It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re moving. There’s a lot to keep track of, there’s a lot to sort through. Now imagine how compounded that must feel when you’re relocating with your company across the state or across the country. Not only do you have the typical stresses of moving, packing, and sorting, but you have to put a lot of trust into the movers and relocation professionals you’re working with.

If you’re either going to be relocating or helping someone with an upcoming relocation, Mobility magazine has some great tips to help improve the relocation process, making it easy and stress-free.

For both relocation professionals and homebuyers, the first – and most important – thing to remember is that planning is everything. Those who take the time to prepare are more likely to enjoy a successful move.

For homeowners who are relocating, relocation professionals and professional movers suggest the following tips:

  • Take an active role in the process, starting with the pre-move survey. Make sure you account for everything that needs to be packed and moved.
  • Do not include precious or valuable items in your pre-move survey. Items like jewelry, currency, important documents and photos should be something you keep with you during the move. Most valuation policies will not cover things like cash, jewelry or collectables.
  • Assess the value of your items before the move. Take video or pictures of everything you’re moving, then list the items in a spreadsheet with an approximate replacement value.
  • If you have expensive items, it would be a good idea to get a professional assessment of their value before the move.
  • Avoid moving plants. Many moving companies will not move live plants and some states have laws prohibiting moving them across state lines.
  • Be “present and engaged” on move day. Be available to answer the movers questions without distraction. Which leads to…
  • If you have young children, arrange for off-site babysitting services. Moving day is extremely hectic, and if your attention is pulled between the kids and the movers, it will make it much more stressful for everyone involved.

On the days leading up to move day:

  • Leave the clothes you plan to wear, along with toiletries, medications and other important items together in one location so that they do not accidently get packed by the movers.
  • Make sure to leave out special toys and clothes for your kids.
  • Take extra time to carefully identify where boxes are going, what’s in the box, etc. This will significantly help both you and the movers when you reach your new location.
  • Empty and defrost refrigerators and freezers at least one week before moving.
  • Remember to schedule your pets vet exams and get all vaccination and medication information.
  • Back up your computer to an external hard drive and transport the backed up files yourself.
  • Label all plugs, cables and wires so that when you’re unpacking you aren’t left with a mess of 8 different bundles of wires and no idea if they’re for the tv or the playstation.
  • Empty the gas and oil from all machinery that you’re transporting. Things like lawnmowers, snow blowers, etc.
  • Make a list of your contact information and other pertinent information that you would like your move coordinator and moving company to have.

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