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Jan 23, 2015

You Have Options When it Comes to Moving

Well planned moves always go better than a last-minute panic. Most moving companies suggest that you begin planning at least two months before your move date. Why? Because a move can be one of the most stressful periods of your life if you haven’t planned properly.

It’s common knowledge that you have options when it comes to moving. Some involve more work than others. Some involve more money than others. This article lays out the options for you to determine how much money you’re willing to trade off for a given amount of work and vice versa.

Do It Yourself Move

Every day, people all over the country elect the DIY option. Rent a truck, fill it up with fuel and try to convince your friends to volunteer their time in exchange for pizza and beer. This is generally the least costly option, but there are plenty of trade-offs.Moving is labor intensive and can be dangerous if you’re inexperienced. There is a reason moving companies pay such high insurance premiums – damages can happen to both property and limb.

Also, driving moving vans can be challenging. Often, this is the most difficult part of the entire process. Most people aren’t used to the blind spots, necessary wide turns and dangerous reversing that comes with large trucks.


Hire a Professional Mover

You can hire a professional mover and you don’t have to lift a finger. They can come to your house days before the move and pack everything in boxes. Most companies will even unpack and take away the old boxes when they’re done. Needless to say, this is the most expensive option, but the one that requires the least amount of physical work on your part.

Pack Yourself and Have the Pros Move it

A popular option is to purchase the packing material and pack the boxes yourself. Then, hire the professionals for the move. They may not be liable for damages to your items, but this scenario can save you a lot of dough. This leaves the riskiest part of the move to the folks who know what they’re doing.

Shipping Containers

There are several companies that exist who will deliver a shipping container to your home. You can load it over the course of several days. Once it is loaded, they will deliver it to the new destination and you can unload the contents. This alternative is best for those folks who want to take their time to sort, pack and load.

For more information, visit the American Moving & Storage Association


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