Moving can be a real hassle sometimes, but it is just part of life. There comes a time when just about all of us will have to move. There is a lot to plan and consider when you are moving, but there are also ways to make it a lot easier. Follow these easy tips and you’ll save time, and money, on your next move.
An easy thing to do when you are moving is labeling boxes, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it properly. A lot of times people move for short periods of time, and they might not want to unpack everything. Don’t just label a box “kitchen stuff” when you are moving. Be specific as possible and write “pots and pans”, or whatever it may be. This way if you don’t want to unpack it you can immediately store it.
One thing that you must always consider when moving is time. Whether you are hiring movers, or you are doing with the help of friends and family, do not under estimate the time. A lot of moving truck rentals will charge you by the hour, and penalize you for time over. You’ll find yourself racing around, and that is an accident waiting to happen.
Flat-rate moving is being more popular, and is something to consider, especially when you are moving locally. I recently had a short move across to the other side of town, and I hired flat rate movers. I simply gave them an inventory over the phone, and the distance, and I paid the quoted price. They allot for a 10% difference, so if you give an accurate description of your items you should pat the flat rated quote.
One of the biggest hassles of moving, especially if you are a techie, is re-wiring all your electronics. Take the time to label cords, and keep them with their system. It is also easy enough to take a few pictures, so you don’t have to try to reconnect everything from memory. Taking a little extra time when you are moving, will save you time when you get to your new spot.
One way to make a little money for your moving expenses is to hold a garage or moving sale. You can get rid of unwanted items, that will only cost money to move, and you’ll also make a few bucks. It is a double whammy!! Moving can be expensive so it is nice to save wherever you can. This works well for long distance moves, or if you plan on getting new furniture.
A great moving tip is to start early. Not just early moving day either; start packing as soon as possible. Sometimes it’s not possible to pack a month or two in advance, but if it is take advantage of the time you have. If you know you won’t be needing your winter clothes, or other items, pack them up. You’ll be glad you did when moving day gets closer.
If you hire professional movers one of the great advantages is having them put your furniture exactly where it is going to go. Often times when a person moves themselves they simply plop all the boxes in a central room, and unload the entire truck. If you do it this way, and then everything needs to where it belongs, it feels like you are starting all over again. If you are at your new place when the movers arrive have furniture, and boxes go into the rooms they will be staying in. This will save hours of time.
To make moving day as easy as possible have a plan, and stick to it. If you are hiring long-distance movers for a cross country haul, or you are moving yourself, there are some easy ways to save both time and follow. Follow these tips to save on your next move.