How to Keep Your Sanity While You Move Out of State
Moving out of state can be a painful experience. You’re not just leaving your home behind—you’ve also got to figure out what parts of it you can bring with you, and how you’ll bring them. Even after you’ve packed up the truck, you’ve still got a long drive ahead of you, and once you arrive at the destination, the unpacking process begins. This is no easy task, but with careful planning and a good amount of forethought, you can keep this move going smoothly and stress free.
Here are a few ways you can start to eliminate the stress of an interstate move and make your transition as stress- and worry-free as possible:
- Minimize What You’ll Bring
Having a yard or garage sale is a great way to get rid of any unneeded items, and you can find several local charities that accept donations of clothes, toys, books, furniture, and appliances. But the first step is going through your home and deciding what you want to keep, and what you can stand to get rid of. On moving day, you’ll be happier and healthier for every item that you’re able to shed.
- Start the Pack and Planning Process Long in Advance
The earlier you start getting your things into boxes and planning out your move, the better off you’ll be when the day comes. Forward planning is the most important part of any move, and the easiest way to keep your sanity during this process is to have every part of it planned out and organized.
This won’t be an easy job no matter what, so the more details you can have worked out before any actual work starts, the better your work flow will be, whether you’re hiring professionals or working with family and friends. Speaking of which…
- Decide Whether or Not You Need to Hire a Professional
If the job is too big, complex, or complicated for you to handle on your own, you may want to hire the professionals at Coastal Moving & Storage to take the stress of the move off of your hands. We have professionals who can handle every aspect of the job, from packing and storage, to moving and unpacking. You don’t only need to consider this possibility if you’re moving more than you can handle: it may also be your most cost-effective option.
Renting a truck for a one-way trip can increase rental prices by about 50%, and when you add on mileage and gas fees, that may end up being more expensive than hiring a professional. You’ll also want to consider the cost of any late fees, and be mindful of the fact that the job may take longer than you originally plan.