4 Things NOT to Do When You Are Moving


Many times when people are moving locally they underestimate the time and effort that will be required during the move. They figure that since it is just up the street, or even across town, it will be much easier to do than a move out of town or out of state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Moving locally can be just as hard, if not harder, than a long distance move. With so many things that must be done, sometimes it is easier to concentrate on a short list of things that you do not want to do. Here are a few to consider.

Do Not Underestimate the Cost of a Local Move

The average cost of hiring a moving company to help you with a local move will depend on several factors. Some of these include:

  • Your current area 
  • Distance you're moving
  • Amount of of stuff you are moving
  • Number of movers you need
  • Whether the professionals will pack and unpack
  • Amount of insurance you choose to purchase

A ball park estimate for a standard studio apartment using three movers can range from $260 - $580, but will only take 2-4 hours. These numbers are based on the moving company is charging $25 per hour but will include the truck and packing materials. If you are moving a large home that requires six plus movers, it may take 8-12 hours and you may spend anywhere from $1,800 - $2,750. A moving calculator will help you better calculate the cost in your area.

Many people make the mistake of underestimating exactly what it is going to cost them to move. This is often because they do not take into consideration all of the materials they will require, as well as the time they will have involved. Once these calculations of materials and time are factored in, people often find that the moving company is a much cheaper option.

Do Not Try to Move Everything You Own

Unless you have recently moved to where you are currently located at, you probably have excess stuff that you really do not need to move. Some of the items that many people are guilty of collecting include glasses, plastic containers, sheets, towels, books, knick-knacks, flower vases and more.

Use the month leading up to your move to go through your drawers and closets and give away all of the excess clutter that you do not use on a regular basis. Not only will this allow you to move less to your new location, but if you donate your goods to a local non-profit, it may also give you a decent tax write off. 

Do Not Forget How Electronics Should Be Connected

If you are not electronically inclined, it can often be intimidating to unhook all of the electronic components that most people have in their lives. The unhooking part is usually not very hard, it is the reassembling, or rehooking part that usually gets the best of people.

Before you break everything down and have to spend money to bring in an electronics expert to put your things back together, consider using your cell phone, or tablet to take pictures of all of your connections. These pictures will serve as a great reference when you get to where you are going. 

Do Not Forget to Label & Number Your Boxes

When you are moving locally, you may be tempted to just throw everything into the truck and drive it to the new location. Not only will this take longer than packing your belongings into boxes, you risk damaging your valuable items.

No matter who packs your stuff, it is important that each box is clearly labeled. This will help you to avoid confusion about where things go, and keep you from wasting time when you arrive at the new location. Your label should contain the room the box goes in, as well as some type of content description. Label your boxes on at least two sides of the box, as well as on the top.

Consider color coding your boxes as a part of your labeling system. Give each room at the new location a particular color and then mark your boxes for your room with that color marker or tape. This will make it easier for those unloading your truck to figure out where your belonging go. 

Once your boxes are packed, number them and then use this number to create an inventory of your boxes, as well as a brief description of what they contain. This will not only allow you to know if you are missing a box, but it will also allow you to go to the exact box of specific items you may be looking for.

No matter where you move, moving is never an easy task. Create, or utilize a moving checklist for all of the things you need to do. Going here to this site could help answer more questions you have about moving. 


15 January 2016

create a checklist for your move

When planning a move, you have so many things on your mind that it is easy for you to leave out the important things that need done, as well as the not-so-important things. Creating a checklist will help you get through the entire process without missing a beat. My blog will provide you with several elements that you need to remember to assist you with creating a checklist that will meet your personal needs. Hopefully, what I have included here will take some of the stress out of your move and make things move along without any problems arising expectantly.