Moving Tips To Make Your Life Easier
With the housing market slowly but surely on the mend, Americans are even more likely to relocate — and that’s saying something. Just how common is it to pack up your things and move? On average, 43 million Americans relocate in any given year. About 35.6% of young adults ages 20 to 24 moved in 2013, and 30.7% U.S. men and women ages 25 to 29 packed up and moved, also in the last 12 months or so.
The prospect of packing your entire home into boxes and making arrangements to get those boxes into your new home can be daunting. Here are a few moving day tips to make the whole thing a little less intimidating.
Know What You Are — And What You Aren’t — Willing To Do/strong>
It’s moving day. Everything is neatly packed into the truck, thanks to the help of local movers. You’re all set, except there is one problem. When you rented the truck online (or maybe over the phone), you didn’t realize it would be quite that big. The most you’ve ever done is driven your uncle’s pickup truck once, and you just aren’t comfortable maneuvering what basically amounts to a semi (plus, those huge blind spots!).
Believe it or not, a lot of people make this mistake. You can rent a truck to drive or you can pay moving companies to take care of loading and driving for you. Carefully note how much you’ll be moving, what size truck you’ll need, and whether or not you’ll be confident driving it (especially if it’s a long distance).
Don’t Pay For Boxes
Good news! You can easily pick up some entirely free boxes from your local liquor store. (Just ask!) If you call grocery stores and retailers, they may also be able to hook you up, with some notice. Just remember: free boxes are great, but you have to be careful. One of the best packing and moving day tips is to carefully inspect and reinforce any boxes as necessary. Double-tape may be a slight pain down the road, but it beats bottomed-out boxes and broken dishes.
Forty percent of Americans expect to move in the next five years. Make moving day a breeze with realistic expectations and estimates (know all of the specifics about your movers and the truck!), and forgo the expense of paying for boxes — but be prepared to reinforce them!