Friday, May 19, 2017

Moving: do yourself or outsource?

When moving an average family gets all easy about 100 boxes together. That's after weeding out the accumulated junk that you have given away or discarded meantime, large pieces such as cabinets and seats are not counted. All this adds up to a nice job relocation. Not to mention the cost of fuel and means to another to transport everything from one house ...
Get your hair already gray when you make the sum for your move? Perhaps it is worth considering to outsource the whole job.
In many cases, it is probably cheaper to do throughout the move itself. But there is a difference between the financial costs and what you end up is really worth.
Some things to consider:

The size of the move

There is a difference between a student who moves to a student flat or even someone who moves to a first or second apartment, and someone who must transport a full family from one location to another, or someone from a large house to a service flat should move.
Bring yourself identified what needs to be done, write down how much needs to be moved and record the measurements. So you know how much you can do yourself and how much help you will need. And what help ... it will be enough to shut down the rear seats of the car of your neighbor, you will need a van or a complete removal van at issue?

Endurance / perseverance

Moving is tiring. Not only physically, but also mentally. Are your friends (and yourself) to cope brushing against a day, loading and unloading, climb stairs and go down with about 100 boxes? Are there any knee or back problems that may stand in the way? How to handle stress is everyone?

The cost

It will eventually probably cost more than you think. Do you take into account the cost of supplies (boxes, tape, alcohol markers, bubble wrap, rope, garbage bags ...), fuel, perhaps tolls if you leave the country, temporary rental equipment, plenty of food and drinks and other treats for your helpers, and in between charges such as meals, babysit, for some people maybe a hotel when they are no longer in one house, but not in the other.
Hiring professional help for many people who want to save a little stress, not such a bad idea. The comfort of reliable help is often worth much.

Hiring professional help

If you choose to do to turn professional movers? Then keep these tips in mind to pack a little economical with:


Relocation firms often have higher rates at the beginning and end of the month, because often ended leases and most people want to move their belongings as soon as possible. Also at the weekend, these services are often more expensive, because people have time to move.
So try to take some vacation days during the week, preferably in the middle of the month to schedule. It will be cheaper.

Go itself started

Put itself a part of the work. Grab as many of your own boxes ahead and create as many things mover-friendly. What we mean by that? Disconnect your electrical appliances already in advance, roll carpets, remove what should be removed. It ensures that the movers have less work and therefore waste less time, useful if you pay them per hour.

Opt for a compromise

Some relocation services provide a kind of 'self-service.' They put the moving truck to your door, you are in charge, they drive to a destination, you load out. You can ask assistance to a 'team' to load in one house, and another "team" let unloading in the other house. So you have just the cost of the truck and the removal process.

Request quotes

Rent your professional help then you will see of course that they are trustworthy and cautious and that they do not charge too much. Please ask detailed quotations from at least three moving services. Let them come if necessary site and estimate your contents. They will draw up a detailed estimate from your home than by mail or phone.
Ask for advice in your area. Which movers advise your neighbors, friends or family? And better, what they recommend not lit? Find more references online if necessary.


Moving services often look at the quantity/volume as they prepare their bids. The price depends on which vehicle they will need, how much space to record your stuff (especially in long distance moving, which also takes into account weight) and how much time it takes to move everything. In other words, no moving stuff you no longer need. The less you move, the less place to take your things, the less there must and will be driven, the less it will cost.
Moving will allow you to restart. A blank chapter. So let unnecessary belongings. Filter well, and maybe you can make someone else happy. Some things you might have to sell or donate. Be thorough and provide a place to "sell" a -berg "donate" to -Berg and a garbage bag (make a roll of trash bags there). It may even be useful to rent a container for waste. Depends on how big is the move.
Forget not smaller items, such as food. Is it really worth the additional relocation costs? Begin to several weeks in advance of your frozen items and no longer to purchase excess food. Make sure you as little as possible to bring. If necessary Donate unopened soup cans or other preserves. Dump things that are in your closet a long time and perhaps even overdue. The same goes for open herbs or sauces. Gather your old magazines? Cut out interesting articles and save them in a folder. Throw away the magazines in the waste paper. It is a very less weight.

Also on moving supplies, you can save. How?

Collect free boxes at local grocery stores, beverage plants (often very strong boxes, same size, not too big) or at the weekly market. Print Paper Boxes are also useful to serve as a moving box. Go to schools or offices. Through sites like Facebook, you can hear around local subgroups or someone disposing of moving accidentally. You never know.
Consider using reusable boxes. There are companies that reusable boxes sell or rent.
Go DIY Stores for moving supplies. They often provide the basics at very reasonable prices and they can assist you with advice and tips.

Organize and coordinate

Have to gather your boxes? Then the next step is to load and label. Forget that last definitely not. You then save your a lot of searching and frustration. Some tips to clearly label:
Be well up on the box and on the side which is the content. One side is covered by another box, you will see hopefully on the other side of what's inside. You describe quite as clearly as possible what it is and where the box should go, do not be too vague. Instead of just "book," write "children's book + coloring books, children."
Stack full boxes to each other at the same location. They go together in the moving truck and hopefully back out. You again save a lot of searching.
You can use an Excel sheet, another computer or an app to help you. So you can suddenly listen to your stuff, you know in which box they are, where the box should, and how many boxes there are in total around. Give each box a number or name to save statement. If you post still looking for something and have not yet had time to unpack everything, you can quickly consult your file or application, and you know where you've hidden the damn screwdriver. Such a list is also useful for the movers to have an overview of the number of boxes and where they have to take you. A good checklist so.

loading the moving van

When you reserve a moving truck, follow the suggestions of the moving company. Doubt you do, then just go for larger, it is always better to drive than twice.
Make a list of what you want to move and think immediately what you want in the first place. It is not convenient to take out things again if there already are. So go after what you definitely do not need and what will be the easiest to stack.
So know what your charging order will be. First load largest and heaviest things such as furniture and appliances. Also, remember that things do not necessarily have in their normal position. A seat can easily be on his side. Then load the heavier boxes and then lighter things like light chairs. Ensure eventually top light or fragile items or stand in a separate zone, where nothing can fall on or where it can not be broken shake. Extra tip: make the best puzzler in your home state or the moving van to coordinate everything.
Boxes and loose items are as close as possible packed together so that they do not move. Pack furniture in advance with blankets, pillows or protective foil or plastic. If necessary, they bind together or up with ropes so that nothing starts shifting during transport. You do not want your seat glass lands on your crystals. Therefore, load last in your mattress. Okay, it's a big item, so it had to have been the first, but it is an additional protection and can serve as additional "wall" to keep everything in place.

All well and good packed? Do not forget extra insurance!

Often a relocation is covered by your regular insurance, but ask to be sure in advance after. Is not included then it might be good for your sleep and stress afterward to add that extra option anyway. You can obtain this from your moving company, but also with your current insurer.
You play better safe than sorry that you have afterward.
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