Moving under any conditions can be stressful. Moving on short notice can amplify that stress. To minimize stress and get your move done on deadline, follow these pro tips:
Assess the situation to determine key information such as exact move-out and exact move-in days. Make a list with specific deadline dates. Not only will this give you an overview of everything you have to get done, but you will also have a plan for hitting milestones critical to your successful move.
NOTE: Don’t overlook the details beyond getting your belongings from one place to another, such as change of address forms, canceling services (such as internet and utilities), scheduling utilities activation at your new home, making child care/school arrangements, and organizing important documents for necessary updates.
Contact a professional mover as soon as possible. Selecting a moving company can be stressful, and reputable movers book in advance, so the earlier you call, the better chance you have of securing the date you want.
Load up on supplies. You’ll need boxes, tape, and other packing materials. The sooner you have them, the sooner you can start packing. Make sure you get enough, when working under a tight deadline, you don’t want to spend time re-supplying.
Don’t postpone packing, you can’t start too early. Even before you have finalized details with your moving company, start packing-up items that are not necessary for your everyday life. Make a commitment to get a certain amount done every day. By pre-packing non-essential items, you can avoid overwhelm as you get closer to moving day. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these packing tips.
Purge. Moving is a great time to downsize by getting rid of belongings that you no longer use or care about. Often friends, family, and charities will be happy with items that you don’t need, and once they are gone, you don’t have to pack them or move them.
Use a simple method of labeling boxes. This is a big help when unpacking, for example, directing the movers to put possessions in the appropriate room. This can also be helpful for making quick decisions during the packing process.
Ask for help. The support of friends and family can help you keep to your schedule and their company can help reduce stress. The old saying, “Many hands make light work,” can prove itself true when moving under a tight deadline.
Consider calling in professional help for tasks you might have done if you weren’t moving on short notice. For example, not only are professional packers and professional cleaners trained to be efficient but also they can free up your time for other tasks.
Keep a positive attitude. The reason for your move and the process of moving might not be fun, and you may come up against some frustrating roadblocks. Focus on the positive reasons for your move and the potential for good things once the move is complete.
Moving, with both long and short deadlines, is often accompanied by time-consuming work and stress. With a professional partner to help you organize, prepare, and do the heavy lifting, you will be ready and the move will go as smoothly as possible.
If you need help with a short notice move, you can depend on MVM Moving to step up and help you with the details that can get your move done on time. Our experience makes a difference when deadlines are tight.