Planning a Move

“Gosh, I’m just so looking forward to climbing up in the attic this warm afternoon and pulling down all those boxes of junk left over from last decade’s garage sale!” “I must be on vacation, then. All I have to do is pack up everything from the house, the shed, the barn, BoBo’s cage, and Grandpa’s mobile home—by tomorrow! Life is just too good!” Let’s get real! Nobody LOVES to move—probably not even professional movers. But it’s not the end of the civilized world as we know it. Millions of folks successfully move each year without strewing things from here to there. In fact, many of them actually benefit from the move. These are the Smart Movers. Hey, that’s you! Well, maybe not right this minute—but as soon as you finish the first part of the website! So get a move on!

Moving Basics
“Due to an unfortunate decision at the racetrack yesterday, our rent money has been indiscriminately distributed to others. Time to move!” “The boss says it’s Birmingham or nothing. Time to move.” “Hooray! The last kid is off to college. Time to move.” “You’re now standing in what will next month be a Wal-Mart. Time to move.” “I want a divorce. Time to move.” Like it or not, you’re considering moving your household to another street, city, state, region, or country. And moving means stress. Lots of it. In this section, you’ll consider your reasons for moving, and you’ll learn how to find your new home and leave your old one, how to plan a smart move, how to make a smart move, and how to survive the move. All of these elements will be developed in greater detail throughout this website, with specific tips and proven techniques. For now, you’ll be doing some brain work to make you more comfortable with the road you’re taking. By the end of this section, we’ll have reduced your moving stress level by about 30 decibels.

Moving Destinations
Where ya goin’? Good question! As soon as you announce that you’re moving, friends, family, and bill collectors will begin asking the same question. For you, your destination may be little more than a circled spot on the map. Or it may be “home.” It will soon be both. Whether your move is crosstown or transcontinental, you want to know what you’re getting into. You want to know more about the “location” in “relocation.” In this section, you’ll learn more about moves within the same town, into a nearby town, or into a new state, region, or country. You’ll learn where to find information. You’ll know before you get there whether it is somewhere you want to be. So get out your Smart Moving Notebook again and start making notes about your move.

Estimate Moving Costs
Moving isn’t cheap! Even if you’re moving your household around the corner, you’ll need to spend some money. In addition, you’ll probably lose some time and money as you pack, transport, and unpack your belongings—however humble they may be. The more stuff you have and the farther it’s going, the higher the cost. Even if your current or new employer is picking up the moving bill, you may have to pay other costs associated with the move. Cleaning fees, temporary housing, lost time, maybe some food and lodging. And even if your benevolent boss pays these, too, you will still need to buy your own sedatives! This section will help you keep medication to a minimum by helping you consider and prepare for all moving costs. It will also offer dozens of tips for reducing costs. Best of all, it will help you find ways to make moving an adventure—or at least a cheap thrill. How? Knowledge. Included are tips from my own professional and personal moving experiences, as well as those of other survivors. Together, we offer practical advice for estimating and reducing your moving costs. And we plan to have some fun along the way. So get out your Smart Moving Notebook again, grab a pen or a crayon, and start making notes.

Moving Schedule
“Grab the beer and the kid, hon. The sheriff’s on the way and he’s got a warrant for Junior’s arrest!” Some moves include advance notice—and others don’t. In either case, this section will help you plan for the actual, the inevitable, or the unforeseen move. If you have a Smart Moving Notebook, keep it nearby. If you don’t have one yet, I’m going to pester you until you do.

Moving Emotions
Moving can be tough on a person’s psyche. Besides all the physical stuff, you may be saying goodbye to friends and family, neighbors, and even the paperboy whom you finally trained to hit the porch. It’s not so much that change is taking place, but that so many changes are happening all at once. No wonder you can’t sleep at night. Change is good—but moving can be overload! This section offers dozens of proven methods for facing, surviving, and even enjoying the emotional side of moving. No, moving won’t replace a hobby—but at least this section will help you grow out your fingernails.

Moving Decisions
“I’ve thought about moving, but I just can’t bring myself to a decision.” “I know we can’t afford it, but I just don’t want to mess with the hassle of moving. Call a mover.” “We have so much junk in the garage that I’d rather stay here than try to move it.” “Let’s move. No, let’s not. Alright, so we’re moving, right?” Making the decision to move may be the most difficult part of moving. Or so it seems. In fact, there are many good reasons—and a few lame ones—for not making a move when logic says otherwise. This section walks you through those reasons to stay put and, if possible, helps you overcome them. The section can also help you handle second thoughts about your move. The key to making a smart decision about moving is seeing problems as challenges and solutions as opportunities.

Moving Less
Move it or lose it-that is the question! “Should we move that old player piano with the bellows missing?” “Should I move that disassembled 1959 Studebaker or get rid of it here?” “Will I ever refinish that old bedroom set stored in the attic?” “Should we move those boxes we haven’t unpacked since our last move?” These can be tough questions for those on the move. On the one hand is Ramsey’s Rule of Mass: Everything you get rid of now is something you won’t have to move yourself or pay to have moved. But, on the other hand, “I might need it some day.” So how often can you make the tough decision between move it or lose it? A thousand times? Without lots of regrets? This section is all about how to efficiently decide what gets moved and what to do with what doesn’t.