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Tips for a Less Stressful Move

So you’ve bought or sold a home in Albuquerque and you’re getting ready to move. There’s no time like the present to plan your moving day to reduce stress. It takes a lot of planning and coordination to move, and with the pandemic, it can be even more stressful. But the key is to take it one step at a time.

Here’s a quick list of what you need to consider for your moving day to make it less stressful.

Where to Start

You should walk through your current home and make a list of all the things you plan to sell or donate. Then see if you can find a place to donate them or sell what you can online, such as on E-Bay or Facebook Marketplace. You might also consider storing items you only use seasonally if you’re moving to a smaller home.

Then, work on decluttering your home in problem areas like closets, offices, and utility rooms. When you go through your things, keep it simple: if the item in question is something you enjoy having, or if you use it regularly, keep it. If you haven’t used the item in the last 3 years, or if you don’t plan on using it anytime soon, then it has to go. Keep in mind that every item you get rid of is one less item you have to pack and move with you.

You then should decide if you’re moving your items yourself, or if you’re hiring a moving company. If you decide to use a moving company, make sure to do your research and read client reviews. Call the ones with the best reviews to get direct quotes. And make sure they are taking measures to protect against the COVID-19 virus.

Try to schedule your moving day for a weekday and closer towards the middle of the month. Most moving companies will charge more for moving at the end of the month and especially on the weekend.

The cost alone is not the sole deciding factor. Make sure to ask the company about insurance, liability, and the details of their service.


Try to collect as much packing supplies as possible as early as you can. Save yourself the hassle of making multiple trips by picking up more materials than required; boxes, packing tape, padded blankets, scissors, and trash bags are a must.

Also make sure to complete a change of address with the post office, which can easily be done on their website. Change your address with all of your services and notify your utility companies.

Start with packing away the fragile items first. Then, pack heavier items into rolling luggage that can be hauled behind you instead of carried. Don’t risk getting costly valuables like laptops, jewelry, and tablets lost during the move. Instead, carry these items with you in a bag during moving day.

For the rest of your items, pack them according to the room that they’ll end up in at your new home. Stick labels onto each box so you know exactly where the box goes on moving day. If possible, take the labels once step further by listing the items within the box on the label. This way, if you’re not unpacking everything at once, you won’t have to sift through three boxes marked “kitchen” just to find your soup ladle.

There are many things to consider when moving. But if you follow these tips, you can shave off a good deal of stress during the move.

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