Moving

How To Handle Long Distance Moves

Searching for a home locally is difficult enough, but searching for one in another city, state, across the country presents a whole new challenge. As difficult as it is, it’s not impossible. Having the right agent working with the right technology, it can be done with ease. Here are a couple ideas to keep in mind when looking for a home afar.

Do your homework

Using technology to search for a home in another part of the state or country is the best thing you can do for yourself. You know the areas around your current home, but you know almost nothing about the place you plan to move. The internet can tell you what schools, hospitals, restaurants, businesses are all around you, and even how far.

What you want to also look up is the crime rate in your area, the rankings of the schools, and how long a commute to work will be. If you do not have children, this is still something to consider because homes near excellent schools have a great resell value.

While doing your homework, you absolutely need to make sure you search for the area’s best real estate agents. It’s vital to hire an agent who is professional, trustworthy, and experienced with the area you want to buy.

They are your feet on the ground while you cannot be there. This agent is the person responsible for suggesting which neighborhoods you want to live in, what homes are selling for in the area, and basically being your lifeline while you are busy packing your belongings.

Have a budget

It’s often necessary for people to travel to their new location several times before they officially move. There are times where you have to look at neighborhoods and you may find nothing you like, forcing you to come back another time. You could also be forced to come back to pick out appliances, flooring, etc. Unexpected appointments may also...

Why Are Moving Costs so High

Nobody likes moving, and it can be even more of a hassle when you end up paying more than you originally thought. It’s important to know what you’re getting into when you move. You will need to set yourself a budget, and find an estimate that works best with your price range.

Moving companies give estimates based on the distance traveled and the weight of your possessions. There are also several other factors that can change the price, so it’s wise to know what you’re up against.

Mandatory moving services

What affects your final moving cost the most is the amount of helping hands needed.

Some moving companies offer the entire moving package: packing your belongings, putting them on the truck, transporting everything to your new home, and unloading/unpacking everything. These usually can be quite expensive.

You can save some money by packing your own stuff and getting everything ready to load on the truck.

It will also cost you if you have specific moving requirements like double trips, or crating, etc.

Sometimes there are several ways in which companies may charge extra, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Some of the most common ways companies charge extra are:

  • If the home is difficult for the trucks to reach. There may be a narrow road, or an old bridge that doesn’t allow for moving trucks to drive right up to the door. In this case they would use smaller vehicles bring your belongings to the house from the difficult entrance.
  • If the movers cannot drive right to the front door and have to carry everything a decent distance. If it’s longer than 75 feet, they will most likely add a carry-fee.
  • There’s a charge for going up and down stairs, or waiting at an elevator. These typically show up on the bill as a flight charge, or elevator fee.
  •  If some appliances cannot fit...

Moving Efficiently

Preparing for any move, whether big or small requires precise planning for everything to go smoothly. It’s important to evaluate everything you plan to take with you, inside and outside. The key is figuring out before you move, how you will transport everything you want to take, and where you will put it. Here are a few steps to help you with this move.

Take Inventory

Walking around your house and making a list of all your belongings seems tedious, but it’s necessary for a swift and easy move. This way you get to see how much stuff you actually have, and what can be thrown out.

Go online and google search a “home inventory checklist” and print it out. You can also create your own, but check some out online to see how others are done. There are even apps designed for this.

Sort the list by rooms, and don’t skip a single one, not even the hallways. For big and important items, take photos and describe them. Whatever you do, don’t forget your household documents like deeds, and birth certificates, etc.

Once you’re all packed up, keep the list close by. Having this close will allow you to unpack room by room in an effective and timely manner.

Boxing it up

Once you know everything that needs to go, the next step is figuring out how many boxes you will need. There is such thing as online packing calculators, which help determine how many boxes will be required. These calculators factor in how many rooms you have, how many people are living in the home and even if you think of yourself as a packrat or not.

Try out the calculators and see how many boxes, and what size you’ll need. If this part is causing you major headaches, you can also hire a professional mover to take the load of responsibility.

For example, a small studio would require around 20 boxes, and an average size home with 3 rooms could require 60.

Rent a truck

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The Troubles with Moving

Moving is always the worst part about selling or buying a home and it can be a nightmare if you don’t have a strategy to tackle it effectively. Problems can happen at any moment, and at any stage in the process, so it’s best to know the possibilities and how to prepare for them. Here are the top three most common moving hassles, and how they play out.

Bad movers

Movers are late or don’t show up – You have agreed upon a specific date and time for the moving company to help you load and haul away your belongings, but no truck ever comes. Right when you get on the phone to complain here they come. They’ll probably tell you a list of excuses (traffic, broken down, lost etc.) but it doesn’t help your added anxiety and lost time. Sometimes you are sold to fake moving companies and they are long gone with your deposit money.

Movers are careless and inexperienced – If they arrive in a tiny truck and without the tools needed to move large items you could be in trouble. This can turn into a nightmare rather quickly as they won’t have the know-how to handle such large items, and only create more problems for you. They have the potential to destroy items without the right moving equipment.

Movers are scam artists – There are moving scam artists out there, and it’s up to you to spot them before they spot you. They will demand more money than originally agreed upon due to extra services, and could hold on to your stuff until you pay them.

The way to avoid these nightmare movers is to do your research and hire credible movers. Having insurance on some of your belongings isn’t a bad idea either.

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How to Downsize Your Life Properly

Moving is one of the most stressful events that can happen in your life, especially if moving down in size is what you’re doing. This means you will have to be letting go of a number of your belongings just so the rest of your stuff can fit in your new place. Look at it from the viewpoint of less is more. With fewer belongings, the less stuff you will have to look after.

How does one handle moving down in size and not become an emotional basket case? I’ll explain here.

Make a complete inventory of your stuff

Knowing everything you own will help you pare down your possessions. Take not of every object you own while going through a stroll of your home. Do this whichever way you please, tablet, pen and paper, or from your computer. While you do this, write down its current condition, and the value of it.

This inventory list will assist you in identifying any duplicates you may have, but it will also help you decide what needs to be packed first. It will also help you get an accurate estimate of your moving costs.

Sketch a floor plan of your new home

Planning what space is available will help you make the best of the space available, as well as cutting down time spent on relocating the items you won’t be able to use.

Measure each room out as well as the doorways. Measure the larger items like couches, beds, etc. and find the best way to move them in. Even though you find a way to get this giant piece of furniture in, you may not be able to locate a decent spot for it.

Consider all relevant circumstances

Some items, no matter how much you love them, may not be worth moving. Many factors come into account when you are deciding if it should stay or go.

Take into account the climate...