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How to Survive Your Very First Move

first time moving tipsFirst time moving tips is an exciting experience. Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ house, moving out of your dorm room into your first apartment, or moving into your first house, it’s a big and thrilling adventure.

As exciting as it is, it can also be overwhelming once you realize how much is involved in the process. Thankfully, it is very manageable once you learn the ropes and follow some smart processes.

Here are 5 first-time moving tips that will help make your first move go as smoothly as possible.

First-Time Moving Tips

Set a budget

The costs to move can quickly rack up, so it’s important to set a comfortable budget before you get started. Price out packing supplies, truck rental or movers, gas, and insurance for anything you own that is very valuable. If you want to add on any other additional services, like packing or TV and picture hanging, include those, too. Be sure to include a 10-20% cushion on top of your estimate just in case you end up spending more on supplies or any other unexpected expenses.

Make a to-do list

There is a lot to keep track of during a move, so it’s crucial to keep a master to-do list of everything that needs to get done. This will save you a lot of headache because you won’t have to worry about forgetting anything important or doing things in an inefficient order. Create a timeline so everything is done in a timely manner and check off things as you go. Not sure what needs to go on the list or how your timeline should look? Click here for a free comprehensive moving checklist and timeline.

Do your research

Knowledge is power. Before you get started moving, soak up as many tips and advice as you can so you are better prepared once you get going. We have an ever-growing database of moving information on our blog, as well as video demonstrations on our YouTube channel to help you have the smoothest move possible.

It’s also important to research any companies you’ll be working with, such as packers and movers. Look up reviews, talk to people you know, and get multiple estimates before making a final decision so it will be an informed, confident one.

Get advice

Besides doing your own research, reach out to people you know who have moved before. Everyone has had different experiences and can provide some helpful tips. Most people are excited to share their stories, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Focus on the excitement

Moving is a big event and there can be a lot of emotions surrounding it. One of the best things you can do is to focus on the excitement. Whether you’re excited about your new home, your new job, or your new community, focus on the positive changes to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

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