How to Eliminate Stress Associated With Unpacking After a Move

Moving into a new space is exciting. It offers a chance to start over with the design and the placement of your possessions. However, seeing all those boxes on the floor of your living room and countertops of your kitchen can be overwhelming.

Unpacking is one of the more tedious parts of moving, but it doesn’t have to be dreaded. These tips for eliminating the stress associated with unpacking will allow you to focus on all the more exciting steps ahead.

Eliminating the Stress of Unpacking

Unpacking tends to quell much of the excitement of stepping foot in your new home for the first time. There are several steps you can take to simplify the task of unpacking, making it less stressful for yourself and your entire family.

Declutter Before you pack

The first step to minimizing the stress of unpacking is to reduce the amount of unpacking you have to do. One of the common steps of the moving process is to donate or give away items you do not think you will use in the new home. Take a bit of time before the move will make unpacking after the move easier.

Unpack What You Need

Of course, you’ve packed your essentials box… the stuff you know you’ll need in the first day or so. But, you’ll quickly realize there are other items you don’t want to live without. These may be certain clothing items, or cooking supplies, or other things. Tackling these first and living without the other items that are not immediately essential may provide another layer of decluttering. Also, by getting those most important items out first, you can give yourself permission to slow down on the rest.

Organize Your Boxes

You’re probably tired of constantly organizing by this point in your move. However, placing your boxes in the rooms in which they’re going to belong can eliminate a lot of stress.

Keeping all of your boxes in one room can create an overwhelming stack of your possessions. Spreading them throughout the house in an organized manner allows you to tackle one room at a time without constantly being reminded of the other work you have to do. Don’t open any boxes until they’ve been put in the right place.

Set Your Furniture First

Moving involves transferring items large and small. Set all the large items, like furniture and major appliances, in place first. This helps reduce clutter during the unpacking process.

Setting your furniture in place first is another way to see which items are essential. You may realize that you like your coffee table even more without all the knick-knacks you previously had on it. Now is the time to donate, sell, or store items that made your old residence feel cluttered.

Take Your Time

You may feel like you’ll finally be able to relax when the entire house is unpacked. Trying to unpack everything in a day or two will only add more stress.

Allow yourself time for the unpacking process. Spend one day setting up the kitchen, another day in the kids’ room, and so on. It’s likely you have a long time to live in your new home, so it doesn’t need to feel complete immediately.

Ask the Experts

Hiring a professional moving company is one of the best ways to relieve the stress associated with moving. Moving professionals can help in far more ways than simply lifting heavy items.

Movers are experts at safely packing your possessions and unpacking them at your destination. You can expect them to completely unpack your items much faster than you could on your own. Then, you can step in and organize them the way you prefer.

How to Transfer a Vehicle to Your New State When You Move

When you move to a new state, there are certain things that you need to do in order to get on the right side of the law. One of those things is transferring your vehicle title and registration from one state to another. We’ll walk you through how this process works so that when it comes time for you to make the big move, all of these steps have been taken care of for you!

Vehicle Documentation

In order to complete the transfer, you’ll need the vehicle title certificate or loan documentation from the current state, current auto registration, and proof of residency in your new home. As part of the process, you will need to sign the old state vehicle documents over to yourself as a resident in the new state.

Proof of Car Insurance

For many states, before you can transfer a vehicle title and registration, you must provide proof of insurance. While your car my technically be covered for a period of time under the prior policy, most states will require an in-state policy be in effect prior to the vehicle transfer

Proof of Residency

Generally, you’ll go through the process of obtaining your state identification, before you transfer a title. This is usually a driver’s license. These will also be the steps requiring proof of residency. For this step, consult with the state DMV. You should expect to have a utility bill with the new address, social security card or passport, lease, or bank statement with your current address. The various documents can change from state to state and usually require multiple documents to complete the proof of residency.

Vehicle Inspection Report

A vehicle inspection report from a certified testing station if required by law; you’ll need to check your new state’s DMV for requirements. If not required for the initial registration, these are often required to renew registrations later. So, it is a good idea to become familiar with the process.

A Visit (or 2) to the DMV

As digital as the world has become, you will inevitably have to show up at the Department of Motor Vehicles as part of the process for both the new state ID as well as the car registration. Since weekends are normally overly crowded, see about a week-day visit. It may also be worth calling the DMV in your area to see if they can suggest less busy times.

It may sound like over-planning, but you should get all your documents together the day prior to your visit. Take the time to check what you have against the DMV requirements. You’d be surprised how many people have to return to the DMV because they mist one small piece of paper.

Taking it another step, organize the information. The more familiar you are with the documents the faster you’ll be able to get through the vehicle registration process and get your new license plates from the DMV.

Final thought… bring something to read. You may be at the DMV a long time…

Getting Pets Ready For A Move

Household domestic pets key in quickly on those activities that anticipate a change. A house full of moving boxes and the sound of packing tape signals a life-altering event and can be stressful for pets. You can take steps to make the transition easier for your four-legged friend.

Accustom Pet to Cases

Provide a number of bins into the older house a couple of days before you should commence packaging. Let your pet explore them in their own time and their way. If cats are still skittish around the boxes, spray one with catnip to make the smell more inviting; if dogs are nervous, place treats in one of the boxes. Allow pets to be with you when you pack rather than isolating them.

Acquaint With Provider

If your dog hasn’t traveled significantly in the car, you’ll want to acquaint these with their pet seating, crate or provider. Begin by putting treats, food, or a favorite toy in the carrier. After the pet has begun exploring the carrier, try shutting the door and carrying it around the house. Finally, put the pet into the carrier, crate or seat and go for short drives.

Go to the Vet

Prior to deciding to relocate, get copies of your respective records if you’ll be transforming vets. Make sure the microchip and ID tags are up-to-date in case the pet gets lost during the move. After the move, schedule a get-acquainted visit if you’ll have a new vet. Maintain Routines
Keep routines as regular as possible both as moving day approaches and afterward when you are in your new home. Meals, playtime, and walks should be at the usual time.

Confine On Shifting Time

Although moving firms are there, confine your furry friend on the space that you’ll load last or keep him having a neighbors or his favorite sitter. Pets can become nervous with all the chaos and may bolt. Also, feed them lightly on moving day.

Acclimate to Home

When your new community is near your older one, walk your pet dog there before the move in order that he gets to be familiar with it. If not, be sure to walk with him on a leash once you arrive, patiently allowing him to explore the sounds, sights, and smells of his new surroundings. If he will have a fenced-in yard for the first time, supervise him for the first few days until he feels comfortable and carefully check to be sure he can’t escape through a hole. Some cats adjust slowly to new surroundings. Follow your cat’s lead and consider confining her to one room as a base camp for the first few days, putting her litter box there, and spending a lot of time interacting with her there. As time passes, her curiosity will allow her to feel comfortable exploring more of her new home. Be sure to pet-proof the new house, removing dangling cords and keeping doors and windows shut.

Create Familiar Space

In your new home, prepare toys and games, damaging articles, bed furniture, litter cases, along with other common things as similar to the placed in that old residence as possible.

Be Patient

Don’t expect perfection right away. Some pets can be overwhelmed at first. Re-enforce positive behavior. Be patient, and your pet will adjust.

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

There is a lot to do when moving. Much of it is not about the move itself but arranging for services, notifying people, and transferring information.

Moving takes a lot of planning. But, it can go a lot easier with a comprehensive moving checklist. Some of what is below will apply to any move, some items are for apartment movers. Some moving checklist items apply to those with kids or pets. Review the list below and take what is best for you.

Research Moving Options

Decide how you want to move

Professional Movers

  • Research moving companies in the area
  • Narrow list
  • Arrange in-home quote or virtual quote
  • Determine scope of service
  • Full service – packing to unpacking
  • Partial Loading to unloading
  • Determine items that may need additional damage protection

Self Moving

  • Determine how much you are moving
  • Will it be a single move more move over multiple trips
  • Reserve truck & equipment for moving date
  • Arrange for moving help – friends/family/hired help
  • For new area, drive/review the parking and unloading area to be familiar prior to move day

Arrange Permits & Permissions

  • City/municipal parking/loading permits
  • Building freight elevator and loading bay access
  • Apartment complex or closed community moving van access

Purging & Packing

Purging your items

  • Identify organizations that will accept donations & the types of items
  • If not already done, establish accounts with online sales sites
    • Craig’s List, FB Market Place, eBay, etc
  • Talk to friends & family to see if they want any item you want to purge
  • Sort through items and organize those to be purged
  • Stage by which organizations/people will receive them
  • Arrange for pickup or deliver items

Packing

  • Obtain/buy boxes & packing material
  • Packing by room
  • Be sure to label boxes on all sides
    • Room, items or category
  • Review packing tip videos
  • Obtain/buy boxes & packing material
  • Packing by room
  • Be sure to label boxes on all sides
    • Room, items or category
  • Do not overload boxes
  • Take photos of electronics’ wiring

Medical Resources

  • Arrange last examinations with current providers
  • Check insurance & the covered networks in new locations
  • Research / find doctors
    • Medical
    • Dental 
    • Eye
    • Specialists
  • Arrange for medical records transfer prior to the first visit

Kids & Moving

  • Arrange for day-of-move care
  • Pack “kids” box w/ items they’ll want upon moving into the new home.
  • Arrange post-move activities to give them something to look forward to.
  • Schools
    • Contact school administration in the new town
    • Learn process/requirements transferring students
    • Contact old school for record transfer
    • Learn about required residency documentation
    • Learn and arrange for vaccination requirements

Pets & Moving

  • Arrange for transportation
    • If by air, obtain require crating
    • Will pet need a sedative
  • A place for moving day
  • Research veterinarians in the new area
  • Research required vaccinations/tags for the new location
  • Arrange transfer of records from prior vet

Notify organizations & Utilities

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • US Postal Service
  • Gym memberships – cancel

 Notify People of New Address

  • Friends & Family
  • Professional service
    • Attorneys
    • Accountants
    • Financial planners/institutions
    • Insurance company
    • Employer (if staying)

Preparing Old & New Homes

  • Former home
    • Vacuum floors
    • Clean bathrooms & kitchen
    • Clear our garbage
  • New home
    • If possible, arrange for cleaning prior to move-in day
    • Arrange for any painting or new flooring

Why moving is so stressful

There are few things we do in life that are as stressful as moving. It seems no matter the reason we are moving, there is always a high level of stress. 

You get a great job in a terrific city. You are excited about the future. Yet, moving stresses you out. Even in the best of circumstances, we get anxious about the prospect.

The thing about moving is that there are so many aspects involved that at least one of them is likely to be a stressor for you. If you are subject to more than one of these, then moving can be can become overwhelming.

Here some of the main stressor events involved in a move.

  1. Leaving Friends & Family

Even when we are excited about a new location, leaving the place and the people with which we are familiar can cause anxiety. 

  1. Establishing new routines

When we move we have to establish connections across the spectrum of our daily activity. New grocery store, bank, social activities, hobbies, and other activities mean that we need to connect in an entirely new environment. This can be fun and exciting, but it will be stressful. 

  1. Meeting Deadlines

Many people are uneasy with deadlines. When these deadlines are a normal part of our routine, we become accustomed to them and work through our anxiety. But, with moving, there are a series of deadlines that are new to us, come fast and are often not negotiable. Not packing on time, missing a closing date, missing utility dates, etc, can all pile up on us. 

  1. Handling Finances

Money and financial issues, even positive ones cause angst. Moving usually involves large financial decisions well beyond the cost of the move itself. We are usually leasing or purchasing, and often selling homes. These financial transactions in and of themselves are challenging to manage. Combined with moving, as they normally are, they then the pressure can be tremendous.

What is the best way to deal with the stress of moving

Whether you are stressed by only one of the above, or all of them, there are ways to cope with the stress and make the most of your moving experience. Here are a few things you can try.

Plan Early

The steps you have to take for your move are the same, no shortcuts. The more time you give yourself to make your move, the less stressful the entire process will be.

Organize your move

By organizing your move, creating a step by step plan for your move provides a clear site into what is coming. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment as you see what you’ve completed along the way. Much of the stress in a move comes from all the due dates you have to get things done. Organizing your move with a checklist gives you a clear path to getting everything done.

You can work with your mover, to search for a moving list, but create a checklist.

Take breaks

Giving yourself periodic ‘breathers’ helps you handle the pressure and stress of a move. Unfortunately, we tend to get too caught up in the process and fail to give ourselves time to relax.

If you start early and organize your move, you can plan to take breaks.  This is important to help take care of yourself during the months of the process. Don’t underestimate the importance of self-care.

Even though moving is a very stressful process, and there are many good reasons for the stress, you can take steps to elevate your level of stress.

Hiring A Mover? Here Are 5 Questions to Ask Them

Moving with a professional moving company can take much of the stress out of the process. Of course, any major life event can’t be completely stress-free, but it can be made easier if you eliminate as many stressors along the way as possible.

Hiring a good, professional moving company is one way to minimize stress. Good movers can help you with all aspects of the move, from packing up the old home to unpacking and placing furniture in the new home. But, they do need to be good, reliable professional movers.

Here are 5 questions to ask to help you find the best movers for you. 

Do you subcontract the work?

When you do your research on a mover, you want to be sure the company you are researching is the company that is actually handling your move. If the mover subcontracts the work to individuals or other companies, you lose the continuity that a company can offer. It also becomes difficult to know who is accountable for the move. Ensure that the mover you hire handles their responsibility with their own employees.

May I Have Your USDOT Number & State License?

Every interstate moving company us a USDOT number. The US Department of Transportation maintains a record of the companies, their history and ensures they are a legitimate company. Obtain the USDOT and double-check with the USDOT website.

For local moves, your mover will be license by the state. As with the USDOT number, don’t just take the word of the mover, double-check the license number with the state dot.

Can you provide references?

All good movers happily share references to prospective customers. Be sure the references are for moves similar to the type of move for which you are hiring them. If all the references are for local moves and you are moving long distances, there may be a disconnect between the service the reference experienced and what you will receive. 

Do You Provide an Itemized Fee Schedule?

Good professional movers provide itemized costs. You will want a binding quote from the mover that includes the detail of the services provided as well as an itemized list of items being moved.

This is great for you because you know exactly what the cost will be. But, it also means you need to be clear about what you want to have moved, and what services you want. Last-minute additions to the scope of the move can cause problems when the final bill arrives.

What are the insurance options?

From a purely technical perspective, movers don’t have insurance for your belongings. Instead, they carry protection coverage. 

The standard coverage is $0.60 per pound of items moved or per article. Taking a quick look at your belongings, and you can see that this will likely not cover the full value of many items. This level of coverage is called “Release Value Protection.”

Ask about “Full Value Protection” from your mover. This level of coverage will provide compensation up to the full cost of replacing or repairing the item. There is no set rate for this coverage. It varies by the mover, so you’ll need to get specific quotes that include it.

Hiring movers can be challenging. But, asking some questions upfront can make the hiring process, as well as the entire move, go quite smoothly.

Hiring Professional Movers: 5 Reasons

Getting ready for a big move? Wanting to know whether you need to employ a shifting business? Moving requires significantly hard work, sufficient time, and some substantial preparation. It can be stressful dealing with it all on your own. While it might seem like it will save you a certain amount of cash by dealing with the full shift on your own, it’s usually better to abandon the job to experts as an alternative. Below are a few good reasons to work with specialist moving firms to help you in your large transfer.

1. Skilled Moving firms Are Dependable

Regardless of whether you’re hiring them for any household shift or perhaps an business office move, expert moving firms understand how to do the job and therefore are incredibly reputable. They’ll help make sure that your valuables are efficiently relocated, and they’ll make sure your things ensure it is in one point to another without problems or problems as you go along. While handling the move yourself or getting friends people help can seem to be like an excellent choice, you merely can’t surpass the trustworthiness supplied by expert and knowledgeable movers.

2. You’ll Save Your Time

Employing a good quality moving business is among the ideal way to create your transfer fast and easy. As the moving firms have a whole lot knowledge about packing, picking up, as well as other essential moving expertise they’ll be able to get it done in two enough time that it would get you to make it happen on your own. In case you have many commitments to cope with for preparation the move or perhaps in other parts of your life, you may be stretched for time. When you hire professional movers, more will get done in less time.

3. Expert Relocating Services Consist of More Than You Realize

Once you begin incorporating in the charges of creating a transfer all by yourself, it becomes clear that utilizing skilled movers is a perfect option. By way of example, once you shift on your own, you’ll usually have to lease a truck. Movers will provide their very own van to look in addition to the work you’re investing in. Whenever you hire specialist movers, you’ll be paying for a lot more than simply the labour fees. Once you work with movers, you’re spending money on the labor, the shifting motor vehicle, the preparing of things, as well as other important services.

4. It Will Take Less Work

When you really should take care of every little thing for that shift by yourself, it may take a lot function and energy to make it happen. Moving your furniture and personal valuables all by yourself could be strenuous and acquire plenty of energy. Handling everything yourself can also take away from your ability to plan other aspects of your move. Moreover, if you’re sensation a lttle bit in poor condition, it might take a cost on your own entire body to handle transferring and weightlifting of heavy items all on your own. Specialist moving companies, alternatively, are well-well prepared to complete the job and will deal with all that unenjoyable hefty picking up for you personally.

5. You’ll Stay Safe

Quite a few accidents and accidents happen in a move on account of a person attempting to relocate a sizable piece alone or without having an satisfactory amount of helpers. Mishaps are certainly not unheard of. Poor weightlifting also can result in back troubles and also other issues. If you want to make sure that you’re risk-free in the move, it’s a great idea to retain the services of expert moving firms alternatively.

Ready to Hire a Moving Company?
When you hire a moving company, your move will immediately become a lot less stressful. Because of the benefits listed above, a huge weight will be lifted from your shoulders, and you’ll gain back some of that excitement and anticipation for the big move once again.

5 Ways to Get Utilities Setup More Easily

Are you moving?

You’re used to having light & internet at your fingertips. But, you know they don’t just appear. You need to be sure you set them up before you move or your first night in the new place will be dark and boring.

Planning is everything, so don’t put it off

These 5 tip will help you get utilities set up and ready for your move in day.

1. Plan Ahead

Once you know your new address, get started.

Allow at least 4 weeks to work with companies. They all have different lead times, so call asap to find out when you need to schedule set up.

Here are the most comon utilities:

  • Water/Sewer
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Cable Television or Satellite TV
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Security Systems or Alarm System

If you have a local move, you can probably just transfer most of your accounts to your new home.

A long-distance move will require new accounts. This may require deposits and credit checks before things can get set up.

Even if the new place has utilities currently setup, you may still need to schedule appointments to have them turned on. This is especially true with gas and water.

2. Research Utility Options

In some cases, you won’t have a choice about your providers. But, more often now, even gas and electricity can have more than one provider. While the utility delivery company may be the same, the provider of the gas or electricity can be different.

Talk to landlords, real estate agents, and local residents. They can let you know about customer support, reliability, and maybe even costs.

3. Getting Utilities Set Up

Most companies have online setup processes. Check out the websites, or if you are more comfortable talking to someone, they’ll have customer support people ready to help. Just give them a call.

Water or electricity usually can be set up with you being present. Others, such as internet service will require you to let the service tech into the home.

4. Be prepared with questions

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Anything that isn’t clear, ask.

Take notes and be sure to have the names of people you spoke with and when.

With detailed notes, you’ll be able to check your bill against what was promised during the setup.

5. Seve Money

Don’t be shy. Speak up and you can save money.

Ask for a Discount

Ask about special discounts. For students, seniors and veterans especially, companies provide discounts. But, ask if there are any general discounts as well.

Renegotiate

Beware of special offers. These can be great ways to save money for the first few months, or even the first year. Just make plans to negotiate the rate increase prior to the end of the promo term.

Setting up utilities can be easy

Follow these simple tips, and setting up utilities won’t be a problem.

A How-To Guide on Moving to Another State Alone

As of July 2020, about a fifth of U.S. adults has moved or known someone who has moved within the year. If you’re among this statistic, you might be wondering how to implement a successful move. You may have various reasons for moving to another state alone, including job prospects, family or a sense of adventure.

Moving for a fresh start is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. With a strategic plan in place, you can make the move with stability and reassurance. Our how-to guide can help you determine the steps you need to take to move successfully.

Find an All-Inclusive Moving Company

A move to another state alone requires a lot of planning, and it also requires physical help. From packing up your belongings, carrying them into a moving truck and unpacking, it’s a lot you can’t do on your own.

Scheduling professional help is essential to move within your timeline and save yourself from damaged belongings. Packing is a unique skill that requires care to ensure all your belongings make the trip safely.

Find a long-distance moving company that can provide everything you need within budget. You’ll gain a variety of moving benefits, including a shorter timeline, safer process and storage solutions if needed.

Update Your Address and Paperwork in Advance

Before you move to a new city, save yourself a headache by preparing documents and paperwork ahead of time. You may not realize there’s an administrative side of moving, but it can take a lot of time if it isn’t done properly.

Before the move, make a list of all your subscriptions and essential mail. You can contact USPS to forward most of your mail, but it may not catch everything. Make a point to reach out to each person or service and provide your new address.

When you move to a new state, you’ll also have to establish residency. If you drive, that also means applying for a new driver’s license. Look into your sate’s requirements ahead of time so you come prepared.

Join Community Groups and Organizations

Moving to a new city alone can be very isolating. If you don’t know anyone in your area, it’s important to build a new support system. After your move, make a point to stay active in your community.

Consider the following options depending on what you enjoy:

  • Professional organizations
  • Volunteer groups
  • Local meetups
  • Coed sports teams
  • Neighborhood associations

Keep in mind that you may have to try a few options before you find a good fit.

Create a Solid Plan for Moving to Another State Alone

Before moving to another state alone, make a plan that you can stick to. As much as you can plan ahead of time will help remove the stress from a lot of change. Finding as much help as possible is essential.

Contact us today to learn how we can help with your cross-country move. We offer comprehensive services within flat, simple pricing.

What to Expect When Moving to the Suburbs

The appeals of moving to the suburbs seem virtually limitless: extra space, the lack of rent, free parking, and even quick access to wide outdoor space. However, dropping everything to move from the city to the suburbs is another thing entirely.

After all, if you’re not prepared, you risk your move becoming far more stressful than it should be. But what steps can you take to keep your move as easy as possible without breaking the bank?

Well, the answer is here. It’s time to take a look at what to expect when moving to the suburbs before you hire any home moving services! So let’s get started.

School Connections

One of the benefits of moving to the suburbs is easy access to public schools, but there’s a complication to that. Public schools tend to have specific geographic boundaries for students they’ll accept in regards to systems like school buses to and from school, so be sure you know how those boundaries operate before you move.

Some school districts also have feeder patterns (or a designated path for students in an area to follow as they go between grades) that you should learn about too.

Check the Utilities

Another important tip to prepare for your move to the suburbs is to test all the utilities in the house you’re moving to and make sure they work. This is because unlike city apartment buildings, if the utilities suffer a problem it’s on you to get someone to fix them (rather than your landlord).

It’s also a great idea to take some time to familiarize yourself with what utilities and tasks differ from the city. For example, the responsibility of gathering all of your garbage properly and leaving it for the trash trucks falls to you now.

Budget Before the Commercial Moving Services Arrive

If nothing else, make sure you account for the new expenses that come with living in the suburbs before you move. Public transportation is less common in suburbs, meaning you’ll need to budget to get a car or find some new mode of transportation.

You will also have to start paying property taxes since you are the sole owner of your house now, as well as the utility bills (in place of rent). While not as much of a cost-sink, making sure you have tools to take care of your lawn and keep it neat should also factor into the budget. Otherwise, you risk getting the local neighborhood association pissed at you.

Learn the Rules 

Going off that note, make sure that you know any rules set by your local neighborhood association if you are moving to a suburb with one. Failure to comply with said rules can lead to fines, being forced to make changes to your home, or even lawsuits.

Make Moving to the Suburbs Smooth

Now that you are aware of how to make moving to the suburbs from the city as easy as possible before home moving services arrive, you’re ready to make your long-awaited move. And if you need more help (or a moving team) along the way, be sure to give us a shout and let us know how we can help.