How to Relocate on a Short Timeline
People move out of state for several different reasons. Whether it’s because their employer is relocating them to a new office, or they are moving in with a loved one, or they are making the choice on a whim – the reasons are varied, and therefore the time frames vary as well. It takes some families years to plan, prepare and make the move – while other individuals may be informed by their employer that they’re moving next month. How does one prepare for a last-minute state to state move? We are here with tips on how to make your last-minute relocation less stressful.
Tips for Last-Minute Moving
If your first reaction to a last-minute move is to panic, take a deep breath and read on. How am I going to get all my stuff from one place to another in such a short period of time? Ideally, most families need at least eight weeks to prepare for a move – but, what if you don’t have that much time? Here are some efficient ways to move stress-free:
Hire a moving company
If your employer is not arranging for a moving company to come and move for you, then you have a long list of things to take care of. Hiring a moving company to move your items will take a load off your back but you will probably have to shop around depending on the season in which you are moving. If you’re moving in the winter months, you may have an easier time booking a good moving company last-minute. If you are planning to move in the summer, you might need to have some flexibility. Most good moving companies will be very hard to book, so if you can offer some flexibility in the days of your move, then you will have a better chance of scheduling a reputable moving company. MiniMoves offers state-to-state moving for moves of all sizes and suggests calling as soon as you find out about your move.
Purge your stuff
Before you start packing, go through your home and purge. Get rid of items you don’t use, don’t need, or can replace in your new location. The more stuff you can get rid of, the less you’ll have to move. Whether you are throwing belongings in the trash, donating them, or selling them, navigate room by room and make three piles: keep, donate, trash. If an item hasn’t been used in more than a year – that is a good indication that you don’t need to bring it with you. If you end up hiring a moving company like MiniMoves that charges you for the number of boxes you are moving rather than minimum space in their truck, then you will also save yourself money!
Packing sounds like the most daunting task, and that’s because it is! But rather than packing everything you own by yourself; you have choices! One option is to call friends or family to come to help you pack. Either offer to pay them, or you can offer a meal and some good companionship. Your other option is to hire a full-service moving company who will come and pack up your belongings, secure large items, and then load them onto their truck and transport them to your new location. Moving companies that offer this service, such as MiniMoves, have trustworthy, experienced and reliable movers, additional insurance, and will handle your items as if they were their own.
The last bit of advice we have for you is to write down your moving checklist and have a plan to accomplish a few items per day until you’ve finished. We have a very handy moving checklist available on our website that you can download.