Relocation is never easy. It's a bittersweet feeling. On one hand, you get a fresh start somewhere else. On the other, you have to say goodbye to a place or people you've come to love. The mixed emotions often add to the stress of doing all the necessary preparations for the move, so it's always a good idea to emotionally brace yourself as well.
The first thing you'll need to do is come to terms with the fact that you're leaving. Most times, relocation is approached about by fresher opportunities somewhere. Perhaps you were promoted and need to be in an office in another state. Perhaps you're tagging along with a special someone or you bought a house somewhere to start living together.
Perhaps you're doing it for the kids, with better futures awaiting them somewhere, scholarships and all. Whatever it is, the fact that you're leaving is more often than not an indication of a better life somewhere, and you have to hold on to that.
Yes, the new place may be different. It could be the same. It could have been more hectic or a lot less busy. Letting go of your old place is not easy. But you will be able to adjust. It's just a matter of time.
Your new place will not be the same as the old one, and there can only be so much that you can bring along with you. Visit your new place a few weeks before the day of the trip. At first glance, you should be able to figure out what items you can carry over to the new house.
Get a sense of how the new home is built. Plan simple things like where to put your extra chairs. If a piece of does not fit in the new living room, maybe there's more space in the bedroom upstairs. You can bring everything to the new house if it's about the same size as the old one. Just set them all up differently.
If there are any things that will just not fit, consider leaving them behind. You can give them to charity or have a garage sale. In about my family's third move, we passed some of our furniture off to my sister and her husband since they had a bigger house. You can do the same. Start packing whatever is left.
Once you've figured out how much cargo you have, you can decide whether there's a need paid help. If you can obtain a vehicle, you can do all the hauling yourself. If not, sometimes you have friends you can borrow a truck from.
The bottom line is this: doing everything yourself is a cheaper option, but requires a bit of manual labor.
If you decide to work with transportation companies, they'll do all the heavy lifting. They may also work with setting up utility services on your home, or at least provide you with a list to choose from.
Your new home should be prepped and ready when you arrive. One of the worst things that can happen is by the time you get into your new home, you find holes in the roof or leaking faucets. Try to visit the new house prior to the move so as to know what needs repairs and what services need setting up.
If there are utilities that need reconnecting, then you should try to arrange them in advance. Call up various companies to see what works best for you. If you need internet service transferred to your new home, let your provider know at least two weeks in advance. The same goes for gas companies and cable providers. If you're a little short on time, go online. There are sites that allow you to find quotes on various services. The same sites that offer quotes may also be able to arrange connections for you.