Moving home is a stressful job. And it is not the fact of moving your home alone that causes it, it is the sheer amount of work and effort it requires to plan, organize and pack everything from one place and have it moved to another. Keeping a cool head and a good vision of what needs to happen can prevent a lot of that stress and help speed the moving process. It is important to follow certain steps to ensure a smooth endeavor.
Every moving process should start with research for a moving company. Depending on your budget and the time you have to make the move, there are few options available here:
• do it yourself – choosing this option can save you money, but also leaves all of the work to you and any good friend willing to offer helping hand. This means that someone should have the license to drive a truck, be prepared to pack and load everything onto the vehicle, and then unload it to the new location. You will need a very good estimate of the amount you will move, as renting a smaller truck can mean second trip and that costs money. This is the option that gives you most control over your time and is the most economical one.

• ‘You pack and load; we drive’ – this option exists for people who do not like the hustle of driving a truck and wish to save money on a full move service. A truck or van will be delivered to your home, where you will load your packed stuff. A company driver will then take it to the new location, where you unload them.

• Full service mover – this option can help you, if time is short or you need to move a very long distance. Professional movers offer a good range of additional services. For example after charging some extra, they can not only load and drive, but also pack your belongings, assuring their safe and steady transportation.
After you have chosen on how to move, it is time to prepare the packing supplies. Make sure you get everything you need and in right number too. Most of the packing will be done in boxes, so order those in bulk. If you are planning on reusing old boxes, make sure they are in good shape. Some specialized containers will be required too – for your dishes and other kitchen equipment for example. Bubble wrap and furniture pads will be needed to protect fragile cargo. Don’t forget to label everything properly on the side – you want boxes to be easily recognizable so that you arrange them better and then organize them in the new house when you unload. A good thing to consider is a hand cart, especially if it is you doing most of the moving.
Take special care in separating your valuables from the rest of the cargo. They can easily get lost in the pile of boxes and finding them can be a real stress. Such items include jewelry, important documents, and money in cash, all of which is best transported personally.
A good idea is to have your essentials packed in few boxes and loaded last. Those are the things you will need on your first day in your new home, so having easy access to them can help you settle faster when you arrive. Consider packing enough clothes for few days after you arrive.
As moving day nears, make sure the moving company’s arrival times are confirmed, as well as the destination to take your belongings to. Take inventory of everything you have packed and everything you load. This will ensure nothing gets lost in the moving process.
Before the move is finalized, make sure you check all of your boxes and furniture for any damage. This also includes any appliances and electronics, to see if they are working properly. Making a claim to your insurance company or mover should be done as soon as possible after a move, or it may be rendered invalid.
A lot of effort is required for a move, no doubt about that. Following all of the above steps, however, can ensure that after everything is done, you can finally welcome yourself in your new home and finally relax.