The average American will move approximately 12 times in their lifetime, with most household moving occurring between the months of May and September. Who can blame them, the weather is better and kids are out of school. Moving is claimed to be the third most stressful event one could possibly endure, after death in the family and divorce, moving continues to be on of the top endeavors Americans go through. Despite the efforts and the financial pitfalls, chances are Americans will keep moving. With all the moving that happens each and every year, there is no one-size fits all outline for a successful move, every move is different. Below are some guidelines to think about when planning your next move.
DIY or hire help?
Recruiting friends and family and renting a truck are certainly cheaper, but think very hard about whether or not you’re all really up for the task. Assess your situation and budget carefully, and consider hiring out as many tasks as you can afford. You may find it’s not worth the trouble (or your back) to do the heavy lifting yourself, but moving smaller or valuable items by hand is worth your effort.
We are hired help with the Do-It-Yourselfer in mind. With our help you don’t have to rely on friends and family, you can still control the entire moving process, you can do as much or as little as you want. Our teams will help load and or unload your household items into a trailer, moving truck or storage container. Our time starts when we arrive on site to load or unload your belongings. We DO NOT charge travel time from our shop to your pickup point like other moving companies do.
Our charges include a two man moving team, straps and dollies to move the pieces as well as minor tooling that may be necessary to take a door or banister off to aid in moving your furniture. We have a two hour minimum, afterwards we bill to the nearest quarter hour. We work Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm. Early morning and/ or after hours are available by appointment at a premium.
We can wrap household furnishings and do the hard labor of moving. We provide the moving labor, however not the transportation we leave that to the truck drivers. We work with national carriers, Moving Staffers, Elite Moving, and Hire A Helper. We do the hard work so you don’t have.
Moving = the ultimate decluttering opportunity
The less stuff you have, the cheaper it’ll be to move it — and the neater and faster your new home will come together. Start as early as possible, and divide items into “keep,” “trash,” “recycling,” and “donate.” Be brutally honest — if you haven’t used it in a year (or forgot you even had it!), you don’t need it. Stuff you really shouldn’t bother moving: Open condiment containers and cleaning products, and stacks of old magazines.
Supplies aren’t cheap…
But there are a few clever ways to save on boxes — and even get them for free, if you play your cards right. Check your local grocery store, make friends with the stock guys. Those cartons are durable and not overly large, so if you are planning to move yourself, you can’t fill them so full that they’re overwhelming to carry.