One 80 degree day, two weeks ago nonetheless, spun the Steel City into a case Spring Fever that can only be cured by one thing…
Ok, so maybe “more cowbell” isn’t always what the doctor ordered. And although statistics show otherwise, Spring is often associated with one of the busiest times for movers. While you’re Spring Cleaning and tossing away that mountain of material possessions you couldn’t get rid of (read below), call the great folks at Bin There Dump That for dumpster rentals. (We hear they’re pretty awesome.) In the meantime, here’s some tips to ease the burden of moving as much as possible.
Determine how much time you have before your move.
Even if you have very little time, a few minutes spent planning and organizing the basics can help you make the best use of the time you do have. If you have more time, you can plan more carefully and possibly save money and time down the road.
Consider the distance you will be moving.
Moving across town may be something you can do yourself, using a rented truck for the largest items. Moving longer distances or moving to a new country may require that you ship items with a mover. Indeed, the farther the distance, the better off you are having reputable professionals take care of everything, including your pets.
For overseas moves, remember there will be such issues as customs and bio-security clearances, appropriate shipping methods, and storage issues on arrival.
Assess your budget.
Will you hire somebody to move your belongings or rent a truck and do the job yourself? Do you have money saved up? Do you still have time to set aside the money you will need? Will an employer cover part of the cost of relocating?
If your employer is assisting you, make sure that everything is in writing, including any variations agreed upon verbally or otherwise. Things do go wrong, and you need the written confirmations to ensure that you get reimbursed appropriately.
Written records are also vital when dealing with professional movers. Be sure that you get a signed-off contract, that you have read all the fine print, and that you have full inventory lists checked and signed off by both you and the removal company.
Allow some overlap.
If your lease or purchase agreement(s) allow, get access to your new residence before you must give up your old one. Even a couple of days will spare you the stress and rush of an overnight move, or the hassle of moving into and out of a storage facility. A time overlap can also help in case of any delays with closing on the purchase of a home.
If you must move via a storage unit or if your dates do not overlap, see if there is a service in your area that will deliver and move storage containers for you so that you do not have to handle your belongings twice. The more moves you have to make in-between arriving at your destination, the higher the stress levels become and the more frustrated you are likely to feel.
If the move came as a surprise, such as if a landlord decided not to renew a lease or you have been posted overseas, you should have at least some minimum amount of notice in which to pack and seek new premises. In this case, your first priority should be to secure new lodgings, but you may still want to multitask the search for a new place with beginning to pack and sort your stuff, otherwise you might find yourself running out time.
Too much overlap can be costly. Don’t pay double rent for longer than you need to. Seek the garages of friends and family before paying for storage options if possible.
Decide how much you will pare down your belongings.
This is a personal choice, of course, but anything you can part with is something you don’t have to move and moving is always a great time to be brutal with things you don’t need or use. Keep in mind that you will have to balance the time spent to sort your belongings with the monetary cost and effort required to pack and move them.
If you move frequently, try to keep a minimum of basic belongings. If you’re downsizing with the move, you will have no choice but to remove things from your life. This can add to the stress initially but the resulting lower level of possessions is often a huge release for your new way of living.
Start right away if you want to give away or sell belongings, rather than move them.
One alternative to taking that old sofa-bed with you is to sell it or give it away to someone else before you leave. Expensive antiques or furniture are great considerations for an auction or estate sale, as well.
Craigslist, LetGo, Facebook, and the like are excellent resources for selling and giving items away. In some places you can leave items on the curb and they’ll disappear of their own accord in no time (check with municipal regulations though). Maybe consider having a garage sale.
Phone local charities to see what used items they can accept. Many can send a truck to pick up items you do not wish to move. Many towns now have recycling centers so that you can have your items resold for the benefit of the community, rather than simply dumping them to be treated as garbage.
Determine how you will dispose of things that cannot be recycled or donated.
If all you have to do is haul stuff by the armload out to the apartment dumpster, there may be nothing to plan. On the other hand, if you will be shredding documents, making a run to the dump, buying extra trash tags, or hiring a hauling company, plan for these activities as soon as you can. Having a dumpster that is easily accessible during your move can make your job much easier. Did we mention we know a really great team over at Bin There Dump That?
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