Moving whether it is next door or to the next town over is painful on its right. There are many unknowns, such as whether the new house has good water pressure, excellent insulation, a heater that works well, and neighbors like the ones you have here. You know, it is home, and you are changing it up, and that can be stressful.
1. Find Movers Early
As soon as you learn that you will be moving, or decide to move, that is when it is time to start searching for a mover. This allows you to make decisions.
2. Start Packing Early
If you have six months’ lead time, and the change of seasons just scrolled by, it is time to pack the clothes away from last season. Commit to packing the ancillary items you will not use one room per week.
3. Find Appropriate Boxes
If you are taking the old mattresses with you, be sure to buy mattress bags. These will protect your mattress in transit. Pay the extra money to get a box for the television that has excellent cushioning.
4. Fill Out Mover Paperwork
Different states have different rules. Some states require signatures admitting that you are not bringing gypsum moths and other live pests in from your home state.
5. Follow The Mover Guidelines
Your movers probably have paperwork that they need to submit to the new state/ old state in a timely fashion. Keep up on your reading and provide signatures on contracts and disclosures early enough to ensure an appropriate move.
6. Decisions, Decisions
If you are hiring movers, and you should if it involves moving to another state, you can only make one move. That means the truck will probably have to be big. Think about it this way, while you can rent a truck yourself, are you able to drive it and handle it safely and responsibly? Some vehicles seem a bit big to be able to rent, but if you were to purchase a truck like that, you would need a special driver’s license. Can you afford that type of liability, and are you a reliable driver with excellent reflexes, judgment, and depth perception? Some people can drive a truck, and others can barely handle a sedan.
Decide if you will pack yourself, or if you have other things to do with your time. If you are hiring Packers, will you hire a full-service mover to provide that service? Or, will you hire a third-party that can handle it for you?
7. Weigh Costs, Services, And Time
The best way to decide how to handle the decision of move is to consider the risks and liabilities against your hourly wage and how much time all these tasks would take you versus hiring professionals. From there, you may decide it is worth it to hire a professional to pack and load trucks at $30 per hour compared to your take-home of $50 per hour, for instance.
But, if you hired the premium service, their $100 an hour charges outpace your work wages and are absolutely out of the ballpark of what is affordable for you, price wise.
It comes down to timing. Doing everything at the right time will make your move smooth. If you aggravate the process by doing everything late, it will cost you more and might delay your move. If you have trouble coordinating paperwork, schedules, and work, then either rely on your spouse, a friend or hire someone to help keep you organized.