When you are planning to move, you need to plan your move as far in advance as possible to make it go smoothly. American is a mobile nation and while that means a lot of opportunities for change and advancement in work it also means a lot of change and moving.
How smoothly the whole process goes will depend on a variety of factors including how well you plan your move, how far you have to move and if you use a professional mover or do it all yourself.
The first step to a smooth move is to plan well ahead of time. You should start planning your move out as far in advance as you can. While that does not mean having your living room packed in boxes for a year or having your utilities turned off six months in advance of your moving day, it does mean you should take some simple steps to make the process go smoother.
What you should do is lighten your load as much as possible. Put off buying any new appliances, furniture or other objects that you are either going to have to move or get rid of when its time to pack. Lighten your load by getting rid of things in a garage sale that you do not use or need anymore or donate clothing and other items to the thrift store and get a tax credit. Once you have gotten rid of everything you do not need you will be surprised to find how much easier your move will be.
The next step is to plan out where you will go by doing a little research. If you plan to rent you should be looking well ahead of time to get a feel for the rent rates and the pet policy. If you have pets that will not be moving with you take this time to re-home them to carefully screened homes and make sure the placement is a good match. If you are able to take your pets with you plan ahead to make sure you have a pet carrier, leashes and food dishes for the move.
It's also a good idea to lay out your road trip well ahead of time, so you can plan where you're going to stop for breaks, meals and overnight stays. This is especially helpful if you're moving with pets.
If you are planning a short move across town, your move should be fairly easy and you can manage it with short jaunts at your leisure. If you're planning out a longer move you may want to consider utilizing the services of a professional company to make your move easier.
You can easily locate a reputable local mover by looking at consumer driven web sites to find a company that has been rated highly by clients. Once you find a company that you like, do a phone interview to get a price range for your move and make sure to book your day well in advance so you do not have to scramble at the last minute to find help on moving day.