Moving house can be a big challenge for anyone. There is so much involved that you can easily become stressed, and no one can blame you. There’s so much to think about, and countless things you have to remember. Even the smallest details going missing can result in a disaster, so it’s vital you make sure you are organized and take into account everything you need to do. There are a lot of things to go through and you need to make sure you check them all off, so we’re here to tell you all of the things you must organize before moving home. Here’s what people don’t tell you about moving house.
First of all, you should consider how you are going to pay to move all of your belongings to your new home. Many people try to sort of this on their own, but this often isn’t the easiest thing to do. This can be a very expensive and tedious process, and making the decision to hire a moving company is probably the smart thing to do considering you could be travelling a very large distance. You need to make sure you choose a trustworthy removals company (with lots of legit and positive reviews) that’ll give you good value for money. You should always take into consideration the amount of goods you are transporting first and foremost. However, factors such as the distance being travelled, the size of the crew you hire and the speed of packing will also play a role in the final cost. Make sure you find a company who will offer you high quality labour for a good price; the best moving companies will have glowing reviews online and won’t make you break the bank for a process they know is tough on you. Some companies may also offer you discounts if you provide packing materials yourself, or if you help with the packing, so make sure you give a helping hand wherever you can to lower the cost.
The large majority of people who are moving house and are debating whether to hire a moving company often forget one of the most important things- you can get a quote from them. Finding a moving company which is a good value for money can be vital in saving you funds during the moving process. Getting a quote can play a big role in helping you decide which company to choose from. You should aim to get quotes from at least three companies in order to compare them and try to look at companies who will actually come to your home to have a look. This will allow them to come up with a very accurate amount, rather than just hazarding a guess over the phone. Be as honest as possible when telling companies about the possessions you’ll be moving, as this will reduce the chances of you being shocked when you get additional costs at the end of the process. You may also be able to get breakdowns of the costs; insurance, packing, hourly rates, and mileage are all aspects to find out the cost of prior to hiring a company, and you should also look into whether or not the company charges for overtime- this can add a significant amount to your total cost.
If you are indeed choosing to hire a moving van, you could also look into whether it could tow your own personal vehicle. Many people tend to forget that a lot of moving companies can provide this kind of service. Not only would this potentially save you hundreds of dollars in fuel, but it also prevents any unwanted damage that could occur to your car over a very long drive. Look into “vehicle dollies” to assist you. This would then allow you to take more of a comfortable trip to your new state of residence, such as by flying.
Many people also tend to forget that, depending on where you are moving, you may need a new driver’s license. This is particularly the case if you live in America, or are moving there. Most states require you to get a new license after having lived in a new state for a certain amount of time, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get it sorted. To transfer your out-of-state driver’s license, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. While requirements vary from state to state, you’ll most likely need your current driver’s license, proof of residency (lease, electric bills, etc), proof of your social security number and an additional form of identification, such as a birth certificate.
Another common misconception around moving house is that you have to take absolutely everything with you; this is definitely not the case. Although it might seem tempting at first to take absolutely everything you own with you, this most definitely shouldn’t be the case. This would only add to the weight of your moving bags or boxes, which in turn will significantly increase the cost of moving your belongings. You should only pack the things you’ll really need for the move, and get rid of any things you’ve been hoarding. Throw out any out of date electronics, unused clothes or anything that will only serve to weigh you down. Put these sort of items into charity shops or something of the sort- they may be of no more use to you, but they might be of use to someone else. Conversely, you could try to sell them for a bit of extra cash to fund your moving costs.