There are a lot of things to be excited over when you are moving, especially if it is the first time you are doing so.
Unfortunately, not everything is always rosy and there are some things that require your immediate attention especially the financial aspects of your move.
Before you start spending money on what you think might be the best option, it is important that you do your research well in advance so that you are aware of all your options.
Here are a few tips to help you get started before you jump in:
No.1 – Are you moving to a new job?
If the answer to this question is yes, then you should consider negotiating with your new employer about them helping you pick up the moving tab. Moving can be very costly and employers don’t often mention a relocation package when you are offered the job.
However, this does not mean that they won’t lend a hand. Many might reimburse you for a part or a large chunk of the fees spent on moving. It is in your best interest to ask and consult with them – you never know what is on the table.
No.2 – How far are you moving?
The distance you move will determine how much money you are going to spend on moving costs.
If you are moving to the other side of town, then you can consider renting a truck and doing everything yourself.
The idea of professional packers and movers might sound like a welcoming stress-relief, doing it yourself is really not that difficult and you are going to save so much more in a financial sense.
All you need to do is plan your time and organize the items that you need to transport. You can even rope a few friends in for help.
No.3 – Hit the liquor store
For free boxes, of course! (even though some celebratory wine won’t hurt)
Your local grocery and liquor stores are great places to get free boxes, particularly after they have received a huge shipment. These boxes are not overly big and they are sturdy enough to support all your valuable items.
Once you have your boxes, don’t forget to label them in a precise manner. On the very first day you are going to look for your kitchen and bathroom supplies first, so label these boxes as KITCHEN – OPEN FIRST, for example.
No.4 – Get rid of old junk
Seriously, the dress you bought six years ago for an in-case formal function is just wasting space. It is time for you to spring clean.
The less stuff you have to move, the less you are going to pay – moving companies charge by weight. It might be a bit time-consuming, but you can have fun organizing a yard sale or setting up a stall at a flea market.
You get to meet quirky people and you can make a few bucks on your unused items. Remember the saying about one man’s trash?
No.5 – Be honest with yourself
Moving is often classified as one of life’s biggest stressors and with good reason!
When our routine changes, it can disrupt our lives. It is normal to feel uncomfortable and out of sorts during this period which is why you need to be honest with the toll it takes on your life. If you feel like you can’t cope with moving, work, the kids and the pets, ask for help from a team of moving professionals.
Circumstances often force us to switch to Plan B and it is not the end of the world if you do end up using a professional moving company.