Moving can be both exciting and stressful for homeowners. Beyond being financially draining, you run the chance of experiencing a lot of risks both with your belongings and with the home you purchase. The only way to be sure that you will handle these stressful and scary moments in the process of moving well is to prepare yourself for them in advance. No one wants anything bad to happen and especially not during a moment of peak stress like when moving, but if you prepare for it in advance, you can really cushion the blow. Through this article, we’ll provide you with a few common things that can go wrong in your move and what you should consider in planning how to handle them. If you follow our guide, you’re sure to handle these situations well, allowing them to resolve quickly with minimal stress.
Packing up your current house in time
One of the biggest challenges you have to face pretty early on in moving is that of your timeframes aligning. It’s so rare that your new house will be ready for you to move into in enough time to get the old one ready for its new residents. With as much advance notice as possible, you should either schedule the assistance of a moving company or enough of your friends to make the move in time and complete all the cleaning or repairs that may be required. This will help you be prepared to make the move in as short of a timespan as is necessary. To ensure your belongings are packed up in time to move them, you should start packing when you learn you’re going to move. Pack the items you’re not going to need before you move, like clothes for the next season or books or movies you won’t want to watch. By packing a little each day and starting early, you’re sure to get everything done with as little stress as possible.
Possessions getting damaged in the move
A big risk that every homeowner runs when moving is that of their property getting damaged. The more belongings you have and the farther you move, the higher your risk of damages. At the same time, if you do the move yourself or hire a low budget mover, you might get what you pay for, by which we mean poor services, untrained movers, and the potential for damages. When getting everything ready to be loaded in the moving truck, try to assess your furniture and possessions. Any furniture that doesn’t look like it’ll survive the move, you should consider tossing out and replacing after you get settled in; this is especially crucial for bigger items that are hard to move in the first place. It’s also a good plan to put the most delicate and/or priceless items you own in your personal vehicle; this will ensure their safety, as it’s easier to cushion them and pack them safely.
Replacing things that get damaged
Assuming something gets damaged, you’ll need to make preparations for how to replace it, especially if it’s a crucial item you’re going to need once you’re unpacked, like a bed. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself with a list of places where you can get anything you might need, should it be damaged. You can find a great selection of beds and other large furniture at a reasonable price online; some of these stores even offer next day delivery, so you can get it as quickly as you need it. Other items can be easily found at department stores or local specialty stores, depending on the need. As long as you’re prepared with a list, you won’t immediately panic when something gets damaged.
Start saving now
The best way to ensure that you’re prepared for any potential disaster that the universe can throw your way during a move is to start a preventative savings account now. If you have a pool of money you have saved to cushion the blow should disaster strike, you’ll be far less panicked and stressed if something comes up or goes wrong. Depending on how much time you had to save up your money, it might not cover all of what you need, but it’ll certainly be better than if you hadn’t saved anything at all. This is a good preventative measure and if you end up not needing it, you just have more money saved for something in the future. Every little bit helps, even if you only save a portion of your paycheck each pay day.
Buying and moving into a new home can be exciting but it can also be very stressful. There’s a fair amount of risk involved in moving your belongings as well, especially if you’re doing it yourself. Unfortunately, things happen, but it’s a lot easier to handle it when they do if you’ve preemptively made some emergency plans. In taking extra precautions to prevent damages from happening, making a list of places where you can replace anything that does get damaged for a reasonable price, making arrangements for the move in advance, and setting aside extra money to help in the event of disaster can all help you be prepared for anything the universe might throw at you during a move. It’s never easy to handle it when something goes wrong at a time when everyone’s stress is at an all-time high, but if you make preparations in advance it can really help to cushion the blow.