Whether you relocate by choice or you have to relocate against your own wishes, there’s no doubt about it, moving is hard. Within the last four years, our family has had to relocate five different times for various reasons. Over these past four years, I have learned some important lessons.
Lesson 1: Do As Much As You Can Yourself
The first couple relocations, we used professional moving companies. Unfortunately, they were expensive and they did a lot of damage.
By the third move, we decided to try renting a moving truck ourselves. We hired some strong guys to help us load and unload our truck, and we did all the driving. This was the way to go! It was much cheaper and we were able to make sure our possessions were being handled properly.
It was also an awesome bonding experience for our family as we all learned to work together as a team. After every move, there is always a sense of satisfaction within our family that we accomplished a great feat together!
Lesson 2: Always Remember Stuff is Just Stuff
For some reason, with our last relocation, we had the most damaged items. You would figure after doing these relocations so many times before, we would know how to load the moving trucks so nothing would get damaged.
This is not a made up picture, these boxes came directly out of our moving truck from our last relocation. Were items damaged? Yes. But people weren’t. That is what is most important to me.
Stuff can always be replaced, but people cannot. Relocating can be extremely stressful for everybody involved. It’s important to always remember to keep things in perspective and not get upset over damaged material things. Even if those material things cost a lot of money, they can be replaced. You can’t replace people and relationships.
Remember, if you have crushed boxes or broken belongings that’s ok, as long as you don’t have crushed or broken people.
Lesson 3: Relocating Doesn’t Get Easier
Every relocation we’ve done, I’ve learned something new. I take this knowledge with me to the next move and apply it. However, there always seems to be some new problems that come up with every relocation. So, no matter how many times you have done this in the past, you can never be fully prepared for what you are about to encounter on your next relocation. All you can do is your best to be prepared.
So whether you decide to move on Thanksgiving Day or move in 105 degree heat (yes, our family has experienced both those scenarios), remember to always be flexible in your plans, and love your peeps!
Since you are in the relocation season in your life, you may also be interested in the article I have written about whether or not a real estate agent is necessary when relocating. You can read that article here:
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