Deciding How and When to Move
Sometimes just the idea of moving can be enough to decide
against it. You dread packing up all the boxes, keeping track
of all the stuff and throwing out all the junk, showing the
house and keeping it clean, handling all the calls and negotiating
the price, and pretty much every other annoyance known to
man that comes along with moving.
Maybe the worst part is the actual process of moving, once
ready to go. You have to decide how to transport all of your
furniture and boxes, coordinate the travel and pay a large
amount of money to have it all done.
It may help to sit down and think about all of the factors
and costs before you jump into moving. You may even want to
take a piece of paper and jot down your thoughts, or make
a table showing what will need to be done and how much it
will cost. Sometimes it is beneficial to make a list of everything
and decide what you will be keeping and getting rid of or
selling. Try and think of how much space you will need to
transport everything you are moving. Then think of how many
trucks or vehicles you will need, and if you want to use your
own or rent from a company.
Okay, so you want to figure all of this out before you move,
but you just aren’t sure what the costs will be and
what is the best option for you. That is normal. Take some
time to think about it. If you were going to do a self move,
you would need to consider costs such as gas, tolls, meals
In advance, you will need to know the rates of rental trucks
if you are going to rent. You will need to keep in mind the
value of your possessions and risk of loss while traveling,
especially if you are hiring someone else to do it for you.
Also, it is important to learn that some of the costs are
not monetary. This is a reference to how gruesome and exhausting
moving can be.
If you hire professional movers, it is definitely important
to have an idea of the size and weight of your move. You will
also need to calculate or estimate the distance in miles from
the place of origin to your new home. You will need to think
about the time of year, and any weather conditions that may
hinder the transportation process. Also, if you are moving
in summer or during Christmas or other holidays, it will probably
be much more expensive for you to hire professionals.
If you want full service, the movers will pack everything
up as well as transport it for you. If you choose self-service,
you will do the packing and unpacking, while they will do
the transportation. A side note, in case you want help but
want to avoid cost: maybe someone you know has a friend or
knows someone who can do the work for you without demanding
all of the profit that companies are liable to make.
Keep in mind the costs of disconnecting appliances and/or
service such as television cable, phone lines, internet service
and electric or gas service.
If you do decide to go with a company, ask friends or family
for recommendations or contact the Better Business Bureau.
Check into complaints and/or records of the company’s
performance in the past, in order to choose a reliable one.