Moving Fast? How to Move on Short Notice

Ideally, you would have months to prepare and plan for a move. This allows you to make sure that every detail is covered. But, not everyone has months to arrange for a household move. Sometimes you have to move on short notice. 

If you find yourself in such a situation — where you need to move quickly, read on. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you – and all of your stuff – get where you need to go.

Tips for Moving on Short Notice

1. Take a moment to process your emotions.

If you feel frustrated that you have to move on short notice, understand that it’s perfectly normal. And if you are upset because you waited too long to start planning your move, that’s ok, also. You aren’t the first person to do that, either.

You are allowed to feel whatever you are feeling. Take some deep breaths, then move on with the next steps.

2. Make a plan.

Devote your energy to strategize a moving plan constructively. Since you are short on time, a plan and a checklist are critical.

Assess what you need to accomplish, divide it into tasks, and create a timeline. Make sure you check items off as you complete them.

3. Contact a moving company.

Professional movers can be a great asset when you need to move on short notice. They can complete the job much faster and more efficiently than you can. Professional movers can handle a lot of work for you, including packing, hauling all of your belongings from one location to another – whether you are moving across town or the country, storing your belongings and unpacking for you in your new home.

4. Get your supplies ready.

Depending on how you’re handling your move — with or without pro movers — you might need to stock up on moving supplies. Gather plenty of tape, moving boxes, labels, packing paper, and bubble wrap. If you are completing this as a DIY move, you will also need dollies, hand carts, moving blankets, and a moving truck. 

5. Line up some help.

If you have friends or family around, now is the time to call on them for some help. Moving takes time and effort. It takes a lot of time if you are on your own. If you have two or three people helping you, it takes much less.

6. Don’t worry too much about organizing.

Typically, moving tips include organization tips – but you may not have time for that. If your time is tight, you might need to throw everything into boxes and get going. You can certainly try to organize as you go along. It all depends on just how much time you have and how easy organizing is for you. But remember, you must get moved within the time you have available.

7. Label all of your boxes.

Though you are in a rush, remember to label each box. Include the location it should go to in the new home and an outline of the contents. Make sure to label at least two sides of the box. 

8. Stay focused.

Commit to being focused on your move. Otherwise, you’ll get overwhelmed. Maintain your timeline and checklist. When challenges pop up, refocus, and remind yourself about your future adventure. 

Your effort will be worth it.

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