Preparing to Move – Ensure a Smooth Move to Your New Home
Preparing to move to your new home
Moving takes planning. Poor planning will result in a longer move, broken items, and higher costs. But proper planning can result in a smooth transition and an efficient move. When planning your next move, consider these factors to help identify your needs.
How far are you moving?
Are you moving across town, across the state, across the country or internationally? If your move is local, you can likely hire a moving truck and move on your own. Self-moving will allow you to spread the move out over time if your occupancy dates overlap. It will also allow you to go through and move only items you want to keep. There are pros and cons to self-moving which you can find here.
If you don’t have the time or are unable to self-move or are moving too far away, you can hire a local mover. These companies specialize in moving residents to new homes. Their experience can help the move go faster and easier.
Consider the pros and cons of self-moving and hiring a moving company. Then prepare for the one you choose.
What is your budget for moving?
If you can afford to hire local movers to help you move, then this is generally the best option. Hiring local movers can help reduce the time and stress that comes with moving. If you can’t afford to hire a moving company then renting a truck and doing it yourself is an option. Remember, rent a truck at least one size larger than what you expect you will need. Having to make several trips because the truck is too small wastes enormous amounts of time. You will likely tire out before you’re able to finish the job.
Is your new home immediately available?
If your new home is ready to go then you can move your belongings in right away. If it’s not, you may need to consider storage for your items in-between that time. You can choose to rent a storage facility to do it yourself. Temperature-regulated facilities are generally the best as you will likely be storing valuables. You can also have a local moving company store your items. Generally, there is a fee to do this so be sure to factor that into your budget.
In closing, proper preparation prevents poor performance. Plan your next move well and it will be a smooth transition.