5 Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful by Patrick Merryman
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, its 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.
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 its something that can be avoided.
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 its 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 easily one of the more stressful possibilities of the entire process.
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. Its 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.