The process of moving can be thrilling and frustrating, all at the same time. If not well planned and executed, moving can amount to one unpleasant experience. Relocating to a new city/town, whether in-state or interstate, is a massive undertaking that needs all the attention you can afford.
On average, a typical American household will spend $2,300 for an in-state move and $4,300 for an inter-state move. There is about four tons (7,400 pounds) of stuff to relocate, and a four-room house will need at least 50 boxes. The following tips can help you ease off the frustrations that go with the moving process.
DIY or Hire a Mover?
Hiring a moving company will probably cost more than moving yourself. However, there are factors you will need to consider before you decide to go it alone. For instance, how big is the move? Moving into an apartment or sending you child off to college and moving into an eight-bedroom home are poles apart vis-à-vis the cost and the amount of help you will need. It’s probably best to hire a moving company for a big move. You can find all the information you need to hire a moving company by clicking here.
Hiring a Moving Company
When looking to hire a mover, do your homework. Look for reviews, complaints, and references from Yelp and BBB (Better Business Bureau). Before you settle for a moving company, ask for written estimates from at least three companies to make sure you are not being overcharged. If you are a little short on cash, you can hire a self-service mover. With a self-service mover, you will be responsible for the loading and unloading of your stuff. When planning to hire a moving company, mind your timing. Hourly rates tend to be higher during weekends and the beginning or end of a month.
Lighten Your Load
The cost of moving is determined by time, weight, and volume. What this means is, you will be charged more if you have a lot of stuff to move. Some items are not worth the cost of packing and moving. Simply get rid of them. You can throw them out, donate, or even sell them to recoup some moving expenses. Only move stuff that you really need. When packing, put light items like pillows or linens in bigger boxes and heavy items in smaller boxes.
Packing Your Stuff in the Truck
Whether you are supervising the movers or loading up the truck yourself, there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind when packing your stuff in the back of the moving truck. For instance, furniture should be wrapped in blankets or pads to avoid scratching. Items and boxes should be tightly packed together so that they don’t move. Make sure items are packed orderly, starting with the heaviest.
Your business insurance will probably be covering your move, but seek clarification just in case. You may also want to consider purchasing extra coverage for the move. You can get it from your existing insurance plans or rental truck’s agency.