Moving can be an exciting chapter of your life. Whether you have decided to accept a job offer in another city or state, found the perfect home for your family, or are getting your first apartment, a fresh and new start is always something to look forward to. Although moving is a exciting time, it can bring challenges and become an unwelcoming event. Plus — believe it or not — moving is one of the top stressors in the average person’s life.
As an experienced moving company, at Helping Hands Moving Service we understand that moving can be a stressful and crazy time. But we truly believe moving should be an exciting and fun time, which is why we want to share some of the best tips and advice to help avoid a stressful move. By hiring a professional moving company like Helping Hands Moving Service, you can rest assured that your move will be off to a great start!
Adopt the proper attitude
Sometimes moving is a choice we decide to make, and in some cases- job opportunities, school, and other events bring us to a new area. When you have no control over a move, it can sometimes make the move an unwelcoming event. Instead of developing a negative attitude about the move, try to make the best of it. Consider all of the good opportunities and possibilities that can happen. You’ll meet new people, make friends, have exciting experiences, find your new favorite restaurants, and start a fresh, new chapter of your life. Thinking in a positive manner will make your move much easier than approaching it with a negative attitude.
Do your research
Whether you’re moving to another city or to another state, it’s always a good idea to start researching the area. Learning about the area beforehand will help you feel prepared and comfortable when the moving date arrives. Learn about the neighborhood or area that you’re staying in, if you have children, learn about the local schools. Find the nearest grocery store, mall, restaurants, doctor’s offices and more! Learn about the local events and do whatever is necessary to get a good feel for where you will be living.
Be sure to plan
If you’re known to be a procrastinator, planning might be the most important step of the moving process. Trying to do moving tasks last minute is going to likely add a lot of stress and frustration. Plus, if you have to move an entire household full of items and belongings — in addition to a family to get ready — you already have a pretty hefty task list which you won’t want to be doing a few days before moving.
Start collecting boxes in advance
Believe it or not, having boxes available when starting to pack is a huge help. Many people don’t think to start saving boxes until it is too late. Several weeks prior to your move start collecting boxes. These can be boxes you receive in the mail, boxes from grocery and retail stores, or boxes that your friends and family have leftover. This will save you from having to buy totes and moving boxes at the store.
Clear your calendar
Part of planning is blocking off enough time to focus on packing your belongings. This includes clothing, kitchenware, furniture, electronics, and other items. You may have to request a day off of work or clear your schedule for a weekend — and if you have young children, you may want to consider finding a babysitter. Giving yourself enough time to continuously pack for several hours or even a day will allow you to get more done than packing in small periods of time. For extra help, try bribing some friends or family members in advance to help with the packing. Offer them pizza and drinks and be sure to let them know in advance so they don’t make any plans!
There’s nothing that makes a move more frustrating than an excessive amount of clutter building up throughout your current home. Having household clutter can make the moving process frustrating. Be sure to be cautious when grocery shopping to ensure you use up the food you already have in your pantries and refrigerators. Consider going through your items and separating what you don’t need. You can sell valuable items at a garage sale or online, and donate whatever you don’t want or need anymore.
Consider hiring professional movers
Packing and hauling furniture and large appliances around is a task that nobody really enjoys. Hiring a professional moving company like Helping Hands Moving Service can help take the stress out of moving. Our moving company will load all of your items into our moving trucks so that you don’t have to lift a finger. In addition, unlike other moving companies in Columbus, we offer full-service packing — we can handle all your packing needs, whether you are moving into a multi-story home or a small apartment. Our moving specialists handle items and belongings with care to ensure there is no damage during the moving process. We also offer other stress-reducing service like:
- Disconnection and connection of appliances
- Disassembly and set up of furniture
- Transportation of additional vehicles
- Sorting, packing, and protection of items
- Donation or disposal of unwanted items
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Moving can easily make you feel overwhelmed. There are so many things that need to be done before, during, and after the move, so you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. You may be surprised that friends and family are more than willing to give you a helping hand. Especially if you’re on your own, friends and family can be a valuable support system to help you with the transition and make the process easier.
Say your goodbyes
When it comes to moving, a common cause of stress is not being able to spend time with the people who matter most to you in your current area before you leave. This can be friends, family, co-workers, or even your favorite barista! Be sure to plan in advance a time to hang out or grab a cup of coffee for the last time. Although this can be a sad time, think of it as an opportunity to plan a good time to have get-togethers and visits!
Introduce yourself to new people
Once your move is complete and you get settled in your new home or apartment, you’ll want to consider introducing yourself to your neighbors. Maybe you’ll find out you live next to the perfect person to watch your house while you travel and are away, find new friends, or find the go-to house to borrow a cup of sugar when you find you are all out. Once you are all settled in, it will definitely be worth it to go out of your way to get to know those who live near you.
Enjoy the new beginning
Life is always changing. While most people are resistant to change, it is impossible to avoid. Moving is a big change but also a new, fresh start. It’s good to remember the past, but maybe more important to embrace your new future and home and look forward to the things to come!
When you’re planning a move, follow these tips to help reduce the stress that is often associated with moving. And, when you are searching for a moving company in Columbus, Georgia, contact Helping Hands Moving Service!