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When my husband found a new job several provinces away, I knew that we needed to move as soon as possible. I rushed to find boxes, tape, and a moving truck that I could rent myself. In the excitement and rushed state of the move, I ended up breaking a computer, several antique dishes, three vases, and a recliner. The move ended up costing me several hundred extra dollars on replacement items. When my small family needed to move again, I did my research. I found out how to pack correctly and I also learned how to use pods, storage spaces, and professional movers to my advantage. Not only was this move less stressful, but it was far cheaper. Learn from my research to make sure your move is stress free. You will find tips on my blog whether you are moving a household or relocating to a dorm room.

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Taking the Stress Out of Your Move

A Guide To Moving For First Time Movers

by Deann Wade

Are you being tasked with moving to your first home or apartment? Moving for the first time can be confusing, difficult and stressful. Fortunately, you can alleviate some of this unpleasantness by learning everything you can about the moving process. By preparing yourself well and following the below tips, you'll discover that moving isn't nearly as scary as it seems.

Begin Now With Planning

Your move will have unique obstacles that will need to be overcome. However, most of the difficulties that may arise can be avoided simply by planning everything out as soon as you can. Below are a few elements of your move you'll need to prepare for.

  • Will you rent a truck or hire someone? This is one of the most important questions that needs to be answered early during your planning phase. If you rent your own truck, you'll also need to enlist the help of friends and family to help you move all of your stuff. Conversely, if you hire someone, they'll supply the truck and do all the heavy lifting. This greatly simplifies your move and it's why many people think moving companies are well worth their cost. Decide which option you'll take, and make reservations with a reputable company such as Two Small Men With Big Hearts Moving Co.  
  • You'll be needing boxes. It always seems like there's never enough boxes when you're moving. You can be thrifty and get all of your boxes for free. Ask store owners if they have any boxes you can have. Even a small corner store receives inventory several times a week; they may even have some boxes waiting for you. Start collecting all the boxes you can so you'll be ready when it comes time to pack.  
  • Outline the logistics. Moves across town aren't terribly complex. However, a move to a new city can be very difficult. You'll need to create an outline of how you, your vehicle, and a truck (or two?) full of your belongings will reach your destination safely. If it's a trip that will span multiple days, find out where you'll stay each night and budget for board, food and gas. Really examine your move and try to plan for every financial requirement.

When Ready, Begin Packing

Once you've planned your move, you'll be ready to start packing as your moving date approaches. Some people start packing a month in advance, some start a week in advance. How soon you start depends on how much you own and how much time you'll have per day to devote to packing.

Once everything is packed, simply follow your outline and you'll have a completed move!

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