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Moving to Kansas City - Tips to Make Your Move Less Stressful.

Moving is stressful. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Whether it’s your first move or your thirtieth, there’s so much to consider and so much to do, the job can even overshadow the excitement of moving into fantastic new digs, so be prepared!

In an ideal world, there would be people poised to swoop in and handle relocations across town or across country. They’d take care of the packing and unpacking and everything in between. They’d even set up your new home perfectly, down to unloading the last box. And, they’d do all this for the price of a few pizzas.

Yeah, right! Since we live in the real world, it’s up to us to handle the details and take responsibility for making our own moves as stress free as possible. In the moving game, the best defense is a smartly planned offense.

Here are some great stress busters to help make your move go more smoothly:

  • Map out your moving strategy. Consider how much time you have, create an order in which to do things and decide a few projects you can complete before moving day to help spread the work over a longer period of time.
  • If you have pets, make some decisions on how you’ll help them during the transition. It’s never a good idea to just figure you can stuff your cat into a carrier and take off. Trust me!
  • Figure out how you intend to get from Point A to Point B. Do you need to get a rental truck, rope some friends into helping or even hire a moving company? Don’t wait for the last minute to make these command decisions and do get several quotes when money needs to exchange hands.
  • If you have to rent a truck or even hire movers, reserve in advance. Give several weeks notice if possible to ensure availability. There’s nothing worse than calling the day before a move and finding out there’s not a single rental truck to be had within a 100-mile radius of your hometown!
  • Start thinning out the load. Get rid of things you don’t need or don’t use. If an item hasn’t seen the light of day in years and it has no real value, sentimental or otherwise, chuck it. Those bellbottoms were great in the 60s, but do you really need to pack them again?
  • Be sure you’re covered! This means checking insurance policies to ensure homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover your items during a move. Talk to your agent or buy a separate moving policy if you’re not covered.
  • Organize important papers. Put your paycheck stubs, tax forms, bank statements, medical records, insurance papers, and other such important documentation in one box or file. Make sure these go with YOU and not the movers.
  • Get your hands on boxes early and start packing in an orderly fashion. Clearly mark boxes for their destinations in your new home. Whether it’s the kitchen, den or your child’s room, it’s a heck of a lot easier to unpack when all the items in a box belong to that room and not the rooms two floors up!
  • Fill out post office change of address forms early and don’t forget to notify your creditors of a move. This means informing credit card companies, student loan agencies, anyone you have a subscription with and more. If this is done a few weeks in advance, the less you’ll need to worry about the day of your move.
  • Candlelight dinners are wonderfully romantic, but not during a move, so don’t forget to make arrangements with the utility companies. Make sure you’ve remembered everything from electric and telephone to water and cable.
  • Once you’re ready to move, don’t forget to leave cleaning supplies out to spruce up your old place before keys are turned in. Besides, cleaning supplies are sure to come in handy as you move into your new home.

The more you do in advance, the less you’ll have to do later. While no move is seamless, a well-prepared game plan can save you some gray hairs or at least having to unpack all 100 boxes to find the can opener!

by Tiffany Lewis, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc.

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