It's almost impossible to avoid stress completely during a move, but there are a variety of things you can do to minimize the physical demands of a move, as well as the emotional ups and downs that come with planning a move.

Whether your movers in Dallas will move you across the country or just up the street, consider these tips and tools the pros use to enjoy a predictable and smoothly run move.

Don't Wait to Find a Moving Company

Many people move in the warmer months of the year because it's easier to avoid inclement weather, and it's easier to move when everyone isn't in jackets and sweaters. Many moves also occur during the end and beginning of the school year.

Don't risk being unable to find a mover because you've waited until the last minute to start calling Dallas moving companies for quotes. Book early! And the same goes for other pieces of preparation like packing and arranging utilities. Don't get caught at the last minute with tons to do and no time to do it.

Use Quality Moving Boxes

You probably have extra boxes sitting around your house, and you might be able to borrow some from friends or snag some from the local supermarket. Use caution when using old boxes for your move. Cardboard only lasts so long before it starts to wear out.

Consider: Are you interested in a reusable option for your move? You might have your Dallas movers use reusable plastic boxes. You can find places that will rent out reusable boxes, and you can also resell boxes you buy.

Don't Skimp on Packing Materials

Further on the concept of using strong boxes, you'll also want to make sure your packing materials aren't in short supply. In accordance with Murphy's Law and "what can happen will happen," any box you pack without sufficient padding will inevitably create broken pieces.

If you're unsure whether you can safely pack your fragile items, full service movers can pack everything for you in addition to handling the transport. Or, you can ask for assistance with certain items that you're not sure how to wrap and keep safe during transport.

Items that Make Packing and Moving Easier

You've got the right boxes, the best tape, and a ton of bubble wrap. Do you need anything else to make your move a smooth one? Professional movers actually use a fair number of simple tools to reduce the difficulty involved in loading a truck.

For example, they'll usually bring a variety of dollies to help with the heavy furniture. A dolly might look like a flat piece of wood covered in carpet that has wheels on the bottom. A mover will place a few dollies underneath something heavy like a couch to make it easier to move out to the truck.

Other materials the moving company may use include special blankets to wrap around furniture while it's stored in the truck. These blankets prevent scratches and dings from appearing on your furniture while the truck is moving.

Choose Your Moving Company Carefully

One of the best opportunities you have to enjoy a low stress and drama-free move is by comparing local moving companies on their reputation, prices, and customer satisfaction.

Just like getting a second opinion on things like vehicle maintenance and renovation projects improves your experience, speaking with local moving companies will help you plan your relocation.

The planning you accomplish today for your move will reduce the stress you experience once moving day arrives. Don't wait until the last minute to buy tape or get a pet sitter. You don't want to have to make a midnight run to the hardware store to find more boxes.