As a person who has moved between state lines five times over the last ten years I have picked up a few tricks to make it easier. Moving can be very frantic and stressful, not to mention scary if you read all of the horror stories on the internet! Take advantage of my personal lessons and make your next move less stressful!
Decide What Services You Will Need
First thing to decide is what types of services you will need from a moving company. Most moving companies offer different package options, from the whole caboodle, which includes packing, loading, driving the load, unloading, and unpacking, to the minimum of simply hauling the load to the new destination. Do some soul searching and decide what will be worth the trade-off of stress for money; the more services you desire and the distance of your move will impact the price.
Determine What You Are Taking to Your New Destination
It is much easier to already know what you will and won’t be taking on the move before you get an estimate from a moving company. Changing your mind later creates headaches. Walk around your house, through each room, and decide what has sentimental value, what you can buy at the new destination for less than it will cost to ship, and what things you just don’t want anymore. Once you have an accurate idea of what will be moved, it’s time to research moving company options.
Obtain Moving Company Quotes
It is best to get quotes from several different companies, and there are various ways to research possibilities, including recommendations on Yelp, a free advice site www.movingscam.com, recommendations from friends & family, or a Google search for “company name reviews” for personal stories and names of companies to avoid. Once you have companies that you would like to compare, be sure and schedule an in-home estimate. This is very important! Do not trust a company that does their estimate over the phone; these are not accurate and are a reflection of a company who does not do good work. Read other articles that outline what to ask each company so you are prepared. Companies that I have used personally for moves are: (1) Wheaton Van Lines – they offer packing & moving services & have affiliates nationally (2) Roadrunner Moving & Storage – they offer packing & moving services from the Boston area locally and to various states (3) ABF U-Pack – they bring a trailer to park at your house while you load then they pick the trailer up and drop it off at your destination for you to unload.
Sell the Things You Are Not Moving
I have had great success selling things prior to a move, and it helped take a huge load off my mind! Not only does it give me traveling money for the move, but it takes the burden off of me to move it or take it to the dumpster, and it is much more environmentally friendly than just tossing into the garbage. I have used Craigslist and Ebay for selling, and for those things that don’t sell I have been able to give away through a local Freecycle. This is an awesome way to make money (by selling and by saving the moving cost), ease stress, and donate your treasures to someone who can use them.
Be an Organized Packer
This is a lesson I have learned from past mistakes. Every box that you pack gets a number written on every side of the box, along with the name of the room where that box will belong in the new home. That corresponding number is written in a notebook with a description of what is contained in that box, and all boxes are stacked in one central location. This makes searching for something much easier, along with making move-in day easier by already having the location of each box decided. Trust me; this step is one of the most important for a stress-free move!