Everybody Hates Moving – Here’s How to Make It LESS Stressful


Did you know that moving can be so stressful, some researchers rank it as the most stressful life event1?!

For most of us, moving leads to new chapters and new beginnings. It’s a time for celebration and looking forward to brighter days ahead. 

But to get to that point, you’ve got a LOT of preparation to do for the moving process. (And yes, part of this involves creating a shift in your mindset.

To help you get through this process unscathed, let’s dive into the causes of move-related stress, plus our best tips to relieve the common anxiety around moving.

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Why is Moving Stressful?

The cost. 

Scheduling. 

Shoving the entire contents of your life into boxes and dropping said boxes off with a stranger who will haul them across the country in a truck.

Picking up and moving your family across the country where you know no one — the list of why moving is so incredibly stressful goes on and on.

A survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that Americans are the most anxious about finances, safety, and health. Moving can trigger anxiety because it impacts your finances and safety.

Here are the top causes for move-related stress:

Moving Stress Trigger #1: Money

Money plays a significant role in moving stress. 

Moving is expensive. There are deposits, down payments, the cost of the movers and moving supplies, new furniture, and so on. 

This can lead to many sleepless nights worrying about whether you can realistically afford all the mounting costs.

Moving Stress Trigger #2: Planning

There’s a lot of planning to do when you’re prepping for a move… Including everything from finding a reputable company, coordinating the move day and other contractors, to finding new schools, doctors, and more.

Plus, you have to squeeze in all the planning between your daily routine of work, school, and your relationships! (Sometimes all three.)

Moving Stress Trigger #3: Packing

Packing up your entire life is one of the most dreaded parts of moving. 

It’s time-consuming and exhausting. But it’s also stressful. 

What if your great-grandmother’s tea set gets damaged? How are you going to live without all of your belongings until they arrive at your new place?

Moving Stress Trigger #4: Pets

Your pets need to accompany you on the move, but it doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy it. 

It can be stressful to coordinate their care. Once you arrive, you have the added stress of an unfamiliar location for your fur baby. You may spend more time soothing your pet than you expected.

Moving Stress Trigger #5: Fear of the Unknown

Another major moving stress trigger, and the one that’s most likely to have your thoughts racing at all hours of the night, is the unknown.

You’re likely moving to an unfamiliar place, and the list of fears that come with the unknown is endless.

This anxiety becomes magnified if you have children who must also adapt to a new place, new school, and curriculum, finding new sports teams and friends, and so on.

Stress and Moving—What the Science Says

Let’s dig deeper into some moving and stress-related stats and studies:

  • 34% of movers report feeling anxious during the move.
  • 40% of movers reported depression and physical illness during the move.
  • 60% of survey respondents have put off looking for a new home because of moving-related stress.  

The Impact of Moving

Change, even when it’s expected, planned for, and for a great purpose, is HARD.

As humans, we adapt to our routines and find comfort in familiarity.

When that changes as drastically as it does during a move, it can be a recipe for an emotional rollercoaster.

Helping Kids Cope with Moving Anxiety

Moving can be especially difficult for children who have to adapt to a new schedule and curriculum. They also have to adjust to new teachers, coaches, other authority figures, and find new friends.

These disruptions may even cause children to misbehave and act out when the stress and anxiety feel overwhelming. 

Here are a few ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety of moving for your kids:

  1. Explain why the move is necessary.
  2. Try to familiarize your kids with the new area as much as possible. You can use maps, photos, social media, and books if/when physical visits aren’t possible.
  3. Talk frequently about the “pros” the new location offers that your kids will appreciate, such as a state-of-the-art water park or a beach.
  4. If your child is a senior in high school, consider letting them stay with a close family member or friend until they graduate.
  5. Get the kids involved with designing and picking out furniture for their new room.
  6. Make sure your kids know they can stay in touch with their friends from their old neighborhood.

How Does Moving Effect Your Pets?

Effects of Moving Stress on Cats

Cats get stressed in unfamiliar locations. It’s important that you keep the same routine as at the old house as your cat adjusts, try to bring as many of their favorite toys or items with the smell of the old house on them with you, and when all else fails: catnip. 

Effects of Moving Stress on Dogs

Does moving stress out dogs? It definitely can!

Dogs are more stressed with unfamiliar noises and items in the house. So, get your pets used to these disturbances beforehand. 

Start acclimating your pets to the sound of tape and stacks of boxes a couple of weeks before you start the process. 

Stick to your routine and give them extra play and walk time. A new toy or bone at the new house doesn’t hurt either!

3 Expert Tips for Relieving Move-Day Stress

If you’re already feeling the stress of moving, here are a few tips that can help:

1. Keep Your Stress in Check

It’s important to take a step back and breathe every once in a while during the moving process.

Remember that, while it may be sad to leave the place where you made so many memories, you’re only leaving the physical location. You can take the memories with you.

Focus on self-care to keep your stress in check and make time to go on walks, take a bubble bath, or watch an episode of your favorite show.

These small serene moments will do wonders for keeping stress at bay.

2. Moving During a Difficult Time

Unfortunately, not all moves are under happy circumstances. 

Moving because of a job or family member loss can aggravate the already stressful situation. During these times, lean on your support system as much as you can. 

That may mean asking your friends to help lift boxes, storing some things in a family member’s garage, and looking for short-term housing solutions.

It’s important to take the moving process—like everything else—day by day if you’re moving during a difficult time.

3. Make a Long-Distance Move Less Stressful

The farther you’re moving, the more stress you’ll inevitably feel. 

However, there are some things you can do to relieve long-distance move stress, including:

  • Prepare early. Don’t expect to pick up and move across the country in two weeks. Coordinating a move in a faraway place requires much more time and planning. As soon as you know you are moving, start the planning process. Map out each stage of your move in writing so you can see what needs to be done and when. Move backward from your moving date and note what needs to be accomplished in order of priority.
  • Lighten your load. When you’re making a long-distance move, it’s best not to keep everything. You’ll be more stressed trying to cram everything on the moving truck, and your moving costs will escalate. Plus, the time spent packing and unpacking will only add to your anxiety and frustration.
  • Do a home inventory. Take inventory of your house and figure out which items are worth keeping (items with sentimental value, the kids’ favorite toys, items you love, etc.), and which items you should sell or donate. 
  • Get professional moving & packing help. One surefire way to make your long-distance (and local) move a lot less stressful is by leaning on an expert team of professional movers. Movers will handle the logistics of the physical move as well as the heavy lifting. Entrust an experienced moving company to get your goods safely from point A to point B for your own peace of mind.

Wrapping Up

Moving doesn’t have to be a stressful, dreaded experience.

If you give yourself enough time to prepare, get organized, and rely on a team of moving experts, you can safely move your belongings to your new home without the added chaos.

Ready to get started on a stress-free move? Choose trustworthy movers with superb training and thousands of great reviews! 

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Sources:

  1. “Moving Is More Stressful than Getting Divorce, Becoming a Parent, Survey Finds.” Study Finds, Oct. 2020, www.studyfinds.org/moving-more-stressful-than-divorce-having-kids. Accessed 28 Apr 2021.
  2. “APA Public Opinion Poll – Annual Meeting 2018.” Psychiatry.org, 2018, www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/apa-public-opinion-poll-annual-meeting-2018. Accessed 28 Apr 2021.

Unique Housewarming Party Ideas You Can Do Year-Round


Ready to celebrate after moving into your new home or apartment? Finding ideas for a housewarming party is the logical (and exciting) next step to take after moving into your new space. 

It’s also a great way to settle in and embark on your new journey of getting to know your neighborhood and neighbors!

Properly planning your housewarming party and finding attention-grabbing ideas is key to entertaining your group of besties and family. 

But if your local weather forecast is looking kinda iffy for the next few weeks, you need celebration ideas that can work in any season, rain or shine. 

So, as part of our Spruce Your Space series, we’re rounding up some unique, all-season housewarming party ideas to make your first great memories in your new home or apartment.

3 Creative & Unique Housewarming Party Ideas For Any Season

1. Housewarming Theme Idea #1: New Home, Who Dis?

Photo by Christian Stahl on Unsplash

 

Theme:

You just moved into a new house and you’re in love with the possibilities. 

So you know that the amazing people in your life are going to feel proud and excited for you, too. 

Play up the optimism by putting the focus back on your home—especially if you’ve done some cool renovations or stunning decoration. 

Before initiating the games, do a tour of your home first (hide any unpacked boxes that are still around). You’ll understand why later!

Food:

Whether you’re whipping up the creations yourself, catering with interesting new fusions, or if you’re giving your guests ideas on what to bring, you can focus on brand-new or unheard-of foods. 

Even if it’s a recipe that you’ve recently discovered or a regional food you’ve never tried, it will get both you and your buddies out of your comfort zones and chatting.

Games:

Prep your own personal list of different attributes in your new place: 

  • Is the stove gas or electric? 
  • Are there any ceiling fans? 
  • What kind of flowers are in the front yard? 
  • What color is the outside of the front door? 

These are just some facts about your home that you can easily turn into a trivia game. 

It will help you find out which of your guests has a keen eye and a great memory! 

Perfect For:

Anyone who just moved into a new house. Doesn’t matter whether you’re the tenant or homeowner. 

This can also work if you moved into an apartment or condo that’s larger than a one-bedroom… Just make sure your space is already decorated or the game won’t be challenging at all.

2. Housewarming Theme Idea #2: Local Lovin’ 

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Theme:

How well do you and your friends know your own city?

This housewarming theme is all about the new location you now call home. You’d be surprised how little some people know about an area they’ve lived in for years!

Food:

Stick to serving anything that your new area is known for, (regardless of whether you cooked it or not). 

Moving to Texas? Find the best nearby barbeque joint that caters and grab enough utensils for everyone. 

Say, your new spot is in San Antonio, order local foodie staples like smoked chicken and puffy tacos for guests while whipping up margaritas. 

If you’re inviting neighbors who are particularly proud of their city, they’ll appreciate how you’re trying to acclimate to your new setting!

Games:

Option A: Trivia is the easiest go-to game for this Local Lovin’ housewarming party theme. So, round up some interesting facts from a quick Google search about your new city or state to test your guests. 

Have a list of each fact + answer, and number them all. 

Make some flashcards with the corresponding number on one side and the question on the other side, so the answer key will match the card number. Now you’re ready to play!

For incorrect answers, simply add a twist. 

You can turn it into a drinking game or have guests reveal a quirky dance move or hilarious personal truth. 

Option B: New spaces are great for inspiring creativity, so why not get artsy by painting? Plus, if the weather is less than ideal, this will brighten things up a bit. 

You can grab some watercolor paint (it’s extremely easy to clean if it spills), mini canvasses, and mini easels from your local hobby store. 

Set up your guests in the kitchen where clean-up is a breeze, and grab your favorite drinks.

Concentrate on one area of your home to paint so everyone has the same focal point. 

This will vary based on how much your kitchen is open, and which rooms it opens towards. 

If you have a killer view from an apartment, this works even better. (Or, you can always just paint a scene of your kitchen!)

Perfect For:

People who are moving to a new state, city, or town will love this.

Even if you moved within the same city, this theme still works.

3. Housewarming Theme Idea #3: House to a Home  

housewarming party game ideas using interior design swatches options

 

Theme:

We all know that watching tons of HGTV can really pump up your inner interior designer.

So, yeah, while turning your house into a home seems easy at first… 

You soon realize there’s a plethora of beautiful paint colors, wall, and flooring options to choose from.

Indecision can kick in…making you doubt everything for fear of the wrong choice. 

Forget that! 

Why not ask those who know you best? 

Invite your friends and family over to a party designed to turn your bare new house into a home. 

Food:

This theme is based on the comfort and coziness of home. 

Order some comfort foods and well-known desserts from local spots—like mac n’ cheese, lasagna, Southern fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, cupcakes, apple pie—you get the idea. 

You can also turn this into a potluck if visitors want to bring food.

Since comfort foods tend to be heavy, stick to small portion sizes and try to schedule your party earlier in the day. 

If your housewarming party time isn’t flexible, scale down the comfort foods into appetizer-sized versions:

  • Mac n’ cheese bites vs. a bowl of mac n’ cheese
  • Apple pie squares instead of an entire slice
  • Fried chicken tenders instead of a hefty drumstick or wing

Your guests will love the food, but they still need a chance to get home without being overstuffed and sleepy! 

Games:

Get your top choices for your next in-home project ready. 

So if you’re having trouble choosing between paint or backsplash tile options, don’t stress! Just get some samples not only for yourself but for your housewarming party. 

Alternatively, you can save inspiring examples online of the spaces you’d love to replicate in your new place (Pinterest and Instagram are the absolute best resources.)

If you have a projector or smart TV set up, you can cast these saved images from your computer or phone for your housewarming party audience. 

Get their votes and let them help you decide

Most importantly, don’t forget to keep them in the loop with the outcome. 

Your friends will love to know their input helped you make your final decision!

Perfect For:

Uncertain new homeowners/ renters who want to make minor changes to their space, but need advice from friends/family.

Should You Still Have a Housewarming Party During COVID-19?

If you’re wary about transmitting more than just good vibes—like COVID-19, for instance—you can always go virtual.

It’s as simple as setting up a call on Facebook Messenger Rooms, Zoom, Telegram, or Skype!

Although you still should do the standard party-planning stuff (sending digital invitations, giving advance notice, etc.), there’s a lot you don’t have to do for an online celebration. 

Virtual housewarming parties can actually be much less expensive and better in general for everyone who attends.

Here’s why:

  1. It’s perfect for long-distance loved ones to join in.
  2. You and your guests can skip buying food and drinks.
  3. No one has to pay for tolls or gas getting to your home
  4. Guests don’t have to worry about having one too many adult beverages before hitting the road. 
  5. Social distancing is so much easier.
  6. Anyone who is eating during a video chat, won’t have to worry about spilling food or remembering to put their mask back on.  
  7. Guests who want to give gifts won’t feel pressured to do so.
  8. People with children don’t have to find a babysitter/pet-sitter before your party, or rush home after it. 
  9. Your home and party decor don’t have to be the slightest bit done. (For virtual housewarming celebrations on a budget, you don’t really need party decor at all!)
  10. Once it’s over, the only person you have to clean up after is yourself 

**If you opt to have an in-person housewarming party and you’re not vaccinated:

Try sticking to the guidelines of reputable major health organizations, like the CDC or WHO (World Health Organization).  Your guests will really appreciate that their well-being is your priority while they participate in your big celebration!

Your housewarming party should be riveting—not regrettable!

So, avoid accidentally getting into legal skirmishes by sticking to your state and local guidelines, too.  There may be limits on the time of day or amount of non-resident guests allowed, among other things.

You definitely don’t want to unknowingly violate any local regulations simply by celebrating a housewarming party!

That would certainly give your neighbors something to talk about (and not in a good way.)

Wrapping Up

Now that you have some inspiration on what to do for a housewarming party, it’s time to schedule your party and send invitations. 

Giving your intended guests a heads-up is simply good old-fashioned etiquette. 

We highly recommend giving them no less than 3 weeks’ notice. (This way, anyone who RSVPs still has enough time to plan around their own schedules and possibly order a gift for you.)

These imaginative ideas for your upcoming housewarming party will give you an awesome time to remember, no matter the time of year!

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Should You Re-Sign Your Lease or Move?


If you're renting and your lease is about to expire, you might be struggling with the decision of whether you should resign it…or move. It's a tough choice, especially if you don't have any major complaints about where you live, but maybe you're not opposed to making a change. If you keep asking yourself "should I move or should I renew my lease?" take a look at some considerations to make first.

The Benefits of Staying Put

If you find yourself trying to come up with an answer to the age-old "should I move?" question, there's probably a reason you're having trouble with it. In fact, there are likely several reasons you're thinking about staying right where you are. The following are some great reasons to stay, so if you can relate to most of them, it might be best to renew your lease:

  • You like your house or apartment
  • You're familiar with & comfortable with your surroundings (such as your favorite grocery store!)
  • You like your neighbors, property managers and neighborhood in general
  • You'll enjoy saving money by not having to pay a deposit at a new place
  • You won't have to move or pack
  • You won't have to spend time finding a new place
  • You won't have to pay to hire movers

The Benefits of Moving

Of course, moving has its own benefits and is sometimes the best option. That's why you're even asking yourself "should I move?" If the following reasons to move appeal to you, it may be time to hire Dallas movers and find a new place to live:

  • You're ready for new adventures
  • You want some new surroundings
  • You don't like your current location and want better proximity to work, school, etc.
  • You need more space
  • You need a more affordable home
  • You don't feel safe or comfortable in your current home
  • You're excited for a new or nicer space to decorate how you want

What to Consider Before Making a Decision

As you think about whether or not you should move, you should ask yourself the following questions before you make your decision:

  • Commute: How is your commute? Would moving closer to work save you a lot of time every day?
  • Trade-Offs: What are the trade-offs of moving? Would moving closer to work put you farther away from your favorite amenities?
  • Security: Do you actually like your living space right now? Do you feel secure where you are?
  • Lifestyle: Is your current space conducive to your lifestyle, or would moving make life easier? Would your current situation make it hard to move? For example, would it be difficult to show proof of income, or do you have big dogs that might not be allowed in a new place?
  • Relationships: Are you close to friends, family, or your significant other? If so, how far away from them could you live?
  • Roommates: Do you have roommates right now, or would you need to get some to afford your new place? Would your current roommates come with you if you moved?
  • Budget: Do you have the money it takes to pay for your move, such as deposits & moving expenses?
  • Timing: Do you have the time right now to search, read reviews, and scout out new places? If you still aren't sure about moving, can you stick it out another year, or maybe get a lease extension for now?

So, after asking yourself these questions, do you think you're ready to move, or should you stay awhile? If it's the latter, you might still want to keep these questions in mind for the next time your lease comes up for renewal. But if the benefits of moving outweigh the benefits of staying put, be sure to schedule Dallas movers for help relocating! At 3 Men Movers, we have years of experience helping people move, so click here for a free moving quote


Decluttering Your House: How to Get Rid of Things You No Longer Want in Austin


If some days you look around and realize your house is too cluttered, you're not alone. We all have things we just don't use anymore, and yet we allow them to continue to sit in our house, closet, or garage, day in and day out, simply taking up space. You know that treadmill you haven't turned on since 2002 and now just acts as a clothes rack? Or maybe that outfit you bought three years ago but still haven't found an occasion to wear it? Well, how about setting aside some time in the next month and getting rid of that stuff once and for all? It will give you more space, and it will feel great to finally get rid of it! And if you plan on moving soon, think about how much easier your move will go when you have fewer things for your Austin movers to load up and transport. Here's how to get started on getting rid of items you don't need.

Keep It in the Family (or At Least Within Your Circle of Friends)

Maybe you've finally come to terms with the fact that you're probably not ever going to step on that treadmill again…but your sister--who has been trying to get in shape--just might! After all, one person's "trash" is another person's treasure.

So as you go through the things you don't want, think about friends and family members who might be able to use some of them. Maybe you have a perfectly good set of pots and pans you never cook with, and your best friend--who's just getting into cooking more lately--would love them.

Or perhaps your son's old clothes would be perfect for your neighbor's younger son. Whether you donate your unwanted items to friends and family or sell them at a super low price, keeping them within your circle is a great way to help out loved ones while getting rid of things you no longer need.

Make Some Money While Downsizing

If no one you know wants your belongings, another option is to sell them. Among the easiest ways to do this is to take pictures and put them on Facebook Marketplace, or any local Austin Facebook groups that let members buy and sell. In fact, there are a few groups that are specifically for buying and selling in the Austin area. Similarly, you can post your items for sale on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

If you prefer to sell your items in person rather than online, consider going to a local resale store. For example, you can get money for your used clothing, shoes, purses and accessories at the Plato's Closet in South Austin.

If you have furniture or household items to sell, head to consignment stores that take these items. Design with Consignment is one example of this kind of store in Austin. This way, you get your unwanted belongings off your hands--making more room in your home--and you make a little money at the same time!

As nice as it is to make some extra cash when downsizing, it's not always a practical endeavor. Maybe you don't have time to take pictures and write a description for every item you have so you can sell online, and you don't want to spend your Saturday at the local consignment store. In this case, donating is a good idea.

In fact, since donations are usually tax-deductible, this tactic can be just as profitable as selling your stuff, especially if you usually owe at tax time. So head to the Austin Goodwill or Salvation Army to make your donations as you downsize. Most locations can even pick up your items if you can't transport them yourself.

You can also donate gently used professional attire to Dress for Success, as they're often looking for free clothes, shoes, and other accessories. This way, you know you're helping a good cause while making more room in your home.

Throw Out Old Items

You know that saying, "when in doubt, throw it out?" Well, it applies here! If you know you don't use it, and no one you know want wants or needs it, it's probably time to just throw it away.

This is particularly true of stained or torn clothing and shoes, ripped up furniture and broken household appliances. If you're having trouble getting rid of items you want to throw out, you can contact LoadUp in Austin to come pick up your junk.

Following these tips can help you get rid of anything you don't need in your house. And if the reason you're trying to declutter is that you plan on moving in Austin soon, contact us to schedule Austin movers to come help you from start to finish on moving day!


Interstate Moving vs. Intrastate Moving: What’s The Difference?


When you call 3 Men Movers to get an estimate and start planning your move, one of the details we'll need to know is whether you're making an interstate or intrastate move.

So what's the difference?

Interstate moves involve moving from one state to another, while intrastate moves occur within the same state.

So if you're moving from Texas to Illinois, you need interstate movers.

If you're moving from Dallas to El Paso, you need intrastate movers. And, while you could hire 3 Men Movers for either type of move, we mainly specialize in local moves.

If you're trying to decide what type of movers to call for your interstate or intrastate move, here's what you need to know.

How Intrastate Moving Works

Intrastate vs Interstate moving

If you only remember one thing about our movers, it's that local moves are their jam.

Looking at the map above for us Texans, that means if you're moving anywhere in and around Texas, it's an intrastate move.

So if you're moving from San Antonio to Austin, or Houston to Dallas, we've got you covered!

We even have moving offices in all those cities, though we can certainly move you to any other Texas city for your intrastate move, as well.

As experienced intrastate movers, we can beat the competition when it comes to pricing and speed.

We get most local moves done in one day, or at least overnight. That means when our movers show up to help you move in the morning, you could be sleeping in your new bed the same night!

We've had over 30 years in the moving industry to perfect our craft, so we're pretty efficient at this point. So, when you need a speedy, affordable move within the state of Texas, we'd be happy to help you!

How Interstate Moving Works

If your move will cross state lines, you're looking for interstate movers. Here's where it gets a little tricky if you want to hire 3 Men Movers.

Now, if you're moving from Texas to surrounding states, such as Louisiana or Oklahoma (any state in red on the map), it shouldn't be a problem.

We'd be glad to offer our services at an affordable rate, considering this move probably wouldn't take much longer than a move from Houston to El Paso.

But if you're moving from Dallas to Chicago, or basically to any state that's not next to Texas (every state that's white on the map), you might want to look into moving companies that specialize in interstate moves.

Basically, you'll want to look at some national van line companies. They operate differently than local movers, making them more cost-effective for long distances. They typically have a driver who simply operates the truck, rather than loading and unloading it, too.

That doesn't mean you're on your own when it comes to moving your stuff into the truck.

Usually, the agent for the van line has a hub in your city, and that company will load your items into the truck, at which point the truck driver will drive to your new home.

Along with moving all of the stuff inside of your home, you may also like to move one or all of your vehicles to avoid driving them or towing them yourself.

As far as your own vehicle is concerned, you may want to consider shipping it if:

  • Your move is really long-distance, as in over 900 miles
  • You have concerns about driving long distances for days—especially at night
  • Paying for gas, hotels, or simply putting additional wear-and-tear on your car is out of your budget
  • You or accompanying passengers have health issues that would make sitting for a looong time either uncomfortable or unsafe

When you factor in the cost of gas and the increased safety and convenience factors, shipping your car makes a lot of sense!

If you think that's a route worth exploring, check out a car-shipping company like All America Auto Transport.

They're a great option to transport and ship your vehicle safely, reliably, and at a reasonable rate!

When To Hire 3 Men Movers

So what makes van lines like this more affordable than moving companies like 3 Men Movers for interstate moves?

They don't usually have to deadhead on the way back. (Deadheading means driving an empty truck back to the office after moving someone.)

Instead, they can often pick up another load on the way back, so their trip is a little more lucrative.

This, in turn, saves you money!

So can we do interstate moving? We can!

However, we're probably not the cheapest since we send our whole crew, not just a driver, and we have to deadhead on the way back.

Some of our regular customers know this and still hire us for long-distance moves, since knowing they're in good hands is worth any price.

Whether you need interstate movers or intrastate movers, 3 Men Movers can help.

We have offices in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas, so contact us today!

 


Watch Out For These 4 Main Triggers of Move Day Stress


You know moving is difficult, and that's why you've hired movers to do the heavy lifting, (literally.)

So why are you still feeling stressed about the move? Shouldn't you be sitting back with a glass of sweet tea, feeling good about your stress-free moving experience?

Apparently, that's not a reality for most people. In fact, despite having over 30 years of moving experience, even our CEO was stressed about her recent move, and she had the best movers at her beck and call!

So why is moving stressful? Here are the top four reasons for move day stress.

1. Physical Exertion

Okay, everyone knows you'll be stressed if you try to do the whole move without the help of a moving company. Moving is physically exhausting! But we've realized that while hiring movers can cut your physical work in half, you're still bound to be stressed at some point.

That's because even when movers wheel all the heavy items out of your house, you're still going to be walking around, moving around boxes and smaller possessions. Maybe while your movers remove your fridge, you're busy doing laps around the house, finding random items you forgot to pack. All that exertion adds up, especially when you're used to sitting at a desk job and normally only log 5,000 steps on your Fitbit ... on a good day! And that unexpected exertion leads to move day stress.

2. Extra Tasks

No matter how much physical help you have from your movers, you're still going to end up exhausted from all the extra tasks that require mental focus. You have to schedule your move, and once that's on the books, it's time to start calling utility companies to cancel services at the old house and set them up at the new house.

Add these administrative tasks to your normal day -- which probably involves working, taking care of kids or both -- and it's no wonder you're stressed! Moving feels like a part-time job, and that's even with help from a great moving company. And it's not like you can outsource these tasks. You have to squeeze them into your day, which causes sleep deprivation ... and that can lead to a compromised immune system and mood swings. In fact, many people get colds while moving, further increasing move day stress. So yeah, why is moving stressful? Probably because of all of this!

3. Added Stress on Relationships

Now you're grouchy, haven't slept, and you're spending all your free time packing and making phone calls. It's no surprise that your relationship is probably not thriving right now. In many cases, one person perceives the other as doing less than they should, causing arguments leading up to moving day.

So if you find yourself snapping at your significant other, don't worry. It might not spell the end of the relationship. It just means your move is probably almost over, so wait a little bit before you decide to inform your SO that they will be getting kicked out of your new home before even moving in!

4. More Decisions to Make

Another reason for move day stress is that you're making decisions all day. Even when you have terrific movers doing most of the work, they're going to need some direction, and it's going to come from you! So prepare to be pointing your finger to let movers know where to put furniture. Your brain will be exhausted for sure, especially if you're also deprived of sleep, food, and free time.

Wrapping Up

Now you know why move day stress exists. So how can you try managing your stress when moving? Planning ahead helps, as you'll need time to purge your house of items you don't want to bring with you. And getting your move scheduled with a moving company will also help you achieve a stress-free moving day ... or as close to that as possible! Contact 3 Men Movers today to get a quote.