It may be winter now, but spring is just around the corner. If you're planning to move in just a few short months, getting started early can help you avoid a rush or panic at the end. There are many ways to prepare for an upcoming move. These tips will help you get started with the process so your move will be successful.
Make a Budget
Before you can make any moving plans, determine how much money you have to spend on your move. It's important to know how much you can spend as you interview movers and make decisions regarding how the move will proceed. Budgeting is a different process for everybody.
Keep in mind that the average cost for a local move is between $800 and $2,000 for a four-bedroom house, while the average price to move out of state runs about $1,000 per bedroom. Having these figures in mind can help you decide how much you will need to have on hand to spend on your upcoming relocation.
Decide on Level of Service
A typical moving company will offer a variety of different service levels for homeowners with different needs. Homeowners who are thinking about moving soon must decide who will pack the boxes, load the truck, and drive the truck to its destination.
Factors to take into consideration when making decisions include budget, ability, and time. Full-service moving companies are a good option for homeowners with physical limitations or who have no time to pack and move.
Homeowners on a budget typically opt for DIY options whenever possible to save money and avoid going over budget. Speak with members of your household as you decide which type of move is right for your needs.
De-Clutter and Clean House
The more stuff you have, the more expensive your move will be. De-cluttering before a move is a smart way to save money. De-cluttering can be time-consuming, so get started on this part as soon as possible. There are many ways to remove clutter from your home.
- Plan a garage sale. Garage sales are a good way to empty old clothes, books, and other useful items from your home.
- Recycle scraps. Look for environmentally friendly ways to dispose of items that you plan to throw away.
- Give keepsakes to family. Sentimental items that you don't really need but hate to get rid of make excellent keepsakes that you can give to family and loved ones.
If you have a large house and much to get rid of, make a written plan to help make sure the project is organized and you're able to finish de-cluttering by the time you need to move.
Interview Moving Companies
As you're starting to de-clutter your home, schedule appointments with moving companies to determine how much your move will realistically cost. Meet with a multitude of moving companies early on to make sure that you'll have enough time to find the right moving company for your upcoming relocation.
As you compare moving companies to each other, consider the reputation of each company as well as the cost of the bid and the level of service that each company provides. Contact references to ensure that the moving company you choose is one that others would recommend.
When you've met with all moving companies, book them as early as possible. Summer is a popular time to move and many services will book up quickly.
Contact a Reputable Moving Company for Help
If you have more questions about how you can prepare for an upcoming move, contact us at Stuarts Moving and Storage, Inc. We're happy to answer your questions about your upcoming move.