Few of us look forward to the stress of having to make a move, whether it’s close to home or somewhere far away. While it can be an exciting and hopeful time, the process leading up to your new beginning can be a nightmare if not planned properly. Luckily, there is a wealth of resources available to you which can make the move much easier. All it takes is a little prep work on your part to ensure your move goes off without a hitch!
Choosing the Right Ride
First, determine whether or not you’ll be taking your vehicle with you if it’s a longer move. If you’re going to rent a trailer and/or moving truck, do your research beforehand. Find out how much it will cost to rent the size you need, and determine, before ordering, the size truck required to move what you need most. You will also need to take into account how many days and how many miles the rate of the moving truck will cover. If you’re also moving your vehicle, price a tow dolly as well. Depending on what kind of vehicle you have and how much you will need to move, it may be cheaper to drive your vehicle and tow a trailer with your possessions instead. When weighing your options, take into account what your gas consumption will be when driving your vehicle with a trailer in tow versus driving a moving truck. It’s also important to take into account the reliability of your vehicle. If you will be moving cross-country and don’t have the most trustworthy vehicle, pulling a trailer may be out of the equation. In this case, it would be better to drive a moving truck with your vehicle in tow. Also, if you have a smaller vehicle, towing a moving trailer will probably not be feasible.
Well Hello Dolly
If you have larger items to move, consider renting a moving dolly or hand truck. Even if you have friends who can help, these devices are quite useful when having to move up stairs or forced to haul heavy items that cannot slide on the ground. While a hand truck can be used by someone strong enough to handle the load of the object, it’s much better to have someone else with you to help stabilize the object you’re trying to move.
Bringing in the Pros
You may also want to investigate how much it would cost to hire a full-service moving company. This may come in handy if either your stature or health problems will not allow you to move by yourself. While friends can come in handy when moving around town, it can be much trickier getting friends to help you move far away from home. There are also “self move” services that will drop off a container that you can load, which they will then pick up and transport to you. While these options are generally pricier, you may find the extra expense worth it if it saves you time, strain, and hassle. Professional movers are usually well-versed in the techniques involved in moving your belongings safely and quickly. Not only will this keep your back and muscles from having to endure the pain of moving, but your furniture and other belongings will probably arrive in better shape!
Take a few precautions, do a little research, and you’ll find that the move can be much less painful than you might have imagined!