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How to Prepare for Your Moving Experience

I Have to/Get to Move? Help!

Do you know the way to San Jose? How about Syracuse or Cincinnati? Knowing the directions to these cities or any other city might not be useful information to you now, but if you find yourself in a place like thousands of other people across our country, a change of locale may be in your future. You may have received word from work that you are being transferred across country or you may have decided to move closer to those precious grandchildren. Whatever the reason behind your move, now it's time to break out those maps or fire up Google Maps to figure out where in the world you're going! But before you hit the trail, you might want to first put together a moving to-do list, so that each time you check off a completed task you've gotten yourself a little closer to your big moving day, and a lot more stress-free as you work towards your goal.

So You're Headed in the Right Direction: Now What?

If you have the time and energy to do a self-move, there are important things that need to be accomplished long before your actual move date. A number 1 necessity for your move is in acquiring boxes. That may sound like an easy task, but many businesses that were once places where you could get all the free boxes you needed, now crush their boxes. So well before the big day make calls to your local grocer, package store, etc., and ask them if they would please save boxes for you. Many places will accommodate if asked in advance. This is also a good time to start saving newspapers or any other kinds of material for packing. Get the word out to friends and family of your need for these items. And don't forget social media, it's amazing what you can request and receive through your Facebook connections. At this point, if the idea of moving yourself is starting to look daunting, now would be a great time to start checking into the many moving companies that are at your disposal. A good and qualified moving company will take all the stress of moving off your hands. No spending your time looking for boxes, no begging friends to save their Sunday paper, just time to sit back and daydream about your future home.

"Hey Friend, Can I Borrow Your Back?"

This may well be the hardest part of your move, and one of the most important ones to get right. If you've ever tried to move a couch on your own, you know it's just not a wise thing to do. So now's when you find out who your real friends are as you start to line up help. Depending on the amount of earthly treasures you own, will dictate the amount of help you will need. You and one friend could probably accomplish the packing and the loading of a car/truck/van on your own, but if you want that friend to ever speak to you again, you really should have several friends or family members ready to help on moving day. And by all means ask for their help well in advance. Everyone's busy these days. This is also a good time to think of the fact that by moving yourself you will need unloading help on the other end of your trip. Going back to our previously mentioned moving companies, this might be a good time to re-visit the hiring of strong backs. After all, that's what they get paid to do. Hire a company...Save a friend.


Where's All This Stuff Been Hiding?

So the packing has begun and reality hits that you have too much stuff! What to do with it? Well if it's things that you don't want to move to your new location, your options are many. There's the tried and true garage sale, if you have the time and energy. If you want to sell that swing set or those outgrown clothes from the comfort of you living room, there's eBay, Craigslist, and many selling sites via Facebook. And if you are of the generous nature, there are dozens of organizations that would be more than willing to take all of the extras off your hands. You may now find yourself with an overload of possessions that you aren't willing to part with, but no more space to stuff it into your moving vehicles. What to do? This would be a good time to look for a temporary solution through self storage. Your treasures will be safe and secure until you can make a trip back for them, or someone can get them to you.

Moving: What Is The Real Cost?

If you're in the process now of trying to decide to move your own self or to go through a moving company, you need to make a list of all the pro and cons of both options. Rationale the monetary cost of hiring a reputable moving company, versus the physical and stress cost that a self-move might put on you and your family. If you have pets or children, consider the effects that each of these varied moves could have on both. Determine your own schedule and decide if you can make the time for a successful self-move or would it be a better plan to hire a moving company to do the work for you. Individuals and families successfully move themselves every day, and then there are moving companies that make these moves professionally on a daily basis. Learn more about how to prepare for your move at

Now Hit the Road!

Only you can best determine what kind of a moving plan is the best one for you or your family. Weigh your options and then put your plan into action. But whatever your decision, try to relax and stay calm. Your new home and exciting future awaits!

Kim Linn works for D&D Storage and Moving and has recently put many of these suggestions into use through the move of her son and his family. To learn more about making your own move stress-free please visit our website at



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