We moved to Hawaii in August, and then lived in a hotel with our toddler and two dogs for one month. Needless to say, we were more than ecstatic to finally get into our little home (however small it may be) and sleep in our own beds. Fast forward almost 2 months later and we unexpectedly decided to go ahead and move to another town.
We wanted to move somewhere closer to my husband’s job and somewhere much safer since our neighborhood, always seemed to have some sort of crime going on and possible burglary scout outs. We had a little over 2 weeks to get all our ducks in a row and move out by ourselves. Something we had never done before since we usually relied on professional movers, but we needed to save money. I complied the strategy I used to make our move as smooth and successful as possible.
Set a timeline:
The very first thing you should do as soon as you find out your moving is to write your goals. Write down what you need to get done. I use the 5 W’s (Who, what, when, where, why?),well, maybe we can skip out on number 5.
Who is going to be involved with your move? Family, Friends, coworkers, professional movers, babysitter for the kids? Find out what essential people you and your family will need to make this a successful move.
What do you need to get done to achieve a successful move? Are you on a very tight budget and spending the least amount of money on your move would deem it successful? What do you define as a successful move? Maybe you have a lot of littles running around and a successful move means getting your kids out of you hair for a few hours on moving day? Define and decide as a family what is going to make your move successful.
This is all about questioning when you will need to get certain things done? When are you moving? How long do you have to get all your ducks in a row? Dates are so important here, even if you don’t have an exact date yet, give an approximation so that you can set your priorities in order. Do you have a final inspection for you home, if so when is the final inspection? When will you need to move out of your current home? I think you are beginning to understand where I am coming from.
Where exactly are you moving to? How many exact miles will you be traveling from your current home to your new home? This is important because if you are renting a truck of some sort, like a Uhaul you will be charged per day/miles. So, you want to know your exact location to be able to calculate prices if renting a truck..
This is the method I used so that we could have our successful move. If you are faced with an unexpected move, you are not alone! The methods I mentioned above I created during our self-move. It is challenging, but the first thing you need to do is to simply take the time to write everything down, write your goals down so you can see this is a doable and hopefully not stress yourself out too much.
I hope these tips were helpful for you. Good luck with your upcoming move!! Let me know in the comment box below if you have any other tips you may have on how to have a successful self-move.