5 Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful

September 17, 2013 by Patrick Merryman Leave a comment

Everything from looking for a new home, finding a mortgage lender, and preparing to move your stuff from one home to another can bring on a great deal of stress. Considering moving isn’t something that many people have to do incredibly often, it’s not something that many people have become “good” at. Our tips come from moving companies and current homeowners. Use the following pro mover tips to make sure that your moving experience never turns into an ordeal.


Never pay for something that you can get for free. Moving companies will try to charge you per box and regardless of how much you are moving (unless it is one box) the charges can really add up. Businesses like liquor stores or grocery stores get tons of boxes every day. All you really need to do is take the time to ask and you will have saved yourself money you never had to spend.

Elbow Grease

As anyone can tell you, moving is not easy. Accept that you are going to have to do some work for yourself in order to save some money. Moving companies will often help pack your stuff up yourself. Save on stress and money by taking care of these tasks yourself. Wrap belongings in other belongings. For example, wrapping a mirror in old towels protects the mirror while also packing the towels. Don’t waste money on bubble wrap if it’s something that can be avoided.

Get Estimates

Get estimates from a few different moving companies. Do research and look for reviews from each and meet face to face. An in-person estimate will be significantly more accurate and will put your mind at ease knowing exactly who you are dealing with. Once you have made your decision be sure to get another estimate if anything changes. Too many moving horror stories end in surprise charges for things mentioned during the move. Get everything ironed out before hand to avoid any surprises.

Common Sense Packing

In some cases, everything needs to fit in one pod, truck, or U-Haul. In others, it’s good to remind yourself that not everything is going at once. Optimize the amount of space you have in your car while also making sure not to over pack any area in particular. Over packing could end up breaking things, which is obviously a worst case scenario.


Here’s your chance to downsize. Separate your possessions and be honest with yourself. What do you need? What is going to end up being put into storage and never touched? The fewer things you have to move, the less you’ll pay. It’s that simple. Mock room by room layouts and things that aren’t going to fit into your plans can skip the trip and go directly into the garbage. If you are feeling especially focused, have a moving day yard sale and possibly even fund the move from your own stuff.


Patrick Merryman is a Siena College Graduate that has been writing on Real Estate for over two years. Patrick writes on topics ranging from mortgage projections to green living for numerous blogs.

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