The prospect of moving to a new house, whether it be in the same area, or all the way across the country, can be daunting. A lot of work is involved as well as expense. If you plan, you can save time and money on the process.
While the operation can seem like a mountain to climb, there are several steps along the way that will help that mountain much more obtainable.
Research is the most important thing you will need to do to save time and money. Take an inventory of the things in your house, so you have an idea of what kind of work is ahead. This will help you in several ways. It will give you an idea of what kind of transportation you will need. It will help you with the amount of things you will want to sell, donate or send to the trash. It will also give you an idea of how much help you will need from friends and family if they are helping.
Depending on how much time you have to pack, you can start with the rooms that are least used to the ones that are most used. It is a good idea to organize by room, and with like items in boxes. Also, it is a good idea to have clothing broken up by season. Winter clothes in some boxes, summer in another. Another tip is to pack items that can be stored for a while, and save several boxes for items that you will absolutely need from day to day. The organization is also a good time to purge items. As much of this should be done as possible, so when generous people come to help you move, they are only moving heavy items, or boxes that are all ready to go.
Use what you already have. If you already have lots of storage crates or extra boxes, you are already ahead of the game. Usually you will need much more than what you already have though. A good way to find boxes are to ask friends who have recently moved, or groups that you may be a part of on Facebook. Another place to look is at local grocery or retail stores who are constantly getting shipments of inventory. Smaller boxes are also available at your local post office.
Whether you are just moving a few boxes at a time, across the neighborhood, renting and driving the truck yourself, or hiring a professional mover, you will need some way to transport your possessions to your new home. Make sure you shop around to find the best company. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount if it is during the off season (winter months) or if it is during the week when things aren’t as busy.
When it comes to moving it is a process and the more preparation you go through, the better it is for you and your family as well as others who are giving you help.