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May marks a time for fresh flowers, fresh projects, fresh paint, and for many Americans, fresh starts as they move homes. May is National Moving Month, and while most Americans report having moved homes more than 4 times over their lifetime, 87 percent feel moving is somewhat or very stressful, according to a new national survey of 1,000 Americans from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

While physically moving (lifting and unloading) and packing are top worries (29 percent and 35 percent rate as very or extremely stressful), all aspects of moving, from renting a moving truck (19 percent) to decorating (13 percent) to organizing documents (30 percent), cause some worry.

Whether you are taking the DIY approach, outsourcing completely or calling Dad for help with moving we have advice from the experts on how to worry less and gain more confidence throughout the process. Before you embark on a move it’s important to turn your worries into problem solving. For example, it could be to make sure that all that matters to you arrives in your new home safely. Then, outline steps you might take to ensure this happens such as going through room by room to determine what’s most valuable, documenting your possessions, setting a moving budget and consulting with a friend who’s moved for reliable referrals or advice.

Breaking down move-related worries into parts will also help reduce worrying in the long run. DIY expert Chip Wade also recommends, "Part of the 'break it down' approach entails looking for free tools and savings at each step of the process. For example, Liberty Mutual offers a discount through Unpakt, a free resource that lets you find the best moving companies, compare real prices and reviews, and book your move online. After you've moved into your new home, look for ways to save on your home insurance through discounts that help you save on new homes or installing protective devices."

Be sure to check out additional resources from Liberty Mutual, like "Life Hacks: How to Pack for a Move," and "Checklist: 8 Things to Do When Moving into a New Home."

Over the next few months, stay tuned for tips and advice on how to build more confidence with our DIY expert Chip Wade.


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