We all know how stressful, tiring, and energy-consuming moving is. And, if you’ve ever moved before, you know how long it takes to move a full house as well. Ideally, you need a month or two to prepare everything and ensure a stress-free relocation. But, none of us live in an ideal world, and things do not always go our way. The same applies to moving. Sometimes, we do not have a month or two to prepare. Sometimes, all we have is one week. Are you the one who belongs to the second group of people? If you are, you are in the right place. We will share with you some tips and tricks on how to pack and move in less than a week and avoid many problems and breakdowns. Thus, if interested, keep on reading.
Take a Deep Breath, Then Start Planning!
There are two reasons why moving in a hurry happens – you either procrastinated until the last week, or you did not know that this particular last-minute move was supposed to happen. Either way, your move is one week away, and you must act quickly. And, how to do that? Well, first take a deep breath, and then start planning. Consider whether you need movers to help you out or you want to have a DIY kind of relocation. The first option is more expensive, but the second one will cost you more time. Figure out what is more important in this particular situation. After you do that, start collecting all the paperwork you may need for your relocation. Find a new home and sell/rent the current one. Notify your friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors as well. And, if you have the time, organize a small ‘goodbye party’.
Hire a Moving Agency
As mentioned before, hiring a professional moving agency will come with a heftier price tag, but at the same time, it will also help you save a lot of your time and energy. Thus, if your budget allows it, hire movers ASAP! They will bring their own packing materials and their own moving truck, they will pack and prepare everything and relocate it safely to your new address in no time.
Moreover, if necessary, they will unload and unpack everything, because, as we all know, unpacking should be done systematically if you do not want to end up in chaos.
Contact your friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors and see whether they have some moving agency to recommend. That way, you will be sure that they are reliable and trustworthy. However, if you cannot get recommendations from them, do not worry, you can find them online. Google them and call. If they suit your needs and budget, hire them quickly. Just make sure you do a background check on them before handing them your money and your belongings.
Find Your New Home Before You Move
When having to move in a week, it is almost impossible to try to find your new home in that same period of time, but, at least you can try. Who knows, maybe you get lucky. If you do find it, your move will be so much easier. For example, you will know how much space you are working with. This will enable you to pack only the things you need and not waste your time on the stuff that you will be leaving. Moreover, you will not have to worry about finding a hotel to stay in and a storage unit for you to keep all your belongings.
Thus, start looking for your new home before you move. Start by finding a neighborhood you would like to live in and then do market research. If this sounds too complicated, consider hiring a real estate agent. He or she will help you find your dream home in no time.
Decluttering Will Help You Pack and Move in Less Than a Week
When trying to move in a hurry, many people avoid decluttering, sorting, and organizing. But, that is where they go wrong. When they do it, they spend too much time packing and preparing the belongings that would end up donated or thrown away after the move. So, do not think like those people. Save yourself a lot of time and money and declutter as much as you can before you move. Go one room at the time. Firstly, decide on the items that are a necessity and that are absolutely going with you. And, when it comes to the rest, consider either donating to your local charity, giving to friends or family, selling online or at a yard sale, or simply throwing away.
Last but certainly not the least thing to have in mind when trying to pack and move in less than a week is that you need to find help. Sometimes, movers won’t be enough, so, just in case, call some close friends of yours. Ask them to give you a hand on the moving day. Do this not only when moving cross-country but also when moving just around the corner. They can help you with any last-minute packing, furniture disassembling, or something else. Call your ‘help’ as soon as you set your moving date. The more hands on deck, the better. In the end, do not forget to thank everybody who helped you move and treat them to a nice dinner or barbecue. Good luck!