6 Tips for Managing Moving Day Stress
Worried about being buried under packing boxes and tied up in tape? Don’t know a local locksmith, utility company or babysitter to keep your kids busy while you’re undergoing one of life’s most stressful events?
We know moving into a new home is exciting and daunting and crazy-making all at once, but it doesn’t have to be. Abio agents have moved plenty of times themselves and know a wealth of ways to make your move smooth. Did you know that a person in the U.S. is expected to move about 11 times in his or her lifetime? After reading these tips, you’ll be ready for at least one of them!
1. We love this curated New House Checklist. It covers everything from which moving day essentials you should have on hand (toilet paper, trash bags and Band-Aides) to which tech you should consider when setting up your smart home (routers, Ethernet cables, Nest, security cameras).
2. Speaking of moving day necessities, we also like this list of additional items you should keep by your side. Don’t forget the cell phone chargers, paper plates, cleaning supplies, paper towels, a change of clothes, tunes and a portable speaker. (The JBL is small but has great sound). Bonus tip: Try this playlist for your packing and unpacking listening pleasure.
3. Check out this “How to…” video about packing hacks by Dave Hax. His tips include cutting holes in cardboard boxes to make them easier to carry and taking pictures of your electronics wiring before you take it apart. (Hax’s British accent alone might soothe away your moving day anxiety.)
4. Line up a take-out meal for your first dinner, and make sure one of your first acts in your new house is placing celebration wine, beer or bubbles in the fridge. (Priorities, right?) One of the newer meal delivery services is UberEats.com, which partners with dozens of East Bay restaurants. Go online to order pizza to sushi.
5. Purge as you pack prior to moving day. You probably won’t have time to do the whole Marie Kondo decluttering system, but definitely dump or donate the obvious stuff like broken Christmas lights, that lawn chair you never got around to fixing, books you won’t read again, outgrown kids clothes and toys. You’ll thank yourself on moving day.
6. Don’t forget the kids. (Literally. Make sure you leave room for them in your box-filled car.) Prep children early by taking field trips to the new house and neighborhood. Ask your kids to pack a special suitcase of stuffies and a few toys they’ll want to introduce to the new house right away. And get a babysitter or mother’s helper for moving day. Don’t have anyone to help? Try these sites: Sitter.com, SitterCity, UniversitySitters and UrbanSitter.
Coming Soon: Watch the Abio blog and website for more lists, tips and resources for your exciting move.
For more moving day guidance, contact any of our Abio Properties agents at 888-400-ABIO (2246) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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