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How to Make Your Move Eaasier

The housing market is heating up again, and people are on the move. Whether you’re downsizing or moving up in the neighborhood, getting ready to relocate can be stressful. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the to-do lists, but there are steps you can take to make your move simpler. Follow these tips to take the pain out of moving and embrace this exciting time.

DIY or Full-Service Mover
When it comes to transporting your stuff, you have a few options. One is to go with a full-service moving company that will pack the boxes, load the truck, and put everything in the appropriate rooms at your new place. This is the least stressful option, but it’s also the most expensive.

Another option is to go with a full DIY move. This would involve renting the truck, rounding up boxes, begging friends to come help, and getting ready for a full-body workout. It’s the cheapest way to go, but it’s also pretty stressful and physically demanding. It’s the moving option of choice for people who are just starting out, but you may find that you just don’t have the time or energy to deal with this chore.

Then we have the middle ground. This would be where you pack your boxes and then hire a moving company to load the boxes and big furniture for you. This is the one type of move that JDog handles. Once your boxes are packed, we’re more than happy to provide you with the labor to get them across town. We also have people who just call us in for the big furniture, and that works too. The price and stress level fall somewhere in between the DIY move and a full-service company.

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to how you’ll handle the relocation. It’s strictly a matter of personal taste, budget, and goals. However, you’ll want to make the decision early on. If you are hiring a moving company, then make sure that they’re registered with the state, fully insured, and that they have Worker’s Compensation coverage on their employees. If you’re going to do everything on your own, then you’ll want to start packing early.

Purge, Purge, Purge
Moving stuff costs money. The more you transport, the higher the price goes. One way to save time, money, and frustration is to start purging unwanted items in the house now. Put small stuff in boxes and bags to be donated. Toss the items that are broken or just too outdated. As you open up space in the house, you’ll start feeling better about the move. Keep purging as you pack an move closer to the date.

Start Packing Early
If you’re going to pack your own boxes, then start getting them together well in advance. If you’re moving in the spring, then you can safely start packing up your hot weather clothes, gear, and holiday decorations. Purge as you go. If you don’t want something in your new home, then don’t take it. Set it to the side to be disposed of or donated.

Three Weeks Ahead of Time
Start cutting back on grocery shopping and focus on using up what’s in your pantry. You’ll have less to move and you’ll save money right now. This is also a great time to get your change of address forms submitted, and cancel deliveries to your existing address. Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring a company, you’ll also want to get your important papers, small family heirlooms, and jewelry together in one spot. These are items that you should always move yourself so that you can keep track of them. If you need to have them shipped, then use a trackable shipping service and get insurance on the contents.

One Week Ahead of Time
You’ve been steadily packing for weeks, and the light is at the end of the tunnel now. This is a great time to double check for items you no longer want and set them to the side. Pack suitcases for the family members like they’re taking a two-week vacation, and then box up everything else. Confirm your appointment with the moving company. If you have a good collection of stuff that’s not going, then call a junk hauling company to get it out of your way. You can also wait until the movers take the stuff you still want and then just have the junk haulers clean out everything that’s left. We’ve even had people call us out twice – once to get obvious junk out of the way, and again to do the final cleanout afterwards. This is a great option if you’ve been in the house for many years and have accumulated an overwhelming collection of stuff.

On the last day of the move, remember to take a few picture of this home. Whether you’re excited to leave or a little melancholy, you may enjoy looking back on the photos as you close this chapter. Follow these tips to make your move a little smoother and ease the transition to your new place.