I can proudly say today I unpacked the last box we had from our last move, and I feel so good! We have moved twice in the last two years so I can’t really say we are experts but we do have some tips to share.
If you’re moving in the near future out of state or across the country it can become very expensive. However, if you use this time to declutter your home and are willing to do some of the labor yourself, you can make the move much more affordable.
Planning the move
When it comes to moving there are so many things to take care of on either end that it can literally make you dizzy. But, if you stay focused and tackle one item at a time you can get through it relatively stress-free. The first thing you need to do is to write up a plan and then stick to it. This will allow you to cross things off the list and provide you with a sense of accomplishment every time you swipe with your pen.
Hire professional movers or rent a truck
The first thing you need to scratch off your list is whether you want to hire professional movers like North American Van Lines to transport your furnishings or drive a rental yourself. Before making a decision solely on the cost involved, carefully weigh the pros and cons of each. Driving a rental truck does have a lower monetary price tag, but you also have to remember that with this reduced savings comes a lot of extra work. You will need load and unload all the furniture and the boxes and drive the truck on your own to your new home. If you should decide to opt for the moving company to transport your things then make sure that you contact several companies and acquire written estimates. It’s also smart to schedule the move before or after their peak season, which is generally from May through September, if possible.
Importance of decluttering
Most people don’t realize how much stuff they have until, that is, they need to move. If you have lived at your current residence for more than just a couple of years, chances are good that your basement, attic, and garage are full of items that are seasonal or that you rarely use. In order to spend as little as possible on the move, you should bring only the things you want and need. Items that you have had stored away for a few years should not make the trip unless of course, they are collectibles or memorabilia. Anything that you haven’t used and no longer needs you should place in a separate location.
If you are not used to decluttering or don’t know where to start, there is a great book a friend of us recommended me some years ago and it is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and you will find plenty of information about the ‘KonMarie Method’ which is how it’s called.
Once you have the basement, attic and garage cleaned out, it’s time to go through the rest of your home and decide which pieces of furniture you want to keep. If the new residence is smaller and you are downsizing, many of your larger pieces may not even fit. This is a long and sometimes painstaking process, but very necessary. The last thing you want is to spend double the amount on your move only to find out that you really don’t have any use for half the items you brought along or, worse yet, you have no place to put them. Another thing to consider is what you want to do with your new home. If you are looking to keep it neat and free of clutter and achieve a minimalist appearance, then the clutter must go. The point is to take your time and use it wisely to downsize and get organized.
Once you know what you are bringing and have the written quote in hand with the number of boxes you committed to, it’s time to pack your things up. If you don’t want to go through another expense, you can opt to use your own boxes rather than the movers. Just make sure that you stay true to the numbers and sizes of the boxes agreed on. Local supermarkets or retail stores are a great place to find boxes for free. Once you have your boxes then you can go room by room and begin the packing process. Try not to make them too heavy and make sure to wrap your fragile items carefully to avoid any accidents during the trip. Also, it’s a good idea to use black permanent marker to make them easier to identify.
Have a garage sale
With your items, all sorted out and a room remaining full of furniture and various other home goods you decided against taking along, you now need to decide what to do with them. If most of the items are in good shape you can have a garage sale. This gives you a way to remove the unwanted collection of stuff from your home while turning a profit. When the garage sale ends, anything left over you can either give to family, neighbors or friends or donate it to charity. You can use the money gained from the garage sale to offset some of the expenses for your trip.
I hope these tips can help you as much as they helped me in all my moves.
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