Managing Paying and Packing for Your Move: Expectations vs. Reality--Part 2

packing for your move

Now that you have gone through your complete house and have only the things you actually want to take with you to Wichita Falls, you are ready for the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Wichita Falls.
 

Pack

If you have got the finances for it and have made an attempt to do a complete job of purging, engaging professional movers is a great option. But if you are similar to some people and are on a bit of a budget and struggling with sorting through everything to box, doing it yourself can be a sensible option. Professional packers will pack all of your things—they're not there to clean or to judge, packers go in and get the task done. If something is in their range of vision, it will get wrapped and put in a box. However, if you plan to pack yourself, get your moving supplies together – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and begin packing as you purge.

This is a method that functions well for most folks, as you can knock two tasks at a time by putting the items you are taking with you in a box and be done with it, and simultaneously you're throwing things out and making your donate/sell piles. If you begin well ahead of moving day and allot a couple of hours every day for purging and boxing, you should make enough progress that you are able to manage the last few days without a complete breakdown.

Begin with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that is where most folks amass the stuff they do not even remember that they have. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you have got all hands on-deck--let it be known that old frisbees and car parts only get packed if the owner is present to plead for their survival. Assign a space in the garage for things you are going to donate; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your giveaways and if it's all in one area that is an easy win.

If you're absolutely stressed out at the thought of sorting through everything in your residence, ponder employing an estate liquidation company. They will come in, help you purge, and then, they can sell furniture, appliances, toys, whatever you want them to. Belongings that don’t make the sale cut are donated or pitched. If you're packing for your move yourself, there are companies you can hire that will come to your residence and haul away your trash for a charge, or by the truckload, if you've got tons of stuff.

Pay

Paying for moving is one item that most folks don't factor into the costs of the new home, although it could be as costly as your closing costs. Unless you've got an employer who is coordinating your move for you, you should be aware what costs you're going to take on with a move.

Talk to several moving companies to get an estimate of what you'll pay for a full-service move versus one where you pack yourself and have the trucks come load, drive, and unload, and weigh that to what it would be to completely do it yourself and just rent a truck. If you decide to do your own packing, factor in the price of materials--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets among other things. When you're calculating the cost, don't forget the time it will require to do your own packing and loading, and the equipment and knowledge you will require for hefty or bulky furniture. If you have antiques, a pool table, or a large safe, can you maneuver them without incident--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you drop an antique clock? Movers are more expensive, but they are insured, have the proper equipment and expertise, and are less likely to run into the wall while maneuvering the couch out the door than you.

Moving to a new residence and creating a new life is exciting,exhilarating and can be an awesome experience for your whole family. Watching the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by bringing with you only the things you really use and love – allotting time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will help make those high expectations a reality.