Moving & Relocation Help
There are two types of moving days: the successful ones that end in high-fives or the chaotic ones that end in tears. A successful move comes through careful planning, budgeting, hard work, and detailed preparation before, on, and after the big day. If you don't know where to get started, this resource was written just for you.
Whether you are moving a short distance or making a full cross-country relocation, many of the steps are the same. Here's what you need to know:
Before the Move
Know Your Options
There’s more than one way to move. Here are some options:
A DIY move. The labor and driving will be left to you. However, many friends and family members will usually lend a hand to help out. As a rule of thumb, ask friends and family for their help about two weeks in advance. Be sure to explain where you're moving and lay out expectations for moving day. As a bonus, they may be able to help out by bringing along their extra tools or moving equipment, so be sure to ask about that dolly. Also, buying dinner afterward is a thoughtful way to reward everyone for their hard work including yourself.
Hire Professional Movers
If manual labor isn’t your forte or you are physically unable, there are plenty of moving companies who will do it for you. Be proactive and do your homework. For a good rule of thumb, reading a company's online reviews will help you in making the right choice when it comes to putting your valuables in the hands of others. This gives you more piece of mind that the company you choose will take as much care of your belongings as you would. Doing a little extra research could end up saving you time and money in the long run. Have a reputable company come to your home and give you an estimate before you pack the first box so that you do not run into weight overage fees once the truck is loaded.
If steering a giant truck down the interstate sounds overwhelming, we encourage you to look into various large shipping options. Check into PODS or U-Box Containers to explore alternative options for shipping your household--but keep in mind this could be a high ticket item depending on the distance. All of LockTite Storage Centers allow you to offload your container when it arrives provided it is picked up the same day.
For those with little to no sentimental attachments to furniture and knick-knacks, consider selling unnecessary items by having a yard sale or donating to a local charity so you can travel light to your new home. If your furnishings are highly attuned to the house, some buyers may want to purchase your home with all its furnishings. When you arrive at your new place, enjoy the fun of shopping for new belongings. Also, several LockTite storage centers offer periodic garage sales for all customers in a fun, festival type atmosphere. Ask your manager for details.
Budget for the Move
Once you know the right moving option for you, start budgeting the move. You can find moving cost calculators online, like this one from Moving.com, to obtain a ballpark figure of what you should expect to pay. Of course, the less expensive option will always be to recruit friends and family. If you have the energy for a DIY move, you’ll save a lot of money.
The cost of a move depends on many factors including distance, amount of belongings, the day of the week, and more. Here are some tricks to save money during the moving process:
Move on a Monday
Many moving truck rental companies charge higher rates on the weekends because of higher demand. If you have the freedom in your schedule, move on a Monday instead.
Start with a Garage Sale
Moving day tends to result in lots of things being discarded. Families often decide at the last minute that they don't want to bring certain items, and since it is too late for a garage or yard sale the day of the move, they tend to throw lots of things away. A garage sale can also help offset some of the costs of the move if time allows for you to do so.
Bring Only What You Need
If you don’t have the time or energy for a garage sale, consider donating items like clothes and furniture to a local thrift store or charity. Make sure that you keep receipts for anything donated to charity--your donations are often tax deductible.
Compare Moving Company Costs
If you have decided on hiring a moving company, then you will need to obtain detailed quotes. Call around your home city to find out what each company will charge to move your home. Be aware; some companies won't provide a moving quote without first looking at your house. This is the often the sign of a good moving company. They will do a walk-through of your home and get details on the specific items you want to move. This simple step can avoid disastrous surprises on the day of the move and unexpected charges for special items, stairs, etc.
Wait to Buy New Things
This suggestion is two-fold. On the one hand, waiting until after you move to purchase new belongings means that you will have fewer items to pack and move. On the other hand, you will have to purchase the items after you move and sometimes these could be necessities like towels for bathing or sheets for the beds. Be mindful of what you keep and what you leave behind.
Second, when you request a change of address from the postal service, they’ll often send a package of home-centric coupons that are redeemable at local retailers in your new city. Instead of paying full price for new household items, wait until those coupons arrive at your new address so you can take advantage of discounts.
What to Expect the Day of the Move
Moving day can be a long one. Start with a good breakfast and a tall cup of coffee for a kick of energy and have plenty of water available to stay hydrated. If you’re moving a full house of furniture and belongings, expect this project to take up most of your weekend.
Make Moving Day Easy
Being financially prepared to move is just the beginning. Next, you must prepare logistically. Remember that moving day tends to be long and exhausting. You will rediscover things you didn't know you still had. You'll find out how much heavier the sofa was than you remembered, and things might take longer than you expected. So it is best to plan for the extra time.
Pack in Advance
Believe it or not, the hardest part of moving days is the slow decluttering process. If you’re still throwing toys and books into boxes, it’s going to be a long day. Spread boxing up things out over a week or two. The goal is for moving day to be nothing other than loading boxes and furniture into a truck. You will be so glad that you packed in advance
Prioritize Your Health
During all the busyness of moving day, it can be easy to neglect your own health and safety because there is so much going on. Take time to eat full meals, drink plenty of water, and lift with your legs, not your back. Take breaks when needed and try not to do more than you handle.
After the Move
Congratulations! You made it through moving day. Now comes the fun part: choosing where everything belongs in your new home. The feeling of settling into your new home is exciting and can be an enjoyable experience.
Rediscover What You Own
Wait to purchase new things until you have completely emptied your boxes. Moving periods sometimes turn into a season of unnecessarily redundant purchases because people forget where their items are that they already own.
Handling the Excess
No amount of planning can adequately prepare someone for what their belongings will look like in a new home. As the unpacking and organization begin, the finer details come together after things begin to find their place. Many families discover that some of the furniture or pictures they thought would fit, end up not blending as well as they imagined. In that case, what should they do?
If you wish you to hold onto belongings that don't quite fit or maintain the style of your new house, consider renting a storage unit.
Additionally, if your home sells before you find a new place to live, storage units are an excellent resource for storing your valuables during the interim period.
If you’re relocating to Texas, LockTite Storage has great storage solutions in and around many of Texas’ most populous cities including the Austin and Houston areas as well as Wimberley and Seguin. Find your storage unit today.