Planning to move? A move to a new home should be an exciting time; however, it can be fraught with worry, stress, and angst. Keep your move as smooth as possible when you follow these six tips to help make the transition seamless and successful.


1. Spring for Short-term Storage

Depending on your move-in schedule, it could pay to have an alternate place to store stuff. A self-storage unit provides a safe, secure, climate-controlled place for your things while you’re waiting to move in or out.

2. Pass Keepsakes Along

When you are packing your belongings for the move, consider giving cherished items to friends and family members. Many individuals have items they plan to eventually gift to someone else – why wait? Gifting your items now will make your load a bit lighter and give someone special more time to enjoy them.

3. Settle Your Pets First

Focus on getting your pets settled first. Moving with pets can be stressful, so make sure that you restrict your pets’ access during the chaos. Move your pets, and their belongings, swiftly, keeping them inside the new home until the move is over. Update tags immediately to help ensure your pets don’t become lost should they wander during the transition.

4. Take Time to Sort

Even if you have a tight timeline, take time to sort when packing. Start by creating a donate pile, trash pile and move the pile. Work one room at a time, and label boxes accordingly. Get rid of things that have been weighing you down, and give them to a favorite thrift store or charitable organization.

5. Get Rid of the Clutter

Moving someplace new presents an opportunity to purge and declutter your home. Go through each room, and get rid of items you haven’t used or worn in the past year right off the bat. Also, take time off from shopping for new items until you are settled in your new home.

6. Go Pro

The easiest and most stress-free approach to moving is to hire a pro. A professional moving company takes the frenzy out of moving, giving you the chance to sit back and enjoy your new place!

Make relocating to your new home as smooth and relaxed as possible by using these six tips for a stress-free move to your new digs. Talk with professional movers about estimates and options before packing, as many moving companies offer the services you need but may have restrictions you should know about.