Your First Moving Day: 4 Things You Shouldn’t Miss

Your first moving day: 4 things you shouldn't miss

While moving out for the first time is exciting and fun, the moving process itself is less so. In fact, recent surveys from polling agency OnePoll found that 64% of respondents think of moving as one of the most stressful things they’ve experienced, with 45% saying moving is “by far the most stressful event in life.” This placed moving above even “going through a breakup or divorce” where stress is concerned! However, this doesn’t mean that moving has to be so immensely stressful for you, too. While it is always a tedious process, moving can be stress-free (or closer to it) with the right preparation. With that in mind, here are some things to keep in mind before your first big move that’ll make the whole process a lot smoother.

1. Your Movers’ Logistics

Although movies will have you believe that movers can just pull up to your curb and get to work, it’s often a bit more complex than that. AskMoney’s post on how to choose movers, outlines that you may actually need to reserve a service elevator or parking space depending on where you live. Since most movers use a variety of vehicles, you’ll want to find out which ones will be in play during your move. This will give you an idea of what space you’ll need to have ready for them. Additionally, having prepared for these logistical matters in advance will also prevent you from exceeding the hours of service you were quoted for. Most movers charge by the hour, so you’re better off optimizing each minute of the moving process, rather than taking up time figuring out how and where to load and unload vehicles.

2. Hand-carrying Your Valuables

Even if you trust your movers, it still pays to be extra cautious with your valuables. On average, about four items are damaged or broken with every move. This can be especially painful if the item in question is particularly meaningful or expensive. To prevent this avoidable heartache, simply commit to hand-carrying these items yourself. That way, you can keep an eye on these pieces first-hand, at all times. Alternatively, if your valuables are too large or cumbersome to deal with personally, consider at least exploring moving insurance. Insurance industry expert Gadi Biness explains there are several types of moving insurance that vary in cost and coverage. Essentially though, they all offer additional protection so that you get something in return should damage come to your valuables.

3. Your Pet's Comfort

Moving is a busy and loud process that can stress out any furry friends you may count as family members. In some cases, moves can scare pets or cause them to act out against movers. So, to make sure that this experience is positive for the whole family (pets included, of course!) offer a cozy crate or carrier for them. This should ideally be something they’re familiar with and comfortable in, as opposed to something brand new –– which means you may want to explore options well in advance to give your pet time to adapt. To help reinforce a positive association, an earlier article here on keeping your pet healthy and happy by Bob Jamison suggests putting treats and toys inside the carrier. Since your pet will likely need to be in their crate for the duration of your move, you’ll also want to account for their biological needs. This means providing access to fresh water and keeping internal temperature ideal. Under these conditions, your pet will stay calm and be more open to the idea of travel and a new home.

4. Preparing Daily Essentials

Even if you’ve expertly categorized your belongings, you likely won’t be able to sort through every box right away once you’ve moved. This isn’t a problem for things like décor or book collections. But it’s likely to pose a problem when it comes to finding the essentials. Thus, it’s recommended that you have at least two days' worth of daily needs separated. Lifestyle website The Spruce advises that these needs should include fully charged electronics, hygiene must-haves, cleaning supplies, a few sets of clothes, and some food. This way, regardless of whether your new space is truly “ready,” you won’t be caught without the items that’ll keep you safe and comfy. It’s easy for things to be overlooked amid the bustle of moving day. But it’s often these little details that can make all the difference in the end. To keep your first move smooth and simple rather than traumatic, some advanced preparations like the ones listed above are essential.

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