Proper household move requires careful planning and error free execution. And this is why it is always better to plan your relocation well in advance, so that you get enough time to schedule various activities related to your move and relocate safely and without hassles. But sometimes, circumstances go beyond our control and emergencies occur where you are forced to move at a very short notice. And organizing an emergency move can really be challenging as you are left with very little time in hand to plan and implement everything correctly. But, there are ways to get it right and that’s what i am going to tell you in this article.
How to organize an emergency move
If moving is the top priority at this time, then you must not give up hope and try to plan the move accurately no matter how less time you may have in hand. And if you are planning to move in an emergency and wondering how to get things right, then here’s all you may need to know. In this article, I am sharing a few quick and simple emergency moving tips that’ll help you to organize your move easily and relocate safely.
And here we go.
Take up the right approach
It is hard not to panic when you have to move in an emergency situation, but what you need to understand is that panicking will not help you in any way. Instead, it will make the situation worse. So, try to stay positive and accept the challenging situation. The calmer you are, the higher will be your chances to have a successful home relocation.
Avoid wasting any time worrying and thinking about what may happen. Instead, roll your sleeves and get down working as soon as you can.
Manage your time efficiently
Time is the major challenge in an emergency move. But, you got to find a way to manage your time efficiently. First of all, let me tell you that with so less time in hand, you cannot afford to take care of everything. There are few things that you will have to ignore.
Moving mistakes are real, and when you are in a hurry, you may end up making some mistakes. However, if you plan everything correctly without wasting any time worrying about what may go wrong, you should be able to pull it off successfully.
So, it is best to set your priorities and accordingly make deadlines to finish the most important moving related tasks. Then try your best to finish off things on schedule.
Every time you are able to work strategically and get things done within time, it will help lessen your stress because you will know that you are going in the right direction.
Get professional help
Well, you got to think practically. If you want to have a hassle-free emergency moving experience, then you can’t really depend do all the tasks on your own. You will need some external help and who better than the professional movers can help you. Moving companies are experts and can get most of your moving related tasks and activities done within less time quite efficiently which is very much needed in this situation where time is a constant challenge.
However, even though there is less time in hand, you cannot afford to do the mistake of hiring a bad moving company because that will not help you in any way. Instead, you may land up in bigger troubles.
Therefore, before choosing a moving company, make sure you do at least a little bit of research on the company’s online reviews, ratings and of course compare moving quotations. Shortlist 2-3 local moving companies and then take a call on hiring someone.
Well, in case of a local move, you may go for a DIY move if you do not want to spend money by hiring local moving service but please do not hesitate to ask for help from your friends, neighbors, relatives at least. Trust me, handling everything single handedly is difficult and hence not recommended in case of an emergency move.
Safe and secured packing
Well, the packing of the belongings is obviously one of the most time consuming aspects of moving. So, you need to plan it properly. Firstly, you need to check all your belongings and decide quickly which ones to take and which ones to discard. It will be good if you make a packing list as that will help sort items quickly.
Moreover, once you know the number of items you are carrying with you, you can make an estimate of the final moving costs. At the same time, you can also decide what kind of liability coverage you will need to take while transporting your items to the new location. Then, if you can mange some time, you may try to sell some of your items you are not taking and earn a few cash. If there is lack of time, you can donate them or simply throw them away.
Depending on the amount of time left, you may even pre-pack some of your items like the easy to pack valuables and personal items. As far as packing of the very fragile and the heavy and large items are concerned, it is recommended that you take the help of the professional packers. This is because you will not be able to pack those items as efficiently as the packers in such a short time.
And, yes, even though if you have less time, make sure you pack a survival or essential box as it is extremely vital. So, do not miss that out.
Matters like updating your driver’s license and car registration, changing your address, can be taken care of after relocating and settling down in your new home but there are certain issues that need to get handled before you relocate.
- It is very important that you do not delay much in notifying your employer and your landlord (if you live in a rented apartment) regarding your relocation and then quickly complete all the paperwork related to those. Like for example, ending of contracts and lease agreements and getting the letter of reference etc.
- Contact the school of your children and let the authorities know. Retrieve the important school records.
- If you have any family physician, it will be good if you let him/her know as well and also retrieve the necessary medical records.
- Get your utilities transferred.
- Your financial documents should be put in order. Like for example, notifying the insurer and your credit card company, transferring the bank accounts etc.
- In case you will be moving your car, then you need to arrange for getting it shipped as well unless you are planning to drive it to the new destination.
- If you are going to drive your car to the new location, then make sure you get it serviced. Else, buy your flight tickets soon.
An emergency move is always stressful but if you make some genuine efforts, you can ensure maximum efficiency and safety during the whole process of relocation. Well, here are some things that you need to consider:
- It is important that you schedule the relocation and arrange for all the reservations as early as possible.
- If possible, order for take-outs. This way you do not have to stop for the groceries or cook your meals at the last few hours before starting the relocation.
- Take precautions and avoid getting injured during the relocation.
- If you need to clean your old home before leaving, then instead of doing it yourself, hire the professional cleaners. Do the same in the case of cleaning your new home as well.
- Be mentally prepared to face some unexpected difficulties and to make some last-minute changes.
A personal home relocation is both stressful and time consuming. After all, there are so many things that need to be taken care of. But, in case of an emergency household move, you cannot afford to invest too much time in doing one thing.
You need to plan things strategically and make a proper schedule of what to do and when. Set your priorities right. Understand that it is not possible that everything will be just perfect in case of an emergency move. There are some things that you got to ignore deliberately. But, yes, the moving tasks that are more important needs to be done with perfection.
Taking the help of professional packers and movers can really be a great way to relocate safely. However, when selecting packers and movers, make sure you choose a trustworthy, experienced and efficient company.
And finally, don’t panic much as it will not make your situation any better but at the same, you cannot take things too loosely as well. Also, despite all the work that has to be completed fast, do not forget to take care of your health because that is equally important. Eat healthy and try to take sufficient rest as well.
Stay positive and hope for the best.
What else do you think one should look at when moving and relocating in an emergency situation or when someone has very less time in hand to plan and prepare for moving a house?
I wish you a happy and safe home relocation.