Managing Paying and Packing for Your Move: Expectations vs. Reality--Part 2

packing for your move

Now that you've decluttered your whole abode and have only the stuff you for sure want to relocate with you to Colorado Springs, you can progress to the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Colorado Springs.
 

Pack

If you have got the budget for it and have really done a complete job of purging, hiring movers is a great option. But if you are similar to a lot of mortals and are following a bit of a budget and fighting with getting organized with everything to move, packing yourself might be a possible choice. Professional packers will pack all of your things—they're not there to clean or to judge, packers go in and get the task finished. If something is in their range of vision, it will get wrapped and placed in a box. However, if you are planning to pack yourself, get your moving supplies ready – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and start boxing as you purge.

This is a method that performs well for most people, as you can multitask by putting the things you're taking with you in a box and be done with it, and simultaneously you are throwing things out and making your donate/sell piles. If you begin well ahead of moving day and allocate about two hours every day for purging and packing, you should progress enough that you're able to manage the last few days without a complete breakdown.

Start with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that's where most folks collect the things they don't even recollect that they own. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you have got the rest of the family to lend a hand--let it be known that old basketballs and tubs of mystery cables only get boxed up if the owner is there to justify why they need to move. Dedicate a corner of the garage for donations; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donations and if it's all in one spot that is an easy win.

If you are absolutely stressed out at the thought of sorting through everything in your residence, think about appointing an estate liquidation company. They will come in, help you sort, and then, they can auction furniture, appliances, toys, whatever you want them to. Things that don’t make the sale cut are donated or trashed. If you are packing for your move yourself, there are companies you can hire that will come and haul away your junk for a fee, or by the truckload, if you have got a lot of stuff.

Pay

Paying for moving costs is one item that some folks don't factor into the expense of the new house, although it might be as expensive as your closing costs. Unless you have got a relocation package, you need to be aware what costs you're going to take on with a move.

Talk to several professional movers to get an estimate of what you will pay for a full-service move versus one where you pack yourself and have the trucks come load, drive, and unload, and weigh that to what it would cost to fully do it yourself and just rent a moving van. If you decide to do your own packing, factor in the cost of materials--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets for starters. When you're calculating the cost, do not forget the time it will take to do your own boxing and loading, and the equipment and knowledge you'll need for heavy or awkward furniture. If you have antiques, a piano, or a large swing set, can you maneuver them safely--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you break an antique clock? Movers are more expensive, but they're insured, have the proper equipment and expertise, and are less likely to fall down the stairs while carrying something heavy than you.

Moving to a new home and creating a new life is exciting,exhilarating and can be a wonderful experience for your whole family. Paying attention to the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by bringing with you only the items you actually use and love – allowing time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will assist in making those great expectations a reality.