Archive for December 12th, 2012

The Challenges of Moving

Millions of American move every year for a variety of different reason, for a job transfer, to be closer to family, for better weather, for better employment opportunities, etc. Last year alone, over 6 million American households moved. Hiring movers, however, especially long distance movers, can be quite expensive. Moving can be especially expensive during the summer months, a time frame known as “moving season,” during which moving companies tend to charge more. However, there are certainly ways to cut costs. If you are trying to move on a tight budget you might consider renting portable moving pods or containers and packing them yourself. Though you do have to pack the moving pods yourself, which can be labor intensive, renting moving pods can be a cheaper alternative to hiring long distance movers.

In order to facilitate a smooth, stress free move it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, it might be a good idea to declutter your house, organize your belongings, and throw away things you no longer want or use to ensure that you aren’t moving more than is absolutely necessary. You might also considering selling furniture that isn’t essential to move. In regards to moving, less is better. Next, you should create a detailed, itemized list of all things you will be packing into the pods and moving to ensure that nothing is lost or misplaced during the move. Organization is essential to a smooth and stress free move. Also, make sure to pack things in an organized and efficient manner so that you maximize space in the pod. Neatly pack items in boxes or plastic storage containers. However, never send valuables or items of personal importance in the pods. You should always make sure to pack these to travel with you or send them ahead to your destination via a trackable shipping service.