Get Organized: Best Ways to Make your Upcoming Relocation BearableMoving can be a stressful experience, whether it's across town or across the continent. If selling an existing home and buying a new one are involved, it can be difficult to coordinate the timing, the details and the actual move.

Enlist the services of a professional real estate agent to simplify selling an existing home and buying a new one. There are enough personal concerns to occupy your time and and energy prior to a move. The house details are actually secondary. In addition, a move within the same community can be just as complicated as a move across country.

Advance Planning Is the Key

Follow a detailed timeline that will help guide you through the details of a move—from initial planning to the days following the move. Begin to clean out your closets and organize your belongings as soon as you contemplate a move. Rid your home of unused and unwanted items—from clothing to sports gear, from extra dishes to old books and magazines. Not only will the home show better, but you'll have a head start on packing for the move.

As you get rid of unwanted possessions, consider donating them or hosting a garage sale to help ease the moving costs. This should be done farthest in advance compared to the other elements of moving, and it may be made easier by going through room by room and decluttering each one individually. Next, homeowners may begin boxing up nonessential items, making sure to label the boxes clearly so those items can be found after the move. This also gives homeowners the chance to move some boxes early, lessening the work needed on a later date. Essential items can be packed just prior to the move and moved alongside furniture.

Make Lists

The tasks associated with moving fall basically into three categories: financial records, family concerns, and logistical planning. Without lists to guide your efforts, it can be easy to miss a deadline for registration at a new school, overlook a necessary utility deposit in a new city, or neglect a pet's travel needs. Detailed lists and timelines help. When it's time to actually pack those boxes, heed these tips.

Organize Personal Records

Start an important documents file or binder. Assure that it travels with you. Include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Professional papers
  • Medical records and medications
  • Banking and investment records
  • School transcripts and extracurricular activities
  • Insurance papers
  • Vehicle titles and registrations
  • Passports
  • Pet health records and licenses
  • Contact information for people, organizations and services in the new location
  • Any other pertinent legal documents and records

Get Acquainted Virtually

If you're moving to another city the internet is a great way to learn about this new location. Not only can it be a great help for initial house-hunting excursions, but you can explore museums, parks, historical sites, restaurants, shopping malls and amusement parks—all without leaving home. The new city, especially places like the Ogden, won't feel so "foreign" when you arrive.

If at all possible, schedule a trip to the new destination for the entire family. Call it a mini-vacation, and view the time as an adventure, without the additional stress of looking for a place to live or job-related duties. When it is time to look for a home or apartment, you'll already have a feeling for life in the new city.


Accept Offers of Help

There are few life experiences as lonely as packing for a move, but talking about your feelings and your fears makes it easier, and may allow you to consider your hopes and dreams. At the very least, having someone to share the physical workload is beneficial. Never turn down a neighbor's offer to mow the lawn, watch the dog, or cook dinner. Just accept with thanks.

Finally, Embrace Change

Millions of Americans move each year. You are not alone. The experience of moving may not become easier over time, but each move can be a catalyst for good. Be upbeat—no two moves will be the same; just keep the focus on what lies ahead.