Budgets, Downsizing, or Pets? 3 Moving Tips


How can you make the house moving process easier? Whether this is your first move or you've moved more times than you can remember, take a look at the top tips to make this process easier in almost every situation. 

You Need to Move On a Budget

How much does a move cost? There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It could cost between $600 and $1,000 to move a three-bedroom house locally, according to Consumer Affairs. But there are factors that impact this, or any other, price. If you need to move on a budget:

  • Get multiple quotes. Movers don't all charge the same fees. Interview two or three potential contractors before you choose a quote. This will give you a wider variety of estimates to select from.

  • Use cardboard boxes. Plastic moving bins can add to the overall cost. Instead of buying new bins, reuse cardboard boxes or get free boxes from retailers who have extras.

  • Upcycle everyday items. You can also save money on other moving materials. Upcycle old dish rags into protective cushions or turn your child's old backpacks into flexible packing containers.

Along with these ideas, declutter before your move. The less you bring with you, the lower the price.

You Need to Downsize

Are you moving from a larger house to a smaller one or an apartment? If you will need to downsize for this move:

  • Sort everything before you pack. There's no reason to pack anything you won't use in your new home. Before the movers arrive, sort everything you own into keep and not-keep piles.

  • Hold a garage sale. This tip is also an easy way to help fund your move (if you're on a tight budget). 

  • Donate some of your overflow. Give used, but in decent condition, to charity. This strategy can help you to declutter—while helping someone else out.

If your downsized move is temporary, consider moving some items into storage. Instead of bringing everything to your new home, ask the movers to transport these items separately to a storage rental. 

You Need to Move with Pets

Of course your pets will move with you. But the presence of your pets can make the process tricky. If you have cats or dogs, hire a pet sitter, ask a friend to watch your furry family members, or designate a safe room for your animals. These options can give you more free time to navigate the home moving process, keep your pets safe, and reduce mid-move day runaway risks. 

To learn more home moving tips, contact local movers today. 


11 October 2021

Difficult Moves Made Easy

My husband is in the military, and our family has had to move across the country a few times throughout his career. The first time we faced a move, I was so overwhelmed that I felt like I was going to burst! We had accumulated so much "stuff" that I just didn't know what to do with it all. We ended up hiring a moving company, and we put all of the "stuff" we didn't use often in a storage unit. Once I got through the process once, our next couple of moves seemed like a breeze. I know there are other families out there facing their first moves feeling unprepared and overwhelmed, so I decided to make a blog to share moving tips and tips about using storage units wisely. I hope I can help make your move less stressful!