not careful, and flexible enough to accommodate any unforeseen issues or challenges.
Proper planning and organization can also help you feel less stressed or anxious about your move. So, begin by looking at the different aspects of your relocation, and start putting them in priority order.
You might even find it helpful to delegate certain tasks to your spouse, partner, or kids. Getting the kids involved can be very important in helping them feel excited about the move.
You might be thinking that a good way to stay organized is by making a list, and you would be absolutely right. But, not just one list, you are going to need several of them.
A good idea is to start by making a list of all the different lists you think you are going to need. We recommend creating several categorized lists, such as the ones below:
- List of utilities and services to cancel, transfer, and set-up
- List of accounts that need to be closed and/or opened
- List of people and companies to notify of change of address
- List of items you will be moving yourself
- List of items you will need to have handy on moving day
- List of things you need to do for your kids
- List of documents and records to keep with you
- List of potential out-of-pocket moving expenses
- List of people and companies involved in your move
We recommend using a dedicated notebook or binder that contains all of the information pertaining to your move. That way you will have everything in one place that will be easily accessible before, during and after your move.
Things You Might Not Think Of, But Still Need To Do
Take advantage of the opportunity to clean out your closets, drawers, and pantry. The last thing you want to do is to pack up and pay to move items that you no longer need or want. In most cases, you will end up disposing of them after your move anyway. So, instead, throw those items away or donate the ones that make sense.
This includes non-perishable food items that you may find in your pantry. If you decide not to move all of those canned goods, a great option is to donate them to Move for Hunger, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with relocation companies to collect non-perishable food items, and deliver them to food banks all across North America.
If you have a home to sell, make sure that you remove any items of value (sentimental or otherwise) before putting your home on the market.
You don’t want to have something of value go missing while you are in the throes of your move. And when moving day comes, you should keep all jewelry and other such items of value with you to move yourself.
There are certainly other recommendations and considerations when planning your move. The most important one is usually around how much your move is going to cost. If you are paying for your move yourself, this will obviously be a top consideration. So, we recommend creating a relocation budget, and keeping close track of all of your expenditures.
If you are not sure about how much money your move is going to cost you, no problem. Just contact us and we will be happy to go over everything with you. We have been doing this for a very long time, and we have many other tips that we can share with you.
So, don’t go it alone. Hire a reputable moving company who can help you streamline the process, and make your relocation as stress-free, and enjoyable as possible.
For more information, please contact us anytime. We will be happy to help you!