Well the title may be exaggerated a bit, but with careful planning you can make your relocation run relatively smoother. There are tons of ways that can make your moving out difficult but it takes only a few steps to ensure that everything is accomplished the way you want and relatively easier at that.
Planning ahead is always recommended. Problems will tend to come up even if you’re properly prepared so image how much more you will be flustered or stressed if you are caught unaware. There are a couple of moving tips that we could share to help you plan your relocation smoothly.
Let’s start off with some packing tips. When packing your things make sure to pack light items in small boxes. Reserve the large and heavy ones in the bigger boxes. When packing photo frames and plates make sure to place them in a vertical position since piling them on top of the other might cause the lower plates to crack or break. It would be a good idea to cushion the plates with bubble wraps, old newspapers, or even with blankets. It’s way better to be cautious rather than be sorry afterwards.
Provide a separate box for the bare essentials like toiletries, flashlights, can opener, paper plates, utensils, cups, etc. Think of the first things that you will need when you arrive at your destination and place them there. When you arrive you won’t have time or the strength to unpack all your things at once. Having a quick access to your basic needs would be a good idea. This idea of having quick access also applies to your bed sheets. You will probably need to prepare a good bed to sleep in once you get to your new home. Sleep is most likely the first thing that comes to mind after the movers unload all your boxes.
Your light bulbs need to be cared for as well. When packing lamps, be sure not to include the bulbs. Remove the bulbs and pack them separately to avoid any further accidents in case the bulbs break during transport.
When you’re transporting a computer, make sure to allow it to acclimatize with your new surroundings before turning it on. The sudden change of temperature might affect the various electronic chips inside. The same probably might be true with other electronic appliances so it would be better to let them stay turned off for a couple of hours at least.
After packing the small things let the professional movers handle the loading of the boxes and the rest of the stuff. You hired them for the purpose so let them do the work since you’ve laid down everything for them in the first place.
Now, aside from preparing physically the move, you might also need to consider planning the possible psychological problems the relocation might have on your family. Your children, more specifically, might harbor some resentment to the move since they will be leaving behind their friends and school. The best way to overcome this problem would be to time the move during the summer when school is out. Also, allow the kids to be involved in the relocation process as much as possible.
Relocation maybe one of the hardest decisions you have to make. But if you think the action will benefit you and your family in the long run, then the decision will pay off eventually. Properly inform your family about the situation and explain it them honestly so they will understand the reasons behind the actions. Taking the first step is always the hardest.