Submitted by Heather Curry
Moving to a new place can be a daunting task. This can be made especially stressful if you plan on doing everything yourself. From packing up your belongings, to physically get them to the new destination, there is often much to accomplish to make your move as efficient and easy as possible. Whether moving an entire family, or just yourself, there is a lot to consider and prepare for before you even take the first steps toward packing and moving.
It is important to keep in mind that there are companies that can do a lot of the work for you. True, it will require paying out some cash, but often times, it is well worth it. Deciding on whether or not to go this route is one of the first things you should tackle. Budget out how much it will cost if you choose to do it all on your own and compare that with the rates that are offered by various companies. Get the quotes before you decide to go it alone. It won’t hurt to know.
Don’t just budget costs, budget time as well. Figure out what your schedule needs to be and then stick to it. Will you be taking time off work to get everything accomplished? Time is money, so factor that in as well. Decide how much time you have available to pack everything. Don’t push yourself to do more than you can in a given amount of time. If you are moving long-distance, plan your travel time. You’ll also want to add in the cost it will take to stay overnight along your route.
When factoring costs, you’ll need a list of everything it will take to successfully move your belongings. If you’re renting a moving truck to load up yourself, take the time to know exactly what size you will need. You don’t want to waste time and money on a vehicle that won’t properly fit everything you plan to move. If you’re trying to move an entire house full of furniture, there is also the possibility it won’t all fit into one truck. If you plan on going the rental truck route, also keep in mind you will be responsible for filling the gas tank. Factor in gas mileage and how much this will cost to get you from your old place to the new one.
Boxes will cost you money as well. You don’t want to underestimate the little things. You’ll need packing tape and possibly other packing and wrapping materials. Will you expect to rent a storage unit during this move? Add this to your budget as well. Renting a dumpster for the things you don’t plan on taking with you could be another cost. Another thing you can consider is not moving absolutely everything. If you can afford it, you can repurchase some of the little things once you get to where you’re going.
One option is to have a garage or yard sale before your move. This can give you some extra money to work toward your budget while also alleviating some of the extra baggage. This can save on throwing so much stuff out, and possibly eliminate the need for a dumpster. What you can’t sell off during the sale, consider donating to a local thrift or resale store.
When packing everything up, be sure you keep sensitive information secure. Know where you’re packing old tax documents. It is also helpful to know where you’re keeping birth certificates, social security cards, car titles, or land deeds. Separate out things you will need for the first day at work, or registering kids at the new school. Pack a suitcase or two with a week’s worth of towels and dishes, as well. Anything you’ll need the first several days in the new house can go into this suitcase so that you aren’t forced to rummage through all of your boxes once you’ve moved.
Are there only two adults trying to do this move? What if you have two personal vehicles and someone will have to drive the moving truck? If you are moving long-distance, it isn’t usually an affordable option to make more than one trip. There are a few options. Weigh out the cost of having a vehicle shipped to you against selling it and buying something where you’re relocating to. Another aspect of a long-distance move would be the mileage you’d be putting on your vehicle. Especially if it is an older car or truck, you’ll want to be assured it will make the trip. It might just be worth it to have your vehicles delivered to you.
If you are hiring a moving company to handle your belongings, add in insurance costs. You’ll want to make sure your precious keepsakes and other objects are covered in the event that something unfortunate happens. If you need insurance for the move, you might need an inventory of what you want to be covered. Once you have your budget determined, weigh it out. Is it more affordable and practical to move everything on your own? Is it less expensive to hire professionals for certain parts of the work while talking the rest yourself? Perhaps you feel like doing it alone is too much of a hassle and it is well worth hiring others to do the whole thing for you.
Compare the cost of different companies and choose wisely. You’ll want to select a respectable company, not just the cheapest one that comes along. Comparing the do-it-yourself budget to the cost of having professional help can be easy with a little research and planning. Once you’ve decided on which route to take, you can get to work schedule when you want your belongings packed up, when to get it shipped, or when you need to have everything loaded by.
It pays to have everything worked out in advance to save stress and hassle later on. It is especially helpful if you have a specific time frame that everything needs to be accomplished. Make sure if you are hiring a company to do part, if not all, of the work, they can accommodate your schedule. One thing you want to work at early on is preparing for things that will add extra stress. The more planning you do before, the less stress you’re likely to have during the move.
Submitted by Heather Curry
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