Removal Tips To Save You Money, Time, And Nerves

You’re moving house? How exciting! But also… what a drag! Whether you’re moving to a different country – or just a few blocks away – preparation is the key for a stress free removal.

You may have a bunch of friends who are more than willing to help you with all the packing, but if you want to keep them even after you move house, it’s better to find a reputable removal service and let them handle the process. A removal firm will have a lot of padding items to protect your belongings from breakage and damage while driving – you will not.

Don’t try to do it all on your own. You must factor in the expenses for buying the packing material, and hiring a small truck or a van for the relocation. You will probably lose more time and money by doing it yourself than you think. And, are you really sure you’re fit enough to move around the large pieces of furniture? What about carrying it up and down the stairs?

Don’t be cheap when choosing the removal service to help you move. A good removal service, with its professional resources and assistance, will save you lots of time and nerves. You will want to deal with the professionals, so pay them accordingly. If they’re too cheap, that may not be a good sign.

A “man with man” is ideal if you don’t have too much stuff. This option is usually cheaper, but they cover only short distance moves. “Man with van” have many moves during the day, so don’t forget to book ahead. Don’t underestimate how long you will need them around either.

Take about two weeks before the removal to sort out all of your belongings. Declutter and organize! Get rid of all the stuff you wouldn’t need in a new location: it will save you time when packing, it will save you money – and you’ll have more space in your new home. Don’t cling to the stuff that is useless: if you’re uncomfortable with ditching perfectly good stuff, either donate those items to charity or leave them to your friends.

A removal service can provide all the boxes for packing your stuff, bubble wrap etc. There is no such thing as too much wrapping when moving house! You will want to have loads of string and packaging paper. A great tip is to label all the boxes: this way you will know what is inside and what to unpack first when you get to your new home.

How Choosing a Good Moving Company Can Save You Money

Doing your homework before choosing a moving company can help you save a lot of money. Many factors determine how much you may be spending and each company has different rates depending on the type of service offered.

It is important to remember that cheap movers are not always the best and choosing them can land you in a lot of trouble. You might actually end up paying more than what you had bargained for.

Top 5 Tips to Save Money with Your Choice of Moving Company

  1. Compare moving companies – The best way to save money with your choice of movers is to compare the companies and the services they offer. You can get a quote from more than two companies and this enables you to find the most affordable services in your area. Be specific about the kind of services that you may require so that you are able to get an accurate quote.
  2. Hourly rate – Most moving companies charge an hourly rate when you move locally. It is advisable to calculate how much time is required to complete the entire process. You need to consider packing, loading and unloading into consideration when calculating the time. It is always advisable to add a couple of hours to the time that you had calculated for unexpected events (adverse weather conditions and traffic jam).
  3. Weight rate – If you are moving from one state to the other then moving companies charge depending on the weight of the items transported. Reduce the load and get rid of things that you do not need. You can choose to give away things that you do not need to charity or gift it the local community or to friends. When the weight becomes less, you start saving money.
  4. Timing – Moving companies are usually fully booked on Friday, weekends and holidays. When you time the moving during off days like Monday or middle of the week then you may be able to get a better deal. There are also off seasons like the month of June or July when you may be able to get a discount from movers. The first and last days of the month can also help you get cheap rates.
  5. Pack it yourself – If you have only a few household items, you can choose to pack them on your own. Moving companies charge money for packing and when you do it on your own; you may be able to save money. However you need to remember that there are some items that require specialized packing and it is best left to experienced and skilled workers. This can ensure that they are safe during loading and unloading process.

Moving Tips: 5 Things to Save Your Sanity and Your Things

Buying a house, getting a new job, upgrading your living quarters – these are all usually wonderful and exciting things! So what’s the downfall? The actual moving process. It is long, difficult and usually quite expensive. There are a few things you can do, however, to make sure the process is as painless as possible.

Here is a list of 5 things to help you out that you will want to keep handy the next time you move. These tips will save your sanity, as well as your things.

1. Start early and give yourself enough time.

Moving always takes longer than you would expect. And you always have more stuff hidden away in your closet than you expect. There is also an illusion that happens when it looks like you are about done, but really still have quite a bit to do. Part of the remedy for this is to start a good 4-6 weeks before your actual moving day.

Start with the things that are out of season, like winter clothes, or gardening tools – whatever the case may be. Pack the things that obviously won’t be needed between now and then. Books/movies are another good place to start. When you start early, you can go slow and not worry about rushing things as you get closer to moving day.

You can also start early by saving up supplies and budgeting for the move. You don’t need to save boxes forever, but when it’s time to pack up, you will not regret having a corner in the basement for them.

2. Get organized!

One of the biggest things that will save come time to move and pack up is your ability to get (and stay) organized. Having a plan, and knowing exactly where things are and what is coming next will reduce stress like nothing else on this list.

Start out by creating or getting a list of all your “moving to-dos”. You can find many moving checklists online available for free. These will include things like address changes, new resident packets, tax breaks, etc – the stuff that easily falls through the cracks until the last minute.

Another way to get organized is to create categories for your move. You can pack everything in these categories into the same boxes, and know exactly what you are unpacking. Examples include “electronics”, “office”, “kitchen”, “clothing”, etc.

Also be sure to have the proper supplies ready for the move (mentioned also briefly in point number one). Have lots of tape handy, different size boxes (clothes are much lighter than books, for instance, and can therefore be in a bigger box generally), permanent markers to label things, and of course some quick and easy food to re-energize yourself!

3. Get rid of the clutter.

The more you move, the more things you will realize you can live without. Saved every single piece of homework your child has ever done? Consider cutting that in half. Have enough clothes to fill the truck? Give some to your local Goodwill. Do you have a small library in your home? Ditch the ones that collect the most dust.

Getting rid of your extras will save quite a bit of room. This is a category to take inventory of before you start packing. If you can’t remember the last time you used something, go ahead and give it away – it is doubtful you’ll miss it!

4. Have a few “open first” boxes/suitcases.

This often gets forgotten. Pretend like you’re going on a 3 or 4 day vacation and pack what you would for that. Clothes, phone chargers, laptops, toiletries, etc. You want to make sure you can live for those first few days that you don’t have things unpacked. These need to be put in the moving trucks/cars last so they are easily accessible once you get to your destination. They are also handy if you need to be in a hotel for a few nights on a long road trip, or whatever the case may be. For entertainment purposes you might also want to throw in a few a books, DVDs, and games, especially if you have kids.

5. Consider going professional.

This does not have to mean hiring a company to pack up and move everything for you. You can rent trucks and trailers yourself, you can go with a mobile self-storage option, or you can keep things in a storage unit and come back later. The expense often outweighs the headache of doing a move 100% on your own.