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A Homeowners Guide: How to Make Moving Less Stressful

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Whether you've finally decided to go and buy your own home or have found a new apartment in the city with a great rent rate, you're eventually going to have to go through the arduous process of moving all of your things to that new location. Not only can relocating come with a significant amount of emotional baggage, especially if you're moving far away from your friends, family or simply the town you grew up in, the actual logistics of physically transporting a host of furniture and possessions across large distances is enough to make almost anyone want to tear their hair out. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to make moving day, when it finally arrives, a far less stressful experience for everyone involved.

Plan ahead:

Preparing and writing up a game plan well before it's time to go can save you a world of hurt later on. This entails you writing out a meticulous, step-by-step program that includes figuring out what you want to pack and in what order, what you want to get rid off beforehand and how you want to go about transporting all of it. Organising it so that you group similar items into the same boxes means you'll be spending less time trying to find things again later. Also, asking your friends whether they'll be able to help ahead of time means they'll be able to schedule it in and are a lot less likely to bail when the day comes. 

Get rid of things you never use or need:

When you live in one place for a long time, you often accumulate a lot of things you hardly ever use. For one reason or another, you may have a second toaster stored away in a cupboard somewhere that you never knew about, or maybe you're still holding on to those framed but terrible pictures you drew when you were a kid and don't even hang up on the wall anymore. By dumping this stuff now, you'll not only ensure that you have fewer things to move, but you'll prevent another pile of junk from accumulating in your new place. Selling some of this stuff will also land you some petty cash you might be able to invest into the moving process. 

Enlist the help of a moving service:

While rounding up a group of friends and their cars to help you manually move your furniture and things from your old place to your new place can save you some money, it may also add another dose of unneeded stress. Sometimes, for example, you may struggle to fit everything into a car and be forced to unpack and repack. Other times, your friend may get lost on the way to your new home. With this in mind, enlisting the aid of professional moving services may be worth it. Their trucks are big enough to accommodate and move most, if not all, of your possessions in one or two trips. They are also very useful if you're moving great distances that your friends may not want to drive.