Four Ways to Keep Stress Out of Your Move

Think ahead to take some of the stress out of a long-distance move.

The stress of relocating cross-country, if left unchecked, can outweigh the excitement of a new adventure in your life. Whether you’re moving for a new job, a new (or old) love, to be closer to family (or farther away) or for an opportunity to try something different, dealing with the move details in advance can help keep the stress in check. Try these plan-worthy tips.

Be in the know before you go - Is the juice worth the squeeze? Use online resources to determine the cost of living adjustments you’ll make in your new zip code. Will a bigger salary be more than offset by the cost of housing, utilities, childcare and commuting? If you haven’t negotiated compensation yet, try for some relocation benefits. Do you know moving on certain dates and times of the year are going to cost less than others? If you’re considering a moving company, ask them about discounts based on their calendar.

Budget it out - Moving long distances can be very expensive. The media reports a national average of $2,837 for a cross country move, which can sometimes top out at as much as $10,000. If you’re moving a household and kids, costs can add up in a hurry, and you don’t want to get halfway through the planning and packing only to determine that you can’t afford to go through with the move the way you want. If you’re shipping most of your belongings, online tools like the Instant Quote page can give you an idea of the cost of getting your stuff from Point A to Point B.

Pack smarter – This usually starts with packing less. fans know we aren’t fond of clutter or hoarding or storing your in-law’s clothes for them for 10 years. Use a move as an opportunity to ditch the stuff you simply don’t need. For the things that make the cut, clearly label the boxes you use for easier unpacking. Tape the boxes well. And keep the stuff you need at hand - laptop, move-related paperwork, your pet - out of the boxes and close at hand.

Be sensitive to your kids - Moving a family is a whole different dynamic versus moving as one person or even as a couple. Moves can be stressful for children, adding more challenges for parents already trying to plan. The most important thing is for parents to realize that a new job opportunity may mean a lot more to you than it does your children, despite the advantages a move like this will eventually provide for them. The kid point of view is that they are leaving what they know and who they know, and that can be scary. Let your children help with the packing -or pack at night, when sleeping toddlers won’t try and un-pack the boxes. Pack toys last, so children can stay occupied with playing while you’re focused on move-related activities. Plan a few fun surprises for before you leave, like a family dinner at their favorite restaurant – something they can look forward to. And make sure to include a farewell ritual, such as saying goodbye to the house, that can help your kids close the circle on life in their old neighborhood. Actually, this will benefit the entire family! – Still the Best Kept Secret in Shipping

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