There are few things as terrifying as suddenly having to move. Without having done the proper prep work and getting used to the idea, it can be overwhelming even to contemplate. Still, this means it is all the more important to remain calm. And what better to keep you grounded than some helpful advice? To this end, we have prepared moving tips for your last-minute move!
Do not rush
When organizing your last-minute move, you will likely make some sacrifices. You might not even be able to ensure you have found the right moving company! After all, the selection process typically requires a lot of data analysis and interviews. So, with all the things you would need to give up on to make the relocation happen, it can be tempting to try and rush through the preparations. You might think it would allow you to give up on fewer things if you are quicker. However, this is a risky decision. Quite aside from the chances of damaging something or selecting the wrong company to work with (you still need some caution!), a much more severe risk is damaging your health. Extreme stress, lack of proper rest, and strenuous activity can all combine to put you into a hospital bed to recuperate.
Know what you need to take care of immediately
It is essential to settle some of your affairs before leaving your old home. You need to call off the utilities in your old home. And then call ahead to have them turned on in your new one. You need to have your family school and medical records taken out and prepared for transfer. You need to cancel your subscriptions bound to your current address and redirect mails to your future home. And finally, it is only polite and reasonable to let your neighbors know you will be moving. They could get worried if you disappear one day!
Make use of professionals
With how tech will reshape relocation in the future and how tech is changing the face of the industry right now, moving will just get easier and easier. Well, if you have the support of professionals! Thankfully, professional movers, at least reliable ones, are always exceptional at their job. That is why even if you are in an extreme hurry, they will be able to help you finish all your prep work well ahead of time. Packing, preparing the items for a move, even cleaning can all be left up to professionals. This would allow you to free up a lot of your time and focus on the logistics of your post-move life. You will also have the time necessary to reassure your family of the move's viability properly.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help
If you need extra help with your last-minute move, even once you’ve engaged moving company services, do not hesitate to look for it! Lots of people feel that sudden moves are not an emergency worthy of alarming the wider family over. However, it is not an exaggeration to say it can be as urgent and important as a medical emergency. And you would call your friends and family for help when it comes to that, right?
Leave fine planning for later
You will focus on getting your life in your new home planned out later. When organizing a last-minute move, keep the larger objectives in mind. Things like quickly finding a reliable moving company or making sure all your papers are in order. Even if you pack up in a hurry and throw your clothing and items into boxes haphazardly, there will be time to sort it all out later! You do not have time or leisure to fold up and label everything meticulously. And the same logic extends to the rest of your preparations!
Always have your essentials with you
Because your last-minute move is likely to be stressful and chaotic, it is easy to misplace important stuff. This is why it is crucial to set aside a duffel bag and put all the essentials into it:
- Several changes of clothing
- Basic toiletry items
- Your ID and other important documents
- Important medicine
In other words, everything you cannot possibly function normally without needs to be with you at all times!
Support your family through the move
Of all the moving tips for your last-minute move, this one is the most critical. Even if some of your other preparations suffer, you need to ensure your family is doing okay. This, of course, goes triple for the youngest members of your family. Your last-minute move will likely come as a severe shock to your kids. If they are still in elementary school or younger, they are probably still unable to process the whys of your move. So, they can quickly start to feel stressed or even resentful. They'd have to leave behind their entire lives and all the friends they had made, after all. The situation might not explode right away. But it is equally possible for them to have a breakdown in the middle of your moving preparations. This would not only be bad for the move but, more importantly, bad for your child’s mental health. Therefore, always take the time to explain things and reassure them.
Know how to handle your pets
In the process of organizing your last-minute move, you will inevitably run into some problems with your pets, if you have any. You see, pets are very sensitive, and they react to their general environment and their owner's mood. This means that they will likely react quite badly to the move if you are anxious or stressed. And with a last-minute move, it will likely be hard to avoid feeling that way! You will also not be able to dedicate the time to make sure they stay relaxed and happy. This is why the best solution is to get as comfy a carrier as you can and then keep it covered while moving. This provides the pet with a feeling of coziness and safety since it 'hides' them. Of course, once you have arrived at your new home, make sure to give them attention properly.
Knowing the moving tips for your last-minute move, you should be able to handle yourself just fine! Just remember to give yourself and your loved ones time to breathe. It would all be meaningless if someone gets hurt or sick in your rush to relocate.