Moving is one of the number one stress-causing events in an individuals life. If you’ve moved even once, then you know just how stressful it can be. Besides moving all of your belongings smoothly from one location to the next, the cost of moving alone can be a total hassle and quite easily expensive. Of course moving isn’t all bad; moving brings both benefits and challenges. However, we don’t all know how to successfully get through a move—especially on a limited budget. In this article, we’ll go over a few things you can do in preparation for your move that will help make the move go more smoothly and will also help you save tons of money in the process. Moving doesn’t have to be the hassle it’s made out to be—just plan ahead!
Take your time packing
It is awfully tempting to rush through the packing process—especially when you’ve gotten halfway through and realize you still haven’t finished the most challenging rooms yet! Taking your time packing will help you relax throughout the process, biting off one little chunk at a time. Take the time to plan what rooms you’ll pack each day, take careful inventory of what you’re packing and where, and beyond all else, pack carefully! When you take your time packing, things are less likely to become broken, misplaced, or discarded. You might even find a few things to give away or sell, which can significantly lighten the moving load and cost.
Use free packing materials
Packing materials can be expensive, depending on where you get them. Some moving companies provide their local movers with packing materials that are included in the price of the move; however, this is rare. It’s best to find packing materials that are sturdy, but that you don’t have to spend a fortune on to get the reliability you need. Free packing materials can usually be obtained from friends, family, relatives, or local grocery stores willing to get some packaging off their hands.
Move some expensive items yourself
Moving expensive or highly cherished items, such as family heirlooms for instance, can be a daunting task. Entrusting a professional moving company to handle such items may cause you a lot more stress than you need—even if they’re highly qualified. Furthermore, to ease your mind you may want to purchase separate insurance for the items, costing you more money. If you’re able, move expensive items yourself to spare the money and anxiety.
Save up some emergency dough
It never hurts to have a back up plan just in case something goes awry. Moving is stressful on its own, but once you’ve made it to the new location, you’ll be spending a lot of time decompressing and unpacking. You may not want to cook for a week and dirty dishes; you may need to stay in a hotel if an emergency comes up—who knows? It’s always best to have a rainy day fund going into a move.
Perform adequate research
If you do hire a professional moving company, it’s critical that you take the time in advance to look into various companies, their qualifications, references, customer reviews, different moving options like special insurance, and pricing. If you have specialty items like large pianos be sure to look into their previous experience.
Timing is everything!
Believe it or not, there is a better time of the year, month, week, and day to move. Most moving companies are busy over summer months, at the beginning and end of months, and on weekends. And if you can avoid rush hour traffic, that’s even better! Furthermore, moving companies often base their pricing around these time frames, so try to plan your move accordingly for the smoothest transition.
What Watford Moving & Storage can do to help you:
In Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas, moving locations often requires the help of a professional moving company. Whether you’re moving a business, an office, or a residence, planning ahead is half the game. Moving can be a hassle and can get quite expensive without the right help. Watford Moving & Storage has been doing this for decades; allow our expertise and experience to soothe your stress and take some of the financial pressure off. For more information about our availability, qualifications, pricing, or any other questions you may have, please contact us directly.