Moving is stressful, no matter how simple and streamlined the process is. It’s on the list of some of the most stressful events in a person’s life and moving across states can be especially stress-inducing. The uncertainty of moving to a new state can be difficult for individuals and families, so it’s important to take steps to help reduce and lessen the overall stress caused by your interstate move.
In this article, we’ll discuss six tips you can follow to help guide you through the moving process that can help keep your stress level to a minimum, or at the very least make moving a bit easier on you.
1. Conduct Research on Your New Destination
If you’re moving to an unfamiliar territory in another state, it can add another element of stress to your journey. You’ll want to make sure you conduct research on the immediate area so that you can be prepared when you arrive. For instance, you might want to know where local gas stations, supermarkets, hospitals, and convenience stores are in the surrounding locations.
2. Schedule Your Move in Advance
If you’re hiring a professional moving company, it’s important to schedule the move in advance. By doing so, you can significantly reduce the cost of moving and ultimately feel much more prepared for the big day. Keep in mind that certain times of the year, month, week, and day are cheaper than others, so it’s best to speak with your moving company to find out how they set their prices.
3. Stay Organized
In the process of moving, lists are your friend. The more organized you keep yourself, the better the outcome will be and the lower your stress levels will be. Of course, it’s equally important to step away from the list-making periodically to ensure that you’re not getting wrapped up in all the minute details.
4. Delegate Responsibilities
Moves are huge life events that require the help of many friends, family members, and professionals. In other words, don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, that’s your mind and body telling you that you need to take some time to regroup, relax, and recharge and hand over some responsibilities to someone else.
5. Plan for Important Changes
This tip goes along with conducting research, as we mentioned earlier; the more prepared you feel, the less stressed you’ll be. To make your transition in another state easier and more seamless, you’ll want to plan for the other important, pressing transitions that come along with an interstate move. Looking into schools, jobs, veterinary clinics, pediatricians, pharmacies, etc. is beneficial to do ahead of time so you’re not scrambling for a prescription refill or a vet appointment at the last minute.
6. Schedule Breaks
Moving can feel like a never-ending task – especially an interstate move; there is a long to-do list that seems to go on forever, and new items keep popping up every day. As a way of relieving some of your stress during this process, it’s important to come to a place of acceptance with what moving will be like for you. It’s not easy for anyone, and the stress won’t last forever. Scheduling breaks for yourself to go out to dinner, go to the movies, or go for a hike – whatever relaxes and recharges you – is essential to implement for your own sanity.
7. Bonus Tip: Make the Process Fun!
A great way to reduce the stress of moving and get friends and family involved to lighten your load is to have moving and packing parties. Hosting a packing party and scheduling some games and food between tasks is a nice way to make the process fun. Also, try to enjoy the excitement of moving to a new state – moving can be stressful, but it can also be exciting, so take it all in.
How We Can Help You
Here at Watford Moving & Storage, we have helped clients from Santa Clarita, CA, and the larger Los Angeles community make the transition to a new state. Interstate moves are stressful and difficult for many – you’re not alone. Allow our professional staff to make the process less stressful and easier in general. Please feel free to call us directly for more questions about how we can make your interstate move simpler, smoother, and more successful.