Making a long-distance move is a big job, even if you have lots of help. There are so many details to think about and plan for, a plethora of moving parts that can all have their own issues. That’s why it’s important to have a game plan, a backup plan, and a plan for after the move, because it’s not just about getting all your belongings into a new home; it’s also about finding ways to make the transition easier once you get there.
Fortunately, with technology comes the ability to make life easier one app at a time. For just about every one of your needs, there’s a service that will help you accomplish them and ease your stress at the same time. The first step is to think about what those needs are, however; sit down and write out a list. Take into consideration everything you’ll need for moving day, both at the old house and at the new one. Will you need a dog-sitter, or help putting furniture together after the move? Once you know what will save you time and make the process easier, you’ll be able to find the services that can help you out.
Here’s how to get started.
Take a good look at your needs and assess your budget. Moving, especially long-distance, can cost a pretty penny, so it pays off to be wise about your spending. Get a feel for what your finances will be once the major expenses are taken care of so you don’t overspend.
Keep all paperwork related to the move--whether it’s a list of important phone numbers or the closing papers on your new home--in one place, so you’ll have access to them when you need them. It might help to have a binder with several folders that will allow you to keep things neat and separated.
Leading up to the move
In the days leading up to the move, think about what your family will need. This might include having someone help you run errands while you finish up packing and getting things organized, something Postmates can help you with. Just download the app and get paired up with someone who can take on the job of being your assistant for an hour or two.
The day of
It can be a bit crazy, trying to arrange for everything that comes with a move. If you have a pet, the process might be taking a toll on them, as well. Think about using Rover.com to arrange for a boarder in your new town who can take your dog in for a day or two while you get settled; not only will this help keep him safe during the chaos of the move, it will allow you to get everything taken care of before introducing him to an unfamiliar place. The process of getting your family and all your belongings into a new home is often hectic and stressful, so giving everyone some time to get settled will keep the process going as smoothly as possible.
Getting settled in
After the move, there’s still plenty to think about, such as getting the kids ready for their new school, exploring the town to find out where the best restaurants and parks are, and preparing for some changes. One of the best ways to cut down on stress is to get some help for the first couple of weeks, and that can include anything from having healthy meals delivered to your home to finding someone who can walk your dog while you’re unpacking.
Rover.com can even help you set up doggy daycare for your pet, which may come in handy if your schedule has changed with the move. If you know you won’t be able to get home in time to let your dog out, feed him, or give him some attention, consider letting him go to daycare, where he can stay social and have fun while you’re getting things done.
Remember that moves can be tough on kids and pets, and try to stay patient while everyone adjusts to the changes. Start in one room--whether it’s to pack or unpack--to avoid becoming overwhelmed and use these apps and services to help you get through it with the least amount of stress possible.
Cindy is the creator of OurDogFriends.org, a website advocating for the love and ownership of dogs. She believes that dogs truly are our best friends and wants to see less dogs in shelters and more in loving homes.