When planning a local move it can be every bit as stressful as an out-of-state move.  To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you will want to stay organized and on task.  Below is a list of five tips for a local move designed to help you plan a stress-free local move.

#1 Professional Moving Company or DIY

You may think that since the move is local you will not need a moving company.  A do-it-yourself move would be cheaper. But, if you choose to move by yourself, be prepared to do a lot of hard work.  You will want to make a to-do list of necessary tasks that will need to be done before, during, and after the move.  Just because the move is local, doesn’t mean it doesn’t require careful and organized planning.  If you decide to go with a moving company, they can handle the heavy lifting for you, such as packing, unpacking and hauling your items.  You would most likely save time and sweat by hiring a local, and reputable moving company.  

#2 Explore Your New Neighborhood

One perk for a local move is that you will have the opportunity to check out your new neighborhood.  Drive or walk around your new area and get a feel for it.  This will help you get the lay of the land.  Familiarity will help you feel more comfortable and ease some stress before you move.  This is a good time to see if your bank, grocery store, and gym location changes.

#3 Create a Moving Checklist

Even local moves need a moving checklist.  A moving checklist helps you stay organized and on track.  The list will help you complete the necessary tasks before, during and after your move.  A good checklist starts with things that need to be done prior to your move, like put in a change of address, and acquire moving supplies.  Then, make a list of tasks that should be done during the move, like packing and hauling boxes.  Finally, have a list of things to do after your move.  Lists are tedious but help you stay organized.  Check out our Ultimate Moving Day Checklist here.

#4 Time to Reduce What You Don’t Need

A few weeks prior to your move, start to purge your house of things you don’t need anymore.  The less stuff you bring with you, the cheaper and faster your move will be.  Donate items that are still in good condition and arrange to dispose of the rest. 

#5 Plan Where Your Belongings Will Go

Another advantage of a local move is the ability to spend some time in your new place before it is full of your items.  This can help you plan where your furniture will go, which will really speed up the moving process. We recommend you create a drawing of the interior of your new home, this will help you decide where things can go.  You can take measurements, and decide how to arrange your belongings, that way your moving day will go as smooth as possible.