Moving and relocating can both be very stressful activities. While similar, the act of moving is usually something that happens locally and does not involve a long distance transport of your entire life accumulations. Relocating means getting your belongings a long distance from point A to point B with as little loss as possible. Because both are similar, I feel the tips below will help you out no matter which category you fit into. So, where do you start? If you have the funds, you could hire a moving company to do it for you, but if you’re like me, you’re a do-it-yourself kinda person.
First of all I’m going under the assumption that you already have a place picked out. House hunting is another ball of wax altogether.
So, you know where you’re going and just need to GET THERE. Plan out how many boxes you think you will need in order to pack everything you have and then add 25% more to it. I know, I know, this seems crazy, but it is better to have too many boxes and pack it right than to end up where you’re going and have all your glassware and fragile items in bits and pieces.
If you’re wondering where to get boxes, the last time I moved, I found them pretty inexpensive at Home Depot or check into some of the “recycled” moving box options. Other sources may be classified listings – pick up someones just used boxes cheaply and reuse them. Check with your local grocer and see if they will save you out boxes for a week – be dilligent in picking them up daily, often times they don’t have anywhere to store them for you.
Another great item to have on hand is some packing paper, bubble wrap or other form of safety net to wrap those fragile items in before you place them in that big moving box. Don’t forget the rolls of packing tape to seal up the boxes and a nice black marker to say which room they will end up in once they arrive. This will make it much easier on anyone lending a hand so they don’t have to ask you every 20 seconds where to take the next box.
If you use U-Haul, often times they will have a package offer that will include a set amount of boxes fairly inexpensive if you bundle. This means you may still have to find a few extra (the 25% addition) but you’ll have a great start. Also remember to consider a dolly for moving appliances and heavy furniture. Again, it may be able to be bundle priced for a little savings.
Another great tip – go from room to room before you start packing and put aside all items that you can live without, haven’t used in over a year or really just would rather not haul to your next home. Set a weekend (or two) to have a yard or garage sale. This will not only help you to pack and move less, but will also give you a little nest egg to help out with your moving costs and deposits on changing over all those pesky utilities. Make sure on the last day that you give the best bargains so you don’t end up keeping all that you set aside.
Also, schedule a day or two for a dump run. You sure don’t want to move all of Johnny’s broken toys or the bent up collander you’ve been toting around. You can replace them later with your nest egg money from your yard sale if need be.
Lastly, make sure you leave all the cleaning items in one place so that you have everything on hand to make the place your leaving “sparkle”. You’ll need vacuum, mop, rags, cleaners, window washing essentials, paper towels, broom, dustpan and anything else you can think of. Keep a box set aside to pack them all into at the last minute.
I hope these tips gave you some moving food for thought! Do you have any other moving tips I may have missed? I would love to hear them.
Until next week, may your rentals be filled and your home be a happy place.
Lori Hartjoy is the owner of Blue Mountain Rentals, established in April of 2011. As well as being a devoted mother of 3 toddlers, she provides over 20 years of clerical experience to her clients. Her background includes processing employment, tenant screening, background checks and working as a property manager and payroll clerk for a major telecommunications corporation.
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