Dealing with a last-minute move? Advice to keep your head above water
October 09, 2019 / Move Management
The ideal move involves plenty of advance notice and the luxury of spreading out the many tasks that go along with heading to a new home. But some moves have to happen on a much tighter timeline.
If you need to relocate on short notice - whether due to a job opportunity, the need to close quickly on your old home, your apartment building being sold or something else entirely - it can be a shock to the system. This advice can help you keep calm and act purposefully, even if you don't have much time before your move needs to happen.
Make a plan as soon as possible
The one thing every move needs is a plan. While your timeline and the amount of tasks you can reasonably check off your list will be limited, the time you spend making a checklist can definitely pay off. Our checklist for a move with plenty of lead time starts two months out, but it provides an in-depth guide to all the considerations you'll need to make to complete the process. You can cross reference our list of the essentials for a short move to determine what you need to focus on, as well as pick up some other valuable advice.
One vital thing to keep in mind is scheduling processes that involve another individual or a company to complete, whether it's hiring professional movers and packers or scheduling utility shutoffs, as soon as possible.
Be ready to put in some extra work in the short term ...
Accepting the fact that you'll have to do more work and sacrifice some nights and weekends in the short term can help put you in the right mindset for handling this time-sensitive process. While it's not ideal and certainly not fun, it's necessary. You may want to plan for a reward once the move is over, whether it's a day of rest and relaxation before you start unpacking or a nice dinner out once your movers and packers finish unloading the truck and head out.
... But don't push yourself toward a burnout
Working too hard, or doing too much in a short period of time, can lead to excess stress - and that's the last thing you want to deal with during a move. When you make your moving plan, be sure to understand your limits. Don't hesitate to ask friends and family for help when necessary (although you should be sure to pay them back in some way). Packing, helping out with a garage sale or even keeping an eye on your old home until it is sold or rented to a new tenant are all areas where the people close to you can pitch in.
Make the move easier by working with professional movers and packers
Dependable movers and packers can make any move easier. They handle the heavy lifting, making the physical process of moving more manageable, while also bringing plenty of experience and expertise into play. Whether you're staying in the same state or heading across the country, these professionals can make the big day that much easier. That's especially important when you've had to follow a compact moving timeline and juggle a variety of deadlines in the days and weeks leading up to the move.
To learn more about how your local Atlas agent can provide valuable assistance with your short-notice move, reach out to yours today!
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