Conquering Your Move: Part 1 - The Prep
By Stephen Bienko, Owner of College Hunks North Jersey
A lot of moving generally takes place over the next few months (May-September in the moving world is called “Move Season.”) It's a stressful time because, let's face it, moving is stressful.
Anyone who says it isn't stressful probably doesn’t care about their possessions.
Sometimes there’s no way around this struggle, but it can be a lot more tolerable and a lot less stressful if you have a little guidance and expertise in your back pocket.
That’s exactly why we’ve provided you with these “Steps To Conquering Your Move!”
We've broken down the four steps to a successful move, from the beginning prep to the final move in. Enjoy!
Part 1: The Prep
Transferring Your Information
First, be sure you know all the utilities you're responsible for and make the transfers. Another switch you can make in advance is filling out a change of address form, which you can do online here with USPS. It’s a great service and I highly recommend it.
Finding Packing Supplies: You Get What You Pay For
You may be able to find boxes in your office or ask a friend to bring home any boxes from their job. The downside to reusing boxes is that they're not always in the best condition. If you want brand new boxes (and other packing supplies), you can get a pretty good deal through ULine. They offer moving kits and will deliver to your door. But watch out because their delivery fee is incredible.
The best way to outfit a home is to buy new furniture. I know this sounds crazy but it’s true. Most furniture may fit in one home but not in another. If you have the means to buy new furniture go do it. Sell your old stuff on Craigslist. If your furniture is nice and in good shape I guarantee that it will sell.
However if you must use your current furniture her are a few words: Make an appointment at the new place to be absolutely certain your furniture will fit the way you want it. All you need to bring is a tape measure and the measurements of your furniture. If you really want to prepare, consider templating your furniture with one of the several available templating websites on the internet.
Getting a Truck
You may prefer to go the DIY way, but I've always found that my moves go faster and cheaper in the long run when you higher a professional mover to do the job. The key to this is the vetting process. All movers are not created equal but the good ones are great and they free you from silly mistakes and the headaches that come along with it. If you're taking the DIY approach, you're obviously going to need a truck. U-Haul, Budget and Penske tend to be the most recognized brands for local moves, but be sure to consider all your options. There are a few things you're going to want to consider when renting a truck:
Your mileage may vary from move to move, so figure out approximately how far you'll be driving and how much you pay per mile.
The cost of the rental is one thing, but you also have to consider the cost of the truck should you find yourself in an accident. Rental companies offer insurance at different levels that often exceed the cost of the rental itself.
Shop online and browse deal sites. Often there are online specials available you won't get via phone reservation. Keep your eyes peeled and you can sometimes save as much as 50%.
Reserve your truck as far in advance as you can or you may not get one. Most people move in the summer and on the weekends, so if you're one of those people you'll want to book as far in advance possible.
Moving is not something you should do alone—it's not impossible, but it can be a miserable experience if you’re trying to be “one person and a truck.” Some tasty beer and great pizza should be enough to get a few friends to help. Be sure to have them meet in the morning because moving can be an all day affair and you don’t want to get stuck doing it in the dark. Let me repeat that. You do NOT want to finish a move in the dark.
Be sure to check back right here next Monday when we walk you through Part 2: Packing.