Hit the Ground Running When Moving on Short Notice

Hit the Ground Running When Moving on Short Notice

The following contribution is from another author.

If you’ve just completed a quick sale of your house or find yourself needing to move quickly, then the process of actually getting ready to transport yourself and everything you own to that new house can truly feel like a challenge. Moving is already stressful, when you add a short time period to get it all done in, it can threaten to overwhelm you. Here, we’re going to look at what you need to prioritize when you’re moving with short notice and how to ensure it all goes as smoothly as possible.

Downsize your move

If you have tons of stuff to move, then before you address the question of how you’re going to move it, you should ask why you have so much stuff in the first place. Over the years, we tend to pick up and keep clutter that no longer has any use to us, but no value to us, either. Take a quick inventory of the home and start piling together things you can get rid of. Selling some things online can take time, so only put up listings for those things that are sure to get a quick sale. Otherwise, arrange a quick garage sale but donate, give away, or recycle everything else.

Set up the logistics asap

Giving the help you need as much notice on the move as possible is important. If you need any help from your friends, now is the time to ask, not one day before the move. The easiest way to ensure that you get everything moved at a consistent pace and with the least hassle possible is to hire some moving services. However, if you want to do that, you need to schedule with them right now. They can be particularly busy during some periods of the year, so you have to ensure that they’re free for your big moving day right now rather than risking it by waiting.

Make sure it’s all ready to go

You don’t have to have everything stored away already, but it’s wise to get all the packing materials you’re going to need as soon as possible, including boxes, packaging peanuts, and such. You can start pre-packing now, putting away the things that you’re not going to need in the days running up to the moving day. Organize your boxes and label them from start, marking where each box is going to go so movers can quickly find the right place for it. Pack a little more every day so that you have time to clean and better arrange them on moving day. Have your furniture and heaviest boxes moved closer to the door so they can be more quickly loaded onto the truck.

Lastly, don’t forget to take half-a-day to ring up and inform everyone you need to about a change in your address. A short-notice move can certainly feel like a challenge, but so long as you get the logistics set up as quick as possible and tackle the packing at a consistent rate, it’s not impossible. You just need to find the time.



Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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