Moving Checklist: Eliminating Stress Through Prior Planning

According to Meditation Escape, moving is included in the list of top four biggest stressors in the average person’s life, surrounded by marriage, a new job, and death. Although this may not be the most reassuring fact, it’s comforting to hear that there are steps you can take to help ease this naturally stressful life event. Planning ahead helps you dodge potential pitfalls and helps you prepare for unexpected events that may have otherwise just added to your anxiety. To make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before moving, consider the following essential moving checklist.

1. Create a Schedule

A schedule can help you stay on task and make sure everything gets completed when it needs to be, but it can often add more stress to your life if it’s not done right. To make sure your own schedule is a stress-reducer, make sure to start as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to get the job done. For example, if you have to be out of your old place by Friday, plan your moving day on the Monday before so you have more flexibility in case something goes wrong or takes longer than expected. In general, you will want to plan your moving day between Monday and Thursday, since banks and other businesses will be open in case you run into problems.

2. Arrange Utility Transfers

Finally settling into your new home should be the period when stress levels drop significantly, but finding that the home has no running water or electricity only prolongs your stress. To make sure your new home is a relaxing oasis to work toward during the moving process, arrange your utility transfers as early as possible. This includes water, electricity, gas, internet, phone service, cable, trash pick-up, and other things of this nature. Remember to have your ADT security system set up before you move in, so you can always feel safe in your new home.

3. File a Change of Address

You can either head down to your local post office and fill out a form or simply do it online at This method will work for the bulk of your mail, but sometimes letters can naturally get left behind. To make sure all your mail gets to you in a timely manner, talk to a neighbor beforehand about looking out for your mail a few weeks after you move. Make a list of all of the people and organizations you regularly receive mail from and notify them of your new address to make sure the most important mail won’t get lost.

4. Have Plenty of Cash on Hand

Whether you’ll be encountering several costly toll roads or working with movers who require cash payments, research to determine an appropriate amount of cash you should have with you for the move. Carry at least $100 extra to make sure you have a back-up plan in case you miscalculated or something new comes up. If you have a debit card, remember that you can always go into virtually any place of business and receive small amounts of cash back for emergencies as well.

Moving will likely involve several personal tasks that apply to each person differently. As long as you begin early, prepare meticulously and set up a back-up plan for potential disasters, the stress brought on by your moving experience will be dramatically reduced, thus allowing you to move on to the new chapter in your life with a newfound excitement.

About the Author: Marie enjoys baking double chocolate cookies and walking her Scottish Terrier, Pete.

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