5 Simple Tips When Moving

Although the idea of settling into a new place can be exciting…NO ONE LIKES THE MOVING PART!

MovingWhen I sit down with home buyers for the first time, the cost and energy it takes to move is seldom talked about.

Many new homeowners, particularly those who are ‘spent out’ after purchasing their new home, may struggle to pay for the cost of moving.

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, here are some money saving tips I have learned over the years.

1. Do Your Homework

Ask a lot of questions about size, weight and in particular, what happens if anything gets damaged. There are different types of moving services as well so be diligent in learning if a company that drops moving crates in your driveway and then hauls them to your new house is a better option than renting a truck.

2. Pack it Yourself

Packing supplies are readily available and you can save yourself a ton of time and money by starting the packing process well before the move. HINT: Buy boxes that are all the same size so you can maximize space when loading everything up.

3. Take Small Stuff Yourself

In the case of a short distance move, packing your own car(s) with items that are needed immediately like coffee maker or other vital kitchen item is smart. Also, any small item that is of particular value that you don’t want lost or damaged should go with you as well.

4. Plan Way Ahead

This may come as no surprise but most folks like to move when the weather is not an issue. The months of May through September are the busiest. Moving companies may take advantage of the peak seasons and raise their rates so be aware. Plus, moving in the rain and cold is never fun.

5. Pack Wisely

Pack the truck front to back with items you don’t need immediately going in first. This way, when it comes time to unload, you’re taking the more important items off first and putting them in their place.

SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate