The thought of moving seems like a beautiful idea until the actual work needs to be done. The packing and the lifting can really get to you. If you are planning to move then you should start setting sail months prior.

Moving sucks. There’s really no way around that, but it can be a lot more tolerable and a lot less stressful. Here’s a look at our best recommendations for an easier and more efficient move.

A lot of moving generally takes place over the next few months, and while everyone’s experience and needs vary a little, a lot of the work involved in moving is the same no matter who you are. There’s a lot to go over, so feel free to skip around:



Labeling and Managing Your Inventory

Moving In

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moving-1468972_640Failing to plan is planning to fail. So if you are planning to move do not start things during the last few weeks. Having a countdown list will ensure that you accomplish something every week. You should also have a moving strategy in place.

 1 Get organized early

Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish week by week.

2 Figure out your move strategy

How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? For shorter moves, you’ll either need to assemble some very nice friends with trucks or consider renting a truck for the day. If you have a big family to move or you’ll be moving a long distance, you’ll want to price out moving companies.

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As you are planning to move you should ensure that you use the right moving company. Ensure that they have the right legal papers to operate. A national moving company is best but it is also recommended to move with the local guys.

“(Licenses) are the ‘it’ factor when you are looking for a mover,” says Stephen Bienko, owner of College Hunks Moving of East Hanover, N.J.

A moving company’s licenses and other requirements will differ depending on whether you are moving within your state or to another, notes David Hauenstein, a vice president with the trade group the American Moving and Storage Association, or AMSA.

While a national moving company is best for an interstate move, stick with a local business for a move that’s across town or anywhere within your state, says Laurie Lamoureux, founder of Seamless Moves, a moving services company based in Bellevue, Wash.

“We often have very good luck getting problems resolved by local owners that may go unanswered by a large corporation,” she says.

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