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Managing Moving Stress

April 7th, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Your guide to reducing the stress of moving

It’s no secret that moving is stressful. When faced with finding a new place to live, packing up belongings and leaving people behind, it’s easy to want to give up before you begin. We get it — really. That’s why, in honor of Stress Awareness Month, we’ve created a handy guide for dealing with moving stress.  

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What’s causing the anxiety?

Before you can really manage your stress level, you need to determine which aspect of moving you’re most worried about. This will help prioritize the issues at hand and give you peace of mind. Maybe you’re starting a new job or experiencing some other life change that’s causing you to worry. Or perhaps you’re very excited about your move and are more concerned about the fate of your belongings.

While stressors such as leaving a familiar place or starting a new routine can certainly be present, pressure often evolves regarding the actual act of moving. People want to be sure their belongings are handled correctly during packing, loading and unloading. They worry about having enough space for everything and want assurance that the move will take place on time without costing a ridiculous amount of money. These are no small matters, and we’ve got the expertise to help you navigate through them with ease.

What options are available?

There are multiple ways to move your items and choosing between them may be causing your moving stress. Everything from a “do-it-yourself” truck rental option to a full-service move is possible and each has advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation.

Do you like the idea of packing and driving yourself? Then a truck rental may be your best option. Just keep in mind that this may not be the ideal situation for some families since rental trucks do not have backseats. If the truck option isn’t what you’re looking for, you may be interested in having everything handled for you. A full-service move means your items will be packed, loaded and transported by a moving team. Some people really enjoy this hands-off experience, but it’s important to note that this service is typically more expensive than other options.

If you don’t want to drive yourself but full-service isn’t what you’re wanting either, a company like U-Pack can be exactly what you need. Moving with U-Pack gives you the control of a rental truck with the luxury of a full-service move. You get to pack, load and secure your items so you know exactly how your belongings are handled — but you don’t have to drive. Simply load your things into a U-Pack moving trailer or ReloCube, and we’ll take it from there.

How much does it cost?

A major stress factor for many people is simply the cost of moving. Nobody wants to spend extravagantly, but you also don’t want to fall for a scam. By taking the time to do some research and get price quotes from companies you deem credible, you can be sure you’re getting the best value. This knowledge will lift the weight off your shoulders and let you get excited about your move.

Keep in mind that items such as gas, taxes and tolls may need to be factored into your total if, unlike U-Pack, the company you’re getting a quote from doesn’t include them. Adding these amounts to your quotes will make it easier to determine which option is the best for your move and help reduce any stress you may be experiencing about pricing.

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How does everything get moved on time?

One of the best ways to ensure success is to get organized! Download our free checklist to help you stay on track before, during and after your move. With helpful tips including when to start packing and when to have a garage sale, this tool will make it easy to stop worrying about your timeline. Knowing you’re not leaving anything off your to-do list will help you rest easy.

If you don’t want to use the truck rental option and the timing of your move is causing you great stress, look for companies that offer guaranteed delivery dates. Arranging to have your items delivered exactly when you need them will ensure you’re not sleeping on a floor for multiple nights in your new home while your bed is in transit. Worried about your items arriving before you’re ready? That’s fine, too! Many companies offer storage options to give you the time you need.

Are there other ways to reduce moving stress?

While being knowledgeable about the way your move will work and getting organized are great ways to reduce moving stress, it’s also helpful to take care of yourself by eating well and getting adequate sleep.  You should also try to have some fun during the moving process. Whether you love your current city or can’t wait to start your new adventure, it’s important to gather some final memories before heading out.  Spend time with people you’re leaving behind and make sure you get their contact information to stay in touch. Go to your favorite local restaurants and stores so you won’t leave wishing you had gone. Knowing that you’ve tied up loose ends will help you stay calm.

Questions about moving stress?

Have more questions about moving stress or want additional information about moving with U-Pack? Leave a comment below. We’re here to help!