Moving is considered one of the most stressful experiences in a human life, next to a death in the family or a serious illness. While moving can often improve your life and make it better in the long run, moving day can be a little stressful. From packing boxes, to cleaning up, to communicating with your movers, there’s a lot to do on moving day. Here are our top 5 ways to have a stress-free moving day.
1. Hire a moving company.
Some people like to save money wherever they go, but moving day is not one of those days you should do it yourself. Aside from potential injuries and breaking your personal items, it’s extremely stressful to move yourself and you may not be able to accurately estimate the amount of time you need to load and unload the truck.
Professional Vancouver movers know how big of a truck you’ll need, how to pack and secure your belongings, and how to get the truck unloaded before dark. Do yourself a favour and hire some movers!
2. Pack a bag of essentials to go in the car with you.
Some people pack everything they own away into cardboard boxes, only to find they need to dig through everything to find a toothbrush. You should pack an overnight bag with clean clothing, toiletries, medications, and a towel to bring with you to the new house.
You’ll also want to have the shower curtain, toilet paper, paper towel, tape, and garbage bags easily accessible on moving day. Keeping these items close at hand will help you to have a less stressful day.
3. Clean and prepare the new house ahead of time.
Oftentimes, you’ll have a period of overlap where you can go into your new house to clean and paint. Make sure this is all done before moving day — not only is it less stressful, it’s also much easier to accomplish when there’s nothing in the house.
A typical pre-moving cleaning involves vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning the surfaces and fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen. If the last people to live there left the place in a bad state, you may wish to hire a professional to ensure your new house is clean for when you move in.
4. Pack everything ahead of time.
You’d be surprised at the number of people who are still packing come moving day. Not only is this stressful, you’ll also run the risk of doing a bad job when you’re rushed.
You should start packing a large house 3-4 weeks before moving day, and aim to have everything packed a few days before moving day. You’ll want to make sure to leave the essentials, like your toiletries and clothing until the day before, but almost everything else can be prepared before moving day.
5. Pack a lunch.
Moving is surprisingly strenuous, even if you hire movers. You’ll likely be running around the house (both the old one and the new one) and expending a lot of energy.
Make sure to eat a big, nutritious breakfast in the morning, and to pack or plan for lunch midday. If you forget to eat, you may find yourself “hangry” and stressed out. Even if your lunch is a simple tuna sandwich eaten in the car, you’ll be in a much better state to tackle your move.