Moving can be a stressful and expensive venture. With some planning and organization however, you can save yourself some money and valuable time.
Months prior to your move, sort through your belongings and get rid of those things you’re not using or really don’t need. Excess clothing, small appliances, kitchen utensils, and other household goods can either be donated or sold at a yard sale. But the less you have to deal with on moving day, the smoother things will go. Besides, paying shipping on things you don’t need only wastes your money.
Always get an onsite estimate. The relocation consultant will prepare an estimate in writing and submit it to you. They will be able to tell you how much moving supplies cost, and you can make arrangements to order them at this time. If you order too many, most moving companies will give you a refund on those supplies you don’t use.
Like many other industries, the moving industry has their busy and their slow seasons. The busy season for movers is during the summer. The beginning and the end of the month or end of the year holidays are extra busy for movers, also. The demand for moving equipment, vans, and personnel is heavy during these times, so try to plan your move during their slower periods.
If you decide to do your own packing, get packing supplies and start collecting strong boxes suitable for moving. Complete all packing by moving day. If your company is relocating you, find out what portion of your moving expense will be paid by your company. However, it’s important you understand your moving company’s policy regarding things that you’ve packed yourself. With some moving companies, they will not take responsibility for items they have not personally packed.
Obtain a written appraisal of antiques to verify their value. Do not retouch, wax or oil wood furniture before moving. Some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Careful planning and some organized thought will pay big dividends in the end when your move is complete.