METCALF MOVING BLOG

February 15, 2018

Top 5 Things People Forget When Getting Ready for a Move

Along with job loss and divorce, moving is one of the most stressful life events. It can wreak havoc on your health and keep you awake at night.

During times of stress, people are prone to be more forgetful, and that’s certainly true during the moving process.

We’re going to take you through the top five things most people forget to do when moving so that you won’t be one of them:

1. Packing a Box of Essential Items

In the frenzy to pack up all of your belongings, it’s easy to pack up everything.

But what about clothes, bedding, medication, and other essential items you’ll need right away when you get to your new house?

You don’t want to be stuck looking through all of your boxes when you get to the new place. Pack a specific box or even a suitcase filled with essential items for when you arrive at your new home.

2. Properly Labeling Boxes

As we’ve said, moving is stressful. Packing up all your stuff can be tedious. It’s even more of a problem if you don’t label your boxes.

Labeling boxes might sound obvious, but it’s common to forget to label every box. You don’t want to deal with not knowing which boxes have what stuff, and where they should go once you get to your new place.

Clearly labeling each box will streamline the moving process.

3. Asking People for Used Cardboard Boxes

People are too quick to buy brand new cardboard boxes. Those things don’t come cheap when you need to pack up an entire home or apartment.

Getting free boxes is cost-effective, plus, it will save you the stress of purchasing new ones right before a move.

Don’t forget to ask neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers if they have any cardboard boxes you can use. You can also check at supermarkets and other stores.

4. Letting People Know You’re Moving

The important people in your life like family and friends should know of your plans to move.

But what about your neighbors? Your pet sitter? And the post office?

You don’t want to just disappear without warning. Give your friends and acquaintances at least a few weeks notice before you move.

5. Arranging Child and Pet Care

Taking care of kids and pets during a move is added stress you don’t need, yet, it’s something people forget about until the big day.

Arrange for your kids to be at a friend’s house or with a babysitter so you can focus on the move. The same goes for pets. Try and keep them out of the way, or ask someone to take care of them.

Moving Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore

Moving is understandably stressful, and it’s easy to forget critical things. Hopefully, you won’t forget these five things the next time you relocate.

For more moving tips, check out our blog. You can also contact us if you have any questions, or need help with your upcoming move.

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