Moving can be a stressful task, especially if you are not a routine mover. First you will need to ask yourself if it is really worth the move. A cardinal rule is that moving costs a lot of money but sometimes it is something that just has to be done. You might get lucky enough to find an amazing deal or you might find yourself with empty pockets after the move is over. Either way you want to plan ahead and make sure you are prepared for and if you’re not, just stay put.
Here are 7 useful tips that every renter should plan for before they decide to move:
1. Plan Ahead
If you are in the market for a new home, then you will definitely want to prepare yourself to start getting ready to move at least 30-40 days prior. Be sure to give the proper notice required by your current contract to your property manager to avoid costly fees.
2. Can you Afford to Move? Be Sure to Budget for Extra Costs
Moving sounds like a great idea until the costs start adding up. Sit down and calculate what your moving costs will be before you make that leap. We all know that things come up and stuff happens; you just want to be prepared to spend a little bit more.
3. Are You Going to be Happy in Your New Place?
Have you sat down and really compared the pros and cons of your new living situation to that of your current one? The last thing you want to do is move somewhere that you are not going to be happy at. This is not a decision about what you are going to eat for dinner; this is going to be your new home!
4. Do You Have a Moving Plan?
How will you move? Do you have family, friends, maybe even co-workers that could help you? If you are planning on hiring movers, www.movingguru.com is a great head start on figuring out how much you need to budget into your cost of moving for movers.
5. Find Free Moving Boxes and Pack Beforehand
Save some money by finding free boxes and start packing right away. Waiting last minute to start packing can be a major disaster. If you are paying hourly for movers, this can be a huge money saver. If you are having friends help, this can be a huge friend saver. Also, packing beforehand is the perfect time to get rid of what you do not need by donating or selling it online. Tip: Most package stores have free boxes for anyone to grab.
6. Calculate How Long it Will Take You to Move
If you are not someone that can fit everything in one to two car loads, you are going to need help moving. Be sure to have all of your moving arrangements lined up well in advance. If you are not hiring a professional moving company, it is imperative to make sure your friends are free for your big move.
7. Make a List and Check it Twice
If you are a list maker, that is perfect! If not, moving can be the best time to become one! Be sure to plan out your moving itinerary and try to stick with it. It will make everyone involved in the move less stressed and a smoother transition for you. PS—be sure to put in your change of address with the USPS.
Check with your local pizza delivery providers; some will even give you a free pizza coupon on your moving day. This would be a great treat for everyone to sit down and relax after a long day of helping you move.