Moving? That’s the last thing any of us probably want to do, but a new school, warmer location, nicer neighborhood or many other reasons could be the cause. But does moving really have to be the total pain that we all expect it to be? The answer is no. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get your stuff from old place to new place, either.
Maybe you’re making a cross-country move from a Cincinnati apartment where rent prices are finally stabilizing to a LA beachside mansion and you’re expecting a huge bump in living expenses; or you’re simply moving down the block in your local suburb and the prices aren’t changing — either way, there are some things you can do to make the process much, much easier and less expensive.
How Much Time Do You (Really) Have?
If you know well in advance that you’re going to be moving soon, it makes sense to take advantage of the time you have. Sometimes, quick moves are unavoidable and you can’t do anything to change the circumstances. That’s an entirely different issue; but for now, follow these steps for a great moving experience.
One Room at a Time
Start in one room. Pick one–any one—and drawer by drawer, closet by closet and shelf by shelf methodically pack everything away into easily handled boxes. If you’ve given yourself ample time to prepare, just divide the number of days you have left by the rooms and stick to the schedule that way. When you finally have all materials from one room boxed up and ready to be moved, then start on the next room. It might sound simple, but pacing yourself is key. Of course, first pack the things you do NOT use often. Simply put, don’t pack your toothbrush two weeks in advance.
Use a Service
We’re all busy. Jobs, family, social functions, your side hustle to earn a few extra bucks. Who has time to do this all themselves? If you’re bogged down or just not willing to make the move by yourself, go find someone to do it for you. For a few bucks, you can find an organizing service. They’ll pack your stuff for you, and you can even work side-by-side with them to make sure nothing gets lost or stolen. And if you oversee their work, you’ll be able to easily unpack and find everything you need in your new place.
Researching the Moving Company
Moving companies are all over the place. It’s 2018, so with just the click of a button you’ll be able to find a company suitable to your needs. That said, be careful and do your research. Many people have reported problems with these services like lost items, late trucks and belongings held hostage.
Instead, consider getting a cube delivered; you fill it up, lock it up and open and unload it at your new location. Again, there are many services that will help you do this—for a fee of course. These services also have amazing tracking services, so this will provide you with some well-needed peace of mind.
If you’re an adventure seeker, then head on over to the truck rental spot and grab yourself a 24-foot truck. Load it—or get help—and you then drive it to your new place. You can take extra time, do it leisurely, or power through it and drive long hours. Either way, you are with your stuff and will not have to even think about someone else being in control of it.
How much stuff do you have in your place that you truly never use? If you’re like the rest of us, that’s actually the case with most of your material items. Easy fix — give it away, throw it away or sell it at a yard sale.
Do you really need the original notes you used to write your master’s thesis, or that old giant TV that still works but takes up an entire shelf and sticks out two feet?
Think you might need all of those monitor cables and old computer towers for some reason? Face the facts, you’re never going to use that stuff anymore.
Overall, moving is never that much fun, but if you take the time to plan out your strategy, you’ll save a ton of time and even more money. Maybe you’re a Millennial looking to purchase your first home; or someone saving up for a down payment on a newly constructed suburban home — either way, saving money on your next move is huge.
Plan it out and you’ll thank us later.