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Not everyone thinks about how they might move from their homes in the last minute due to emergencies, but it is a concern that you cannot ignore. While many people plan their moves weeks or months in advance, you might need to ask for help in about one or two weeks before you need to leave your old property. The timing can be tough to manage, but something it is a point that you cannot avoid.

There are many reasons why you might need to hire someone to help you move from a spot due to an emergency:

  • You might have to leave your property after breaking off a relationship with someone.
  • You could also need to get out of your space before a foreclosure date.
  • Your new job in a different location might start sooner than you expect.
  • There could be a family need that requires you to move to somewhere new, prompting you to leave on short notice.
  • Sometimes another moving company might have tried helping you, but that entity might have canceled its appointment with you.

Moving on short notice doesn’t have to be scary. You’ll need to review a few points before you plan your emergency move to ensure everything works well and is safe.

Keep Things Going One Step At a Time

The short-notice moving process can seem stressful, but it can get worse if you try doing too many things at once. You can keep your moving plans in check by keeping things going one step at a time. Focus on one task like packing your items or find a storage location for your items before moving to the next one. You’ll have an easier time keeping your work under control when you are cautious with the moving process.

Look At Your Packing Plans

You can plan your move by looking at how you’re going to pack all your items. The packing process should include a careful approach to how you’re going to handle everything.

Watch for how you divide your items. Keep everything sorted by room or function. Look at whether some of your items are high-priority items you’ll need to access sooner after you move, and prioritize those with your moving provider.

Look at how a mover will also handle your items. A mover should be there to safely carry and transport everything in your space, including all the fragile items that require extra preparation. Talk with your mover about you need to transport, and ask about whether you’ll require any special rules for moving these things.

A mover can also prepare different boxes and other moving materials for the process. Movers can create custom-made boxes that fit specific items, or they can use protective padding materials for some products. They can also help you take apart your furniture items and put them back together in your new space. A mover can provide plenty of items, but it can also offer some flexibility when you’re trying to move somewhere.

Manage Your Paperwork

The moving process entails more than transporting your physical items. You’ll also need to look at your paperwork and how you’re managing all your documents before you move to your space.

You can use a few points in your moving plans when getting your paperwork out:

  • Contact your employer about your relocation. Your employer can provide references for you surrounding whatever contracts you need to manage.
  • Transfer all your utilities to your new location soon. Let your utility service providers know about your new address and when you’re going to be there. The process ensures you won’t lose access to whatever utilities you need to use.
  • Move your bank accounts and other finances to your new location. Inform all financial service providers you use about your address to ensure you can stay in touch with everyone here.
  • Bring your car into a maintenance station for service if you have one. You’ll need to ensure your vehicle is ready for the long travel out to your new space.
  • Get all your medical records ready so you can transfer them to a new provider in your new spot.
  • Get your kids’ school records ready if you have any kids with you for your move. You can collect these records and transfer them to a school in your new location.

All paperwork you manage should be updated and accurate. Be certain when getting things ready that you have the right documents and materials on hand. The work ensures you’ll have all your utilities and other items for your life up and running at your new location.

Watch For Storage

Sometimes you might need to store your items in a facility before reaching your space. Your move might be fast to where your items will get to your new location before you can. Make sure whoever you hire offers a storage solution that is safe and accessible. It should also ensure all your items are in an environment where they won’t be at risk of harm or damage.

Moving companies offer many storage options, with many providing climate-controlled environments where all items will stay safe and free from extreme temperatures. A mover should have a storage space that is secure and accessible, plus it should include units that can handle whatever specific items you wish to move at any moment.

Ask Friends and Colleagues For Mover Info

The odds are some people in your local area might have used moving services in your area. You can ask them about their experiences with different movers and what they recommend the most out of these groups. Ask them about how their items were transported or how they were stored. You can also ask about how easy it was for people to unpack their items at their new locations.

Check Online Reviews

You can find many emergency movers online, but don’t trust only their websites when looking for information on these groups. Go online to find reviews on these companies from prior clients. You can check to see what people are saying about these teams and what they like and don’t like about these companies.

You can eventually narrow things down to a few companies. Stick with two or three candidates as the end, as you won’t have enough time to go through any further reviews of all these moving teams.

Watch For the Prices

You can use a few points when reviewing how much a team will charge you for the service:

  • You will spend more money when you need to move more items.
  • The cost to hire someone to arrive at your property can vary surrounding when in the week you will hire someone. It might cost more to book a mover on the weekend, due to many people hiring them during that time.
  • There could be specific rules and rates for moving specific things, including pool tables, pianos, fine art pieces, and other expensive or fragile items. Look at the terms for how a team can help you move all these materials.

Allow For Some Leeway In Your Schedule

The last tip for an emergency move is to include some flexibility in your moving schedule. Not all moving teams will be available when you need them the most. Sometimes you might need to expedite parts of your schedule to accommodate their services. Be ready to get a few things done ahead of time or to shift your schedule when you’re moving your items.

Make sure when finding a mover and packer for an emergency that you can find a team that will serve your needs well. A mover should be ready for you regardless of whatever concerns you have for a move.


Tom Philips

Thomas Philips is a writer and content marketer with a keen interest in the moving industry. As a travel enthusiast and logistics expert by training, Thomas has been working with various moving companies for the past 16 years. He currently writes for Roadway Moving and applies his expertise through his written works. Thomas makes it a point to give practical moving advice to both clients and readers to help transform their moving experience into an unforgettable one