Moving can be stressful, physically taxing and not easy on the wallet. Even with how horrible moving can be, people do it on a regular basis. The U.S. Census Bureau suggests that over 40 million people in this country move in one year. That’s about 14% of the population! Many of those move within the U.S., but some will move to another state or even another country. Moving further away compounds the stress that people feel from moving. But, there are ways to make your move much simpler.
Choosing a good time to move
Typically, many people move on the first of the month. The reason for this is that leases generally start on this day. This leads to competition for movers, moving trucks and other moving resources, which means prices could be higher and choice could be lower. If you can help it, don’t move near the first of the month and instead opt for a middle of the month move. As well, many people move on the weekend as that’s when they aren’t working and have friends available. Similarly, try to move mid-week, where you may find discounts on moving trucks and movers (and might not need the help of friends).
Finding reliable help
Having a successful move is all about getting reliable help. Whether that is from friends, paid movers or moving companies, you need to find a team that will be there on time and do the job as you want it done. Hiring people can almost ensure you will have reputable help, but you should always check out reviews of companies. Take note of what others had to say and get a few quotes. Sometimes the most expensive quotes aren’t the best movers, and vice versa. If your friends are willing to help, you may want to entice them with money, beer or repaying the favour. But, ensure you don’t give them the reward until the job is done. Set firm boundaries and expectations so your friends know exactly when to be there and when they’ll leave.
There are many ways to be organized during a move. First, compile a task list. You should start this the day you know you are moving and check off tasks as you go towards the day of your move. Share with all who are helping you move, so that hopefully others will also complete the tasks as well. You may also want to create content lists for each box. Number your boxes and compile a list of what’s in each. This way you’ll know if any boxes are missing after the move. You could even color-code the boxes based on what room they should end up in to make it easy for the movers.
Moving will never be stress-free, but there are ways that you can alleviate some of the pain of moving with these tips. If you need help or advice about moving, selling or buying homes, feel free to contact me!