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|Posted on 29 November, 2017 at 21:50||comments (3)|
Moving is no fun. I’ve heard that a person can truly find out who their real friends are on moving day. For all the excitement that comes with finding and closing on a new house, moving into that house offers the opposite. It is stressful and hard work. It is a time to evaluate your possessions and decide whether or not you even need them. It can also be a good time to weed your possessions and donate to charity.
Packing. Loading. Unpacking. In my moving experience, I’ve tried it both ways: packing and moving everything ourselves and hiring a company to do it all. There are positives and negatives to both. The important thing is to make the right decision for your family’s situation. If you have the time and physical ability to pack and move everything yourself, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. Plus, you can rest assured that things are done the right way. No one is going to take care packing your stuff like you. On the other hand, doing it yourself is a lot of work. If you don’t have physical limitations and can afford it, why not outsource the work to someone else?
The first time we moved across the country, my son was eight weeks old and my daughter was two years old. With an infant and a toddler at home, we could hardly find time to wash our hair. Finding time to pack all of our earthly possessions and then load them onto a moving truck was laughable. Without a moving company, we would not be moving. We also had financial considerations (hello children!) and couldn’t spend an exorbitant amount of money. I soon realized that getting a moving quote wasn’t as easy as clicking some boxes and entering some information online. Before they would give us a quote, the moving companies needed to come out and look at our stuff. We chose the most reasonable quote and signed up. On the scheduled day, they came with boxes and supplies, packed everything up, and loaded the truck. When the stuff arrived at our new house 1,800 miles away, they unloaded it all. We were responsible for unpacking. While unpacking our stuff, we quickly realized that we had paid to move a bunch of unnecessary stuff that I like to call “junk.” If we had taken the time to go through our stuff and donate some of it prior to hiring the moving company, it might have cost us less and we wouldn’t have to deal with unpacking (and donating) all of that stuff while moving in.
Four years later, when we were moving back, we decided to move ourselves. Our kids were older (free labor!) and we had the time and help that we needed to pull it off. This time, we began to weed through our stuff, perhaps a bit too enthusiastically. My husband and I seriously considered selling all of our furniture and just buying new stuff for our new house. There was no guarantee that our “old” stuff would work in our “new” house. I’m glad that we came to our senses and kept some of our stuff because, let’s be honest, who has enough money to re-furnish an entire house? We certainly don’t. And our gold sectional couch fits just perfectly in our new home. To complete this job, we rented a U-Haul, loaded it up, and hit the road. It was a lot more work, but cost us about 35% of what hiring a mover would have cost.
Every time we move, I say that we’re never going to move again. This time I mean it. Unless something too good to pass up hits the market. I do still get those real estate notifications…