Depending on your circumstance and personality, moving to a new home can either be stressful or exciting – or both! Sure, there’s a lot to do, but that doesn’t mean you should let anxiety take over and ruin the adventure inherent in moving somewhere new. At North American Van Lines, one of the top national moving companies in Canada, we’ve been helping our customers move for over 80 years – so we know a little something about the process. Here are four tips to help you make the most of your moving experience:
- Create a plan. The most stress-free of moves will still feel chaotic without a plan. Make a to-do list and place each task somewhere on the calendar. If you can’t seem to find time to do everything, call in reinforcements! Plan a packing party and invite your friends and family, or hire a moving company to assist with the tasks you can’t do on your own. Whatever you decide, being organized in advance will help you understand what needs to be accomplished – and by when.
- Do your research. By the time your move is complete, the Internet will be your best friend! Use it – and recommendations from friends – to research a variety of moving-related topics. First, you’ll want to research national moving companies in your area. Evaluate movers based on a variety of factors, including reputation, experience and rates. Next, use online tools to calculate your moving expenses and create a budget. Finally, prepare for living in your new home by researching your destination city and surrounding area.
- Label boxes carefully. Keep anxiety low by knowing exactly which belongings are in which boxes. In other words, when packing, label boxes with as much detail as possible! Not only should you include the type of items inside (e.g., cutlery, stoneware, toiletries, etc.), but write in bold letters the room where the box should be placed upon arrival to your new home.
- Unpack immediately. The process of moving can be tough – so it’s tempting to put up your feet and relax once you get to your new home. If you’ve hired movers to unpack for you, go for it! If not, you’ll want to set a plan to get your boxes unpacked as quickly as possible. It’s hard to fully settle in with boxes stacked high around you.
As one of the top national moving companies, North American has more than 80 years of experiences helping families move across the country. Contact us today for a range of services related to your move, including packing/unpacking, loading/unloading, transporting, storage, shuttle services, crating and more.