Planning a move can feel overwhelming—especially when you’re heading far away. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be all bad with the right Albany long-distance moving company on your side. As you may have already guessed… That company is Don’s Moving & Storage!

Since we first opened our doors in 1952, we have been completing relocations of all sizes and scopes throughout the entire country. Are you getting ready to move? Before you get into the nitty gritty of all the planning and preparations, we’re going to go over one of the most important aspects of any relocation: managing stress. Let’s dive in. How to Mitigate Your Own Stress Since you’re the one reading this blog, it’s a safe bet that you’re the one planning this move. Whether you have help from a partner or spouse or you’re doing it alone, the process can be quite overwhelming. 

Luckily, there are a few ways to ease some of that burden, so you can maintain your sanity during this rather chaotic time.

The first thing you can do is choose a reputable moving company. By having confidence in your team, you can take a deep breath and be at peace knowing a professional has your back. One of the best ways to find a great moving company is to do your research. Check out websites, look at awards and affiliations, and perhaps most importantly, read reviews and ask for recommendations from your peers.

Part of finding the right company is assessing your needs for your relocation. Many movers offer full-service plans that cover everything from preparations and packing to storage and unpacking. Having a team pack and unpack your items can take a lot of the heavy lifting off your shoulders and will leave you with more free time to deal with the other aspects of moving far away.

How to Mitigate Your Kids’ Stress Though your kids don’t have to deal with the actual logistics of moving, they’re still going to be feeling the effects. It’s natural for children to feel uprooted and lost during this time because they rely heavily on routines and stability. 

That being said, don’t feel guilty about moving with kids. There are plenty of ways to make them feel more comfortable with the idea, including:

  • Talk to them about their feelings throughout every step of the process and encourage communication on their end, too.
  • Let them pack their own belongings and choose a few things to keep with them during the journey.
  • Involve them in different parts of the process—house hunting, organizing, decorating, etc.
  • Take breaks during the moving process to spend time together. This way, not everything will be about the move.
  • Teach them about the area you are moving to and find fun activities to do together once you’re there.
  • …and the list goes on!

How to Mitigate Your Pets’ Stress Since their lives are based around yours, pets are adaptable, but It’s no secret that they love routines. It’s also not a secret that a move will severely disrupt their routine. Between the packing, the strangers in and out of the house, and the change in schedules, your pet is going to know something is up.

Making the right preparations can help minimize the amount of stress they feel. One of the best things you can do is designate a space for your pet while you pack up the rest of the house. Dedicate a room just for their things, so they feel they have a safe space amidst the craziness.

Once you’re on the road, make sure to give them enough room to lay comfortably in the car. Stop frequently for potty breaks, give them plenty of water, and surround them with familiar items—their bed or blanket, toys, and anything else. 

Most importantly, make sure your contact information is up to date in the case that your pet gets lost or runs away. It’s not a strange occurrence for a pet that is stressed out to bolt out of the car and try to find their way back home. Be sure to keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area and keep them as calm as possible. How to Mitigate Your Plants’ Stress This one may sound a bit silly when compared to the other things we talked about, but it is still important! If you are planning to take your houseplants with you on this journey, there are a few things you should do to minimize the effects of them going into shock.

For starters, transfer any plants in ceramic pots into plastic containers to avoid any potential breakage. You should also water them thoroughly before you go, so you don’t have to worry about attempting to do it in your car throughout the transition. Most importantly, you must try to control temperature and lighting as much as possible. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t leave your plants in temperatures below 35 degrees F or about 100 degrees F.Get in Touch with Our Albany Movers to Start Planning Your Move Today

So, now you have a better idea on how to keep your cool during your move—What’s next? The answer: contact your local movers! Since you’ve made it this far, we figured it would be useful to tell you a little bit about ours here at Don’s Moving & Storage.

On top of being a BBB-accredited company and a ProMover with the American Moving & Storage Association, we’re also an agent for Wheaton World Wide Moving, which means we have the skills and resources to complete moves of all sizes and scopes with ease.

When you choose our Albany long-distance movers for your upcoming move, you can enjoy comprehensive services that meets you where your needs are:

  • Free Moving Estimates
  • Custom Crating for Fragile Items
  • Reliable Valuation Coverage
  • High-Quality Boxes and Supplies
  • Stretch Wrapping for Furniture
  • Short-Term Storage Options
  • Doorway and Floor Protection
  • Moving for Heavy Items
  • …and more!

Are you ready to start planning your move? Get in touch with the local experts at Don’s Moving & Storage today to schedule a free consultation with our experts today.