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Moving Your Life to a New City Without Losing Your Sanity

Anyone who’s ever packed up all of their worldly possessions and transported them to another neighborhood will understand the stress that comes with a move. Now take that stress and multiply it by 100 and that’s what it’s like to move to a new city. 

Just the thought of relocating somewhere new can cause blood pressure to rise. Taking a few extra steps can minimize the stress of a move, but for a true relocation, you’ve got to go the extra mile. Use these tips to move your life to a new city without losing your sanity. 

Moving a Car: It’s Not as Easy as It Seems

Let’s go ahead and address a major item that could get overlooked. A long-distance move adds a logistical element you may not have encountered before – moving a car. Not driving a car to a new city. Actually moving it. 

You may already be driving one of the other family vehicles. Or you may be driving a moving truck if you decide to DIY your move. That means any additional vehicles will have to be driven by someone else, hauled or shipped.

Often shipping is the safest option. Haulers can be difficult to control if you are driving a moving truck or aren’t used to towing a vehicle. Look for services like that offer a damage-free guarantee. Few shippers will, and it’s the best assurance you have that everything will arrive alright. Also, make sure the vehicle shipper is 100% bonded and insured. That way if the shippers cause damage, you still have coverage.

Getting Everything in One Load

When you’re moving across town you have the luxury of hauling things in multiple loads. Trying to do the same for a relocation is next to impossible and can be extremely expensive.

That means you’ll need to get everything loaded up and moved at once. There are three keys to hauling it all at once:

  • Downsize before you start packing.
  • Pick an appropriately sized moving truck/pod.
  • Make use of the space in your vehicles. 

Downsizing not only makes it easier to get everything in one load, it also makes moving cheaper. Really consider whether you want to keep bulky items like furniture and mattresses. If it’s time to replace them it’s probably best to wait until you finish moving. 

Once you’re done downsizing, you can start estimating the moving truck size you’ll need. Too big and you’ll have wasted space that costs extra and increases the risk of shifting in transit. Too small and you won’t get everything moved at once. 

The moving company can provide advice, but a general rule of thumb: a 14’ moving truck can hold an average 1-2 bedroom house, a 17’ moving truck can hold an average  2-3 bedroom house and a 24’ moving truck can haul an average 3-4 bedroom house.

Don’t forget about loading up your own vehicles. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in your possession whenever possible. Things like sensitive documents, jewelry, medication and a first night box should be packed up in whatever vehicle you’ll be driving. 

Learning the Lay of the Land

If you want the smoothest move possible, take the time to visit the new city/home and get a feel for what you need to watch out for and consider. 

What’s the weather like in the new location? 

Are the streets narrow? 

Are there low-hanging trees and wires that can snag on a moving truck? 

Are there city or HOA regulations about parking the truck on the street?

Moving someplace new means there are more unknowns on moving day. Do your best to figure everything out, even if it means making a special trip to your new city. 

Relocating to a new city is a huge endeavor that can quickly increase your stress levels. But re-locations are also life-changing events that can open doors and new opportunities. As long as you account for the factors above, you should be able to stay sane on moving day.

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Susan Paige

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