The prospect of moving from one residence to another, even if that move is just across town, is enough to give most people heart palpitations. There’s just so much that can go wrong when you’re moving that it can seem impossible to get it all right.

You don’t have to become one of the horror stories though. There are some ways you can move from one place to another without experiencing sleepless nights or breaking your back and furniture.

Use this guide to help you execute the perfect move.

Hire Movers

Movers can be expensive, but when you hire the right kind at the right type, it’s often a smart value for the average homeowner or renter. Hiring movers means you can stay at work or get the job done a whole lot faster if you’re around to help.

You also won’t have to rent a big truck and try to drive it yourself. Hiring movers also means not asking your friends for that dreaded favor. In the end, that means they won’t ask you when it’s time for their moves either!

Start Packing Early

Packing up a home takes a lot longer than actually putting boxes on a truck. That’s why you need to start doing it at least two weeks ahead of time if possible.

Pack up items you don’t immediately need, like photographs, a music collection or pieces of art. You’ll be able to live without these on display for a while, and moving when this stuff gets done early is much simpler.

Get Your New Home Ready

Before you finish your move and you are completely in your new place, take the time to do some basic setup first. It might seem like you don’t have time, but moving to a new home with very few amenities can make the process even more stressful.

Obviously you need to deal with utilities like your lights and power first. Ideally, those should be turned on about a week before you move in. That way you can deal with any service interruptions or the need to reschedule.

You’ll also want to take care of issues like cable and internet bundles for your home. A place with a few amenities for your family will feel much more like home than just a new place you’re living in for a while.