If we are completely honest, there are few people who enjoy the moving process. It's a lot of work, it's a lot of time, it can be costly and it can be extremely stressful. The good news is there are ways to make the moving experience a more pleasant experience.
Research Moving Companies
One of the biggest unknowns when it comes to moving is how to select a moving company. Many moving companies sub-contract out their jobs so it is difficult to know exactly who you are getting. This means it is difficult for your real estate agent to give a recommendation as to which company to use. There are lots of services that have pre-screened service providers and can provide references for the vendors they use. Another route to take is to utilize web sites like Yelp to see what other customers thought about the company and the service they provided. Although the cost can be high, it is worth it. After a certain age, your friends don't want to lift heavy boxes and furniture up and down stairs for pizza and beer. Now is the time to do all of the research to determine your options. You can also do a more thorough job of researching when you aren't rushed.
Splurge on Boxes
Buying boxes can be expensive, but doing so will save you time and aggravation. It's a lot of work going to various retail establishments asking if they have any old boxes. If you are using a moving company check to see if they will give you a discount if you purchase the boxes from them. You can also check different list serves in your area to see if anyone is looking to get rid of the boxes from their move. It is much easier to pack and move when your boxes are more uniform.
Take Some Things With You
If you are moving across town (and not across country), there may be some items that you want to move yourself. If you aren't having your new place professionally cleaned before you move in, take your cleaning supplies with you. You don't want to start putting things away in a house you haven't cleaned. You'll also want to carry with you any fragile items that would crush you if they got damaged in the move. Lastly, take any items you will need immediately when you move. Those items could include things like toiletries, toilet paper, bed and bath linens...things of that nature. You just never know how long the move will take or how much energy you will have to unpack once all of the boxes are at your new home.
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