Let’s state the obvious -- moving is no fun and can be very stressful. The good news is there are ways to reduce the stress and actually enjoy your move.  Our Michigan long-distance movers are here to tell you how. Since 1983, Preferred Moving & Storage has been helping people move near and far, and have just about perfected the process along the way.

You can trust us when we say we know how to make your long-distance move less stressful.  Not just on you, but on your children, your pets, and even your plants!  Ready to learn more?  Then you are in the right place.

Reducing Stress on Yourself

It is no secret that a long-distance move can get incredibly stressful. Fortunately, you don’t have to carry that weight on your own. The best thing you can do for yourself is hire a reputable moving company that you can trust. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that your household goods are in good hands and it is less likely that unexpected issues will occur during your journey.

To find the right long distance moving company for your relocation, the best thing you can do is read reviews, look at awards and designations, and get a few estimates. You should also get an idea of the moving services that your chosen company provides. This includes packing, storage, crating services, unpacking services, and more.

The more you know about your movers, the less you will worry. You will then be able to focus on other aspects of your move whether that be squaring away career plans, transferring your children to their new school, visiting with friends and family, or anything in between.

Reducing Stress on Your Children

Although you will be the one planning the move, your kids will definitely feel the impact of such a big change. To mitigate the stress they feel, you should be sure to talk with them and give them time to process the information. Take the time to explain what your move really means and leave room for them to ask questions and tell you how they feel.

One of the most important things you need to do is accept their reaction to the news, even if it is negative. Continue talking with them and tell them how you feel about the relocation too. Here are a few other things you can do to make the move easier on your children:

  • Involve them in the process by letting them pack up their own room, choose what to bring in the car, and pick out and plan their new bedroom.
  • Make the most of your remaining time at the old home and in your town or city too.
  • Teach your kids about the new area you are moving to so they can get excited about the adventures to come.

Reducing Stress on Your Pets

Your pets are valued members of your family, and they have feelings too. That said, a move can be very overwhelming for them. Since pets cannot communicate like humans, it’s not like you can tell them what’s going on and why. However, there are a few things you can do to ease them through the process with minimal stress.

During the packing process, create a safe space for your dog or cat with their toys, bed, food, water, and whatever else they will need. Leave that space for the very end, so they have a comfortable spot while all the packing is being done. While the movers are in your home, be sure to keep them in their safe space to lessen their anxiety.

Once your pet is in the car with you, be sure to keep a close eye on them, especially when making any stops for food or potty breaks. It’s true that they will be more at ease knowing they are with their people, but they will still be on edge and may try to run back to what they consider their home.

Reducing Stress on Your Plants

Your plants are also living things, so it only makes sense that they’ll be affected by a big move too. Luckily, there are ways to control the environmental conditions during the journey, so you can keep your plants as healthy as possible. For starters, make sure you water everything thoroughly before you leave.

You should also consider moving your plants out of their pots and into plastic containers for transporting. Not only are ceramic pots heavy, they also run the risk of breaking during the ride. Don’t wait until the move to switch your plants to their new container. Do it two or three weeks before to give them time to acclimate to their new surroundings.  It is not advised to ship your plants with your household goods either, plants should be transported in your vehicle. Maybe the best option is to gift them to a neighbor or friend.

Get Started by Choosing the Right Moving Team

Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge to make your move easier on your family, let the Michigan long-distance movers at Preferred Moving & Storage take you the rest of the way. As an agent for Wheaton World Wide Moving and a ProMover with the American Transportation Association, we are proud to offer only the best care for our customers. Our full-service moving company provides:

  • Full-Service Packing Solutions
  • Custom Crating Options
  • Free Consultations & Moving Quotes from a Knowledgeable Relocation Consultant
  • Protection for Furniture, Doorways, and Floors
  • Secure Short- and Long-Term Storage for All Your Items

Don’t leave your move in just anyone’s hands; get in touch with the trusted professionals at Preferred Moving & Storage to start planning your relocation.  Or you can simply fill out our online form to receive a free moving estimate today.