Dealing with moving on short notice
April 11, 2019 / Private household moving, Long-distance moves
A short-notice move can come up for any number of reasons. From a new job offer extended well before you expected the hiring process to end to a great but limited-time chance to move into your dream home, you may easily find yourself in a position to move unexpectedly.
Let's look at how to make this major transition effectively.
Make big decisions as early as possible
Understanding that you're on a tight timeline is crucial for success when it comes to a move on short notice. You'll need to compress the amount of time that's usually taken to do things like collect quotes from moving companies, change your address and transfer or cancel services. Make a plan that addresses all of the needs you know you have, and work from it so you don't miss anything important. Real Simple offers a detailed, interactive moving checklist that you can use as a template for your own.
You should try to start with the most important tasks first, like finding movers and figuring out how you'll travel from your old home to your new one. These considerations are especially important for long-distance moves. Such trips often require more advance planning for moving companies while travel costs, like plane tickets or lodging, if you plan to drive, tend to rise as you get closer to the big day.
There may be certain tasks you can avoid or consolidate that you would otherwise get to if you had more time. A yard sale is one such option. While the chance to earn cash and get rid of belongings you no longer need is attractive, you can likely save time by simply choosing whether items can be donated, recycled or thrown away. Unless the things you want to sell have an especially high value, you can likely redirect the time and effort that goes into the yard sale toward other, more crucial tasks.
Figure out what kind of help you'll need
A move on short notice might not be the most difficult task, especially if it's a local relocation that's tied to a desire to live on a specific property as opposed to a cross-country trip to take a new job. Either way, you need to consider what kind of professional help you'll need. In the vast majority of cases, having professional movers and packers on hand means more valuable time to address the many other needs that will arise.
The value of movers is, in many ways, obvious. They offer experience and professionalism while handling the heavy lifting, allowing you to focus on other responsibilities. Packers can be a major time-saver too. In addition to saving you time, they also take great care to make sure your belongings are packed safely. That helps them make the trip and arrive in the best condition possible.
Do you know you'll have to make a move on short notice? Get in touch with your local Atlas agent today to see how we can help you!
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