We’re not talking strictly about the pros and cons of DIY versus full-service moving. Instead, this article is specifically about when you find yourself needing to plan and orchestrate a move without help from your network of family and friends. Though it’s by no means an ideal situation, here are a few tips and tricks for making the experience as seamless — and angst-free — as possible.
First, Get Organized
Don’t think of your move as an overwhelming mountain of endless tasks and emotional upheavals. Instead, take a deep breath and take things step by step with a little help from Mayflower’s eight-week Move Planner. It’s a great way to stay on top of all the large and small details that need attending to. And if your move date is less than eight weeks away, you can easily adapt and compress the existing schedule to accommodate a shorter timeframe.
How Big is Your Move?
There’s a big difference between moving from a small studio apartment and a four-bedroom home – and what it will take to get the job done. No matter what, downsizing possessions will help reduce the size of the move and probably save you time and money in the long run.
Another way of coping is to not bring everything with you all at once. For example, Mayflower provides a variety of storage services that can take some of the pressure out of moving by securing your stuff until you’re ready to deal with it.
Have a Moving Budget in Mind
Moving has certain unavoidable costs associated with it. At a minimum, there is a van rental involved. If you’re concerned about keeping your items safe from damage, you should also think about renting padding, dollies and other moving equipment.
Packing boxes and materials must be found, borrowed or purchased, and you should be certain they’re adequate for the job. It’s also important to consider the amount of time you have to get everything organized, safely packed and ready to load. Depending on your budget, it might be much easier on you — both financially and emotionally — to leave it to a professional. A reputable moving company like Mayflower will have a variety of customizable options that could take the pressure down and get your stuff where it needs to go.
Whatever the circumstances, do your research and get a move quote. At Mayflower, we provide an estimate free of charge, so there’s no reason not to!
Are You Absolutely Sure There’s No Help Available?
While it may take a bit of courage — even hutzpah — to reach out to friends and family for assistance during your upcoming move, you’ve got nothing to lose by asking. Just don’t spring your request on them at the last minute. Even a professional mover needs advance notice; give your friends and loved ones the same courtesy.
Does the very thought of moving without help get you anxious? If so, consider talking to a professional counselor who can offer the knowledge and expertise to provide peace of mind before, during and after your move. With so many affordable services available online, it’s easier than ever to get help wherever you happen to be.
Be Philosophical About It
Hey, if you do find yourself having to deal with a move completely on your own, perhaps it’s a sign that you’re still on the journey to your “forever home.” A lot of people are, and it’s nothing to feel bad about. Think instead about the amazing adventures ahead of you, the friends you’ll make and how much fun you can have settling into a new life full of possibilities. And keep in mind that if you need us, we can be with you Every Step of the Way®.
Want more tips and advice? Check out our other blogs for city guides, decorating ideas and a wealth of other helpful, time-saving information.
Oh, and did you know Mayflower has a channel on Spotify? Move and groove to tunes that get you to your new place — and settled in — in style.