With many Americans’ planned moves being put on hold due to Coronavirus, it’s important to have a plan when trying to put things back on track. While many things have changed, some things still hold true. One of these things that still holds true is the need for a plan and a checklist for moving in order to make things as simple and painless as possible.
To help, we’ll break down things into manageable steps that any soon-to-be mover can handle.
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Tip #1: Find out Where You’re Moving
This sounds easy, but housing isn’t exactly plentiful if you’re on a budget or moving to a new city for work. You may need to enlist the help of a realtor or apartment broker to find something in your price range and with your desired amenities.
In many larger cities, apartments and rental homes are expensive and competition is fierce. This puts new residents and those without secure financing at a disadvantage. A real estate agent has the knowledge and the connections to find affordable housing and can even negotiate on your behalf for accommodations or lower rent prices.
Tip #2: Hire Long Distance Movers
If you’re moving out of state and taking a lot of things with you then it pays to hire long-distance movers to box everything up and bring it to your destination. If you’re moving for a job, then time is likely of the essence. In these cases, the extra expense of professional movers can help to solve a lot of the logistical problems of a major move. In a post-pandemic society, no one wants the hassle of figuring out what to do with all their things and making multiple trips back and forth.
Most professional movers practice the highest in safety standards and guarantee that their belongings will arrive in one place. This allows you to hit the ground running in your new destination.
Tip #3: Plan Everything Out
If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s to expect the unexpected. To help avoid the worst-case scenario it’s important to plan everything out to the best of your ability. This includes scheduling the movers early, calculating your expenses and leaving a little cushion for incidentals, and having a first-night survival bag in case your things aren’t arriving until later
Tip #4: Be Prepared to Wait
This is probably the most important tip and one that the pandemic has taught everyone well. If it looks like things may not work out, wait. Sure, you may be forced to move for a job or other situation, but in emergency situations, there is a good chance that employers, landlords, and others will be flexible.
The important thing to remember is that if you can’t plan for the unexpected, then it probably isn’t quite the right time to be making a move.
Hopefully, these few tips will make your next move a bit less stressful and help you be more prepared for what’s to come. As we deal with an ever-changing environment, the best thing to do is stop and think things through clearly and form a plan.