Get Out, Kicking and Screaming: A Guide to Planning a Move

Moving can be one of the most stressful things a person will do in their lifetime. Between all the packing, planning, and organizing–not to mention finding new living arrangements–it’s no wonder that people dread moving. But with a little bit of preparation and some help from this guide, you’ll be out of your old place kicking and screaming in no time!

Find a New Place to Live:

Figuring out where you’re going is the first step. Start by figuring out what your requirements are and then find listings that meet those needs. Be sure to take into account the location, size of space you need (or want), cost, whether or not there’s parking available on site for residents or if it will be street parking only, etc. Once you’ve found some places that fit your criteria, call them up for information about availability and get an application in! You’ll likely have a good idea which ones work best for you before they even answer the phone – just knowing these details can save time when looking around at properties in person as well.

Tips & Ideas:

  • Keep a list of places that have been pre-approved for you to look at. That way, when the time comes, all you need do is grab your keys and head out the door!
  • If possible, try to move on a weekday – it’ll be quieter and there will likely be less traffic than if you were planning a weekend move.
  • Take as much stuff with you as can fit in your car or truck so that only one trip is necessary instead of multiple back-and-forth trips between houses. This means packing up items like bedding, dishes, clothes, cookware–anything that doesn’t require any assembly before using (you don’t want to risk forgetting something!). Bring along tools needed for assembling furniture too; this will allow you to start unpacking in your new place as soon as possible.
  • Take time for yourself before and after the move–moving is a lot of work, but it’s also rewarding! You’ll need to be at 100% when packing up so that everything gets done without any hiccups, which can lead to frustration or forgetting things. Afterwards, take some time out with friends or family and have them come over for dinner; there are going to be days where you’re not ready (or able) for visitors until later on in the process – make sure they know this ahead of time!
  • If there are items that won’t fit into your car, such as large furniture pieces like couches or dressers, it might be a good idea to get some help from your friends and family. If you don’t have any who are available, there are companies that offer moving services – they’ll load up everything into their truck or van so all you need do is drive the car where ever it needs to go!
  • If possible, try not to schedule an appointment for when both you and the person having items moved at the same time; this will only create more traffic on busy streets during rush hour times–which can lead to even longer delays in getting your items unloaded once they arrive at your new place! It’s better if one of you arrives first before setting off for the other location.
  • Packing Your Stuff: There’s really no way around it when you’re moving – packing will be involved! Start by boxing up the items that are the most fragile and breakable to ensure they don’t get damaged in transit. Make sure not to forget anything important, such as chargers or books – these can easily slide underneath something else if left behind during a move.
  • Unpacking Once You Get There: When you arrive at your new home, take some time for yourself before unpacking so that you have enough energy for tackling everything once there. The best thing to do is go through each room one at a time and unpack just those boxes first; this way any heavy lifting won’t happen all at once (and leave your back sore!). Take things slowly with delicate pieces of furniture and remember to put away any tools you brought along for assembling furniture as well.
  • Packing Up Your Old Place: It’ll be time soon enough, but there are a few things that will make the process smoother; like getting rid of anything and everything that might not work in your new place or could cause problems later on down the line. Don’t forget about pets either – if they’re going with you, get them into their carriers so it’s easier when packing up!

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