Pre-Move Decluttering – DIY Or Hire a Professional?

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Pre-Move Decluttering – DIY Or Hire a Professional?
Pre-Move Decluttering – DIY Or Hire a Professional?

DIY Or Hire a Professional?

Given a choice between moving and staying put, most people would rather stay. The decision is not because of resistance to change but because of the stress that comes with relocation, especially if it is a long distance move. There are numerous reasons where we find ourselves needing to move. But, whatever the reason for moving, one dilemma is common to all; to go it alone or seek professional services. Here are questions you should ask yourself to help you decide.

What if something gets damaged?

Moving comes with its challenges, and these might raise your anxiety. There is concern that you may end up losing your valuable items like jewelry.

Then there is the furniture and electronics which when mishandled can get damaged leading to expensive replacements. Other times, you might be afraid of getting injured. Keeping all biases aside, it is the preparation that makes many people seek professional help.

How good are you at decluttering?

Before you pack your possessions, you must declutter to separate the necessary stuff from what you no longer need. Decluttering reduces the amount of luggage a moving firm will carry. It also makes unpacking and re-arrangement of your belongings an easy task once you reach the other side.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

How do you sort, pack, and label?

You need lots of organization and time to move from room-to-room sorting items. While at it, you must be prepared to throw away, sell or donate something you no longer find useful. The other important task is that of gathering up packing materials, from boxes to labels and tape. Time constraints call for an advanced cleaning plan. Are you ready and cut-out for this challenging task?

How do you decide what to keep or throw away?

Working with a professional reduces your stress significantly. A pro brings in an aspect of objectivity in decision making. Take for instance the tattered and outdated magazines you have stacked up on shelves. Then there are the books you read as a kid. You probably inherited these from your grandfather. Consider the old refrigerator that keeps on undergoing repairs. You hang on to it on the strength of it being the wedding gift from your mom and dad. You can let go of these possessions.

How do you get rid of all the stuff?

Your professional pre-move organizer can help you list items for auction or a sale. Working on your own, it might take you several weeks to sell anything. The pros know the right places.

Pre-move decluttering can sap the energy from your body. The choice of hiring a pro or going it solo calls for some tough questions. Breakages and injuries may occur if you have no one to assist. With just a few days before you move out, sorting items from a large house is not a simple task. Besides, personal biases can prevent you from letting go of old and unnecessary possessions. A pro knows where to sell or donate.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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