Moving, whether you are doing it on your own or you’ve opted to hire a professional moving company – it’s a chore, no matter which way you look at it. Not only is it time-consuming, it can have negative physical and mental aspects, such as headaches, stress and backaches to name a few.
However, we hope to help you “lighten the load”, so to speak, by providing you with some helpful moving tips that will go a long way to help you alleviate some of the common moving ailments. By using a bit of common sense and a few of our uber-helpful tips, you can make your move a little bit easier.
When you are going to move matters
While you may be forced to move because of certain circumstances, such as marriage, “growing up”, buying a new house or getting a new job – moving in a fair-climate is recommended. Some areas of the country are more or less pleasant year-round, but other areas are plagued with seasonal rain, extreme heat or snow and ice – which can make the moving process either uncomfortable or even dangerous.
If you have a choice in the matter, it’s better to move in the spring or autumn months so that you can hopefully avoid hot summer days and the dangers of moving when travel is more dangerous due to road conditions.
Packing – the biggest chore
Packing is one of the “necessary evils” of moving that you must endure unless you plan on replacing nearly everything you own at your new destination. In all honesty, packing and unpacking is probably the hardest part of the move – and if you’re not hiring a company to do the packing for you – soliciting the help of family and friends for either process can help you out exponentially.
There are a number of packing tips that will help you to reduce stress and increase efficiency, we happen to have a packing tips guide ourselves on our packing tips for moving page.
Loading and unloading the moving truck or van
If you’ve hired a full-service moving company, your tasks and responsibilities are more organizational than physical. However, for those who are taking on the responsibility of using a one-way truck rental or who are borrowing vehicles to make the move, loading and unloading the moving vehicle(s) can be a weeks’ worth of working out in itself – and some of us just aren’t used to that type of activity.
You can save yourself a backache by using a little bit of common sense:
- Park the moving vehicle as close as is comfortably possible to your front door
- Have somebody in the back of the moving vehicle to arrange boxes (when loading) and hand out boxes (when unloading) to save wear and tear on your body from continually climbing in and out of the truck or van
- If you have a lot of help, creating a “chain” and passing boxes and lighter items on to another will make both loading and unloading the truck much easier
Using your kids to help
Truth be told, if you have a family with children that you are looking to transport, it exponentially increases the amount of things that you have to take with you and it can be a real pain if your kids happen to be at “that age” of unruliness or rowdiness. However, if your kids are old enough and strong enough – they can certainly help carry lighter boxes and at the very least, if they’re responsible, you can have them help you watch any younger children that are around.
Using friends and family
Friends and family are around for encouragement, fellowship and support – when you’re moving you’re going to need all of the “support” you can get. By getting help from your close-knit supporters, especially those of the “muscle-bound” variety with strong backs, you will be able to make the process of moving much more bearable; for the cost of a few pizzas and a cold beverage or two you may even be able to make the moving process almost enjoyable. A little bit of food, chit-chat and unpacking boxes… shouldn’t be too bad, right?
Making the drive to your new destination
Some people enjoy driving and don’t have a problem with driving a big-rig sized vehicle while it would be a terrifying event for others. First of all, if you’re unsure whether you would have a problem driving a moving van either across town or across the country – you should find somebody who is confident that they could handle it. If you can’t find anybody to do so, it may be in your best interest to hire a moving company; a few bucks out of pocket is better than getting into an accident or adding stress to an already stress-producing event.
Now, if you feel up to the challenge, you should be sure that you prepare yourself for the drive, especially if it’s several hundred or several thousand miles away.
If you’re going to make the drive yourself:
- Be sure you’re in good health. If you’re not feeling well, and especially if you’re taking medications that can make you drowsy, it’s better to have somebody else drive.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before you head out.
- Know where you’re going. Plan it out, print it out and allow plenty of time to get there, even if you have to stay overnight in a hotel.
- Check your planned travel route against known road construction to avoid unnecessary delays.
- Bring water and healthy snacks, possibly apples or the like to help keep you hydrated and alert for the drive.
If you’ve never moved before, especially when it’s a multi-room or multi-person family move, it can be an outright challenge on your wits. However, by using the tips in our moving guide you might find that your move really didn’t go as bad as you thought it would.