Moving is stressful, as anyone can attest. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, there’s many things to do that will make your blood pressure rise. Zillow.com
profiles the most stressful moving tasks.
Packing and Unpacking is number one on the list of most stressful tasks, not surprisingly. Americans have lots of stuff, and the longer you live in one place, the more you accumulate. Minimize your stress by beginning to purge extras and unneeded items well before your move. Donate them to Goodwill to help others and get a tax-deduction, or check with friends to see if they can use your cast-offs.
Loading and Unloading a truck without movers can be more than just stressful, it can be painful. Even if you aren’t going to hire people, make sure you get at least one other friend to help you carry the heavy stuff. Be sure to pay them with beer and pizza at the very least to stay in their good graces. Borrow or purchase the right tools for the job like a dolly and packing materials. When it’s time to load the truck, pack items tightly so things don’t shift and you can cut down on the number of trips. Driving the truck itself is another source of stress. You’ll need to allow more braking room, make wider turns, drive slower, and watch for overpass, bridge and tunnel height limits.
Believe it or not, one of the most stressful parts of moving begins before you ever sign a lease. It’s finding your new home. So start researching potential neighborhoods well before you plan to move. Look at the schools, if you have kids, commute to your job, etc. A free apartment locator
can help you narrow your search and find apartments, saving you time and money.
Cleaning out your closets, cupboards, and pantry are another dreaded task, which can be lessened by working to cook all the leftover canned goods, pasta, rice, etc. in your pantry in the weeks leading up to your move. Cleaning out your closet and giving away items that haven’t been worn in a year can also help. Speaking of cleaning, cleaning your new home is another source of worry and frustration. Luckily, it’s something your landlord should take care of if the previous residents didn’t leave the place in move-in condition.
It sounds like fun, but shopping for items for your new home, from small items like accessories to large ones like furniture, can be a source of major tension, not to mention expense. Often, because you need the items right away, there isn’t time to hunt around for the best price. Alleviate this by doing your research and buying whatever you can in advance of moving day. Make sure you take careful measurements of your new place, down to the doorways, to be sure items will fit.