Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Moving house is stressful as well as expensive. Set a budget limit for yourself so that it won’t create a burden on your pocket. You might be changing your area, downsizing or up sizing your home, or you might be buying or leasing your own apartment. Each of these reasons for moving has its own expenses. No matter how excited you are, the anxiety of moving house remains on your nerves. It is a big job to transfer all of your stuff safely from one place to another. No matter if you are making your move locally or cross country, the stress remains the same. The job is not only to transport your stuff, but to transport it with safety and within budget.Even if the process of moving house is being performed at the lowest budget possible, it isn’t cheap. This is because you can decrease the services to some extent, but you obviously cannot compromise with the quality. In the case of quality compromise, you may end up with damaged goods or bad service. There are some costs that you cannot overlook including transportation costs, moving company fees, taxes and other legal charges. Obviously, you need to hire a truck and men to get your stuff safely loaded and then safely unloaded at the destination. You also have to pay for the fuel and packing supplies that you will need. If you are going to perform all of these jobs by yourself then it will get really hectic for you. Always remember, the more hecticthe more stressful. You cannot avoid these costs but there are ways that can help you in lowering your costs without degrading the quality of services.
First of all, you must have a detailed look at all of your belongings and then think carefully if you need all of this stuff. Always remember, the more stuff you have, the more packing boxes you will need and, in the end, the more space will be required in the truck. As a result, you will have to hire a big truck, you will need more men, and the costs for moving will also be more expensive. The moving companies usually charge for the volume of stuff on the truck, but at Moving Made Smooth we charge by the number of men and the hours. The lesson is the same though, the more stuff you own, the longer it will take our men to load and unload your truck. All these services need you to pay some charges and you can reduce these charges only by reducing the amount of stuff that you have.
Always hire the truck by checking the size of it. Sometimes, the trucks are small and they need to make two trips for transferring your stuff. In this case, obviously you have to pay for two trips and more fuel will also be consumed. It is better to hire a truck according to the volume of your stuff. It will cost you normal. If you are hiring a professional moving company then you can also discuss this issue with them. They can help you find the right sized truck for your belongings.If you are making a move in your own area, then it would not be a bad option to move on your own. You can do it slowly by transferring the stuff room by room making several trips. It will be hectic for you, but it will save money.
Finally, try to get some packing materials for free or check out the low rates on the Moving Supplies page of this website.
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Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Moving is a challenging task that only gets tougher if you have pets that will have to move with you. If you think that you are the only one that will be stressed during the move, you are wrong. Pets, especially dogs, can easily read your mood and what you are feeling, which can transfer all of the stress on them.
It is important to keep calm and plan everything in advance. You have likely read a good deal of information on how to organize a move and how to hire a moving company. You know that the most important thing is to give yourself enough time to execute the move and never leave anything for the last day. Well, this advice is even more important when it comes to moving with your furry friends. There are 3 stages of the process that you should familiarize yourself with in order to have a successful and less stressful move.
1) Before the move – take your time to visit the new place a few times with your furry friend. This is especially true if you have a dog. This will introduce them to the new environment that they will soon be in. That way when the relocation is done, your pet will at least have an idea of the new place. Acquire a collar tag with enough information about your new address and contacts. You should do this to be safe in case your pet escapes during your move. If you are going to move your pet in a carrier, make sure you introduce them to the item first. Pets will feel really anxious about going in a carrier at first, so you will have to gradually work towards the goal of making them feel comfortable inside one. Put their food bowl near the carrier, and move it closer and closer every day till you can finally place it inside. This will make your pet feel secure inside the carriage and not stress around it. Also introduce the pet to moving boxes, as soon enough your home will be occupied by them. Every strange object, especially in large quantities, will stress your pet, so bring a few boxes home long before you call the movers.
2) On the day of the move – your pet will likely get uncomfortable with unfamiliar people constantly walking in and out of your home to load the boxes on the moving van. For this reason on moving day you should keep your pet in one of the rooms so that they avoid all of the hustle. Make sure you visit regularly to keep them calm. Pay attention to your pet and it will feel secure and less anxious.
3) After the move – your pet will likely be stressed from the new environment and from spending time on the road on the way to your new home. For this reason keep your pet indoors the first few days. Removals do not end with reaching your new destination. You will still have to unpack and organize your new home. Pets may find it difficult to fit in while all of this is going on, so make sure at least their routine is back as soon as possible – feeding and play time, anything you used to do in your old home with your pet.If you truly love your furry friend, you should make sure you consider all of this in order to experience a move free of stress.
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Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Moving and the Elderly Part 2: Lifting Heavy Items
Once everyone has agreed that your senior family member is moving, it is important to make decisions about how you are going to move their belongings. Below are some tips if you are a die-hard DIY aficionado or if you just want to have their house staged for the movers. They may even want to do some of the work themselves, but be sure to check with their doctor to see if they can take the strain. No one wants to have their back thrown out!
Giving them the help they need to prepare for move day
An elderly family member may need a significant amount of help to make the transition to a new home. Be sure to plan to take some time off to help them. They may need help to pack up all of their belongings, as some seniors have restrictions on the amount of weight they should carry. In this case, let them pack small items and reserve the larger, heavy items for yourself.
Many people like to stage their house prior to move day. This means taking all of the items from the upper and basement floors of the house and moving them to the main floor or into a single room. This is usually done to save on the cost of movers, as this cuts down the time that they will spend maneuvering around in staircases or corners and walking up and down stairs. Some people just move all the boxes and leave the large furniture where it is and others move everything. This is up to you. You can stage the home a little or a lot and anything helps.
Also consider how heavy you are packing the boxes. If your elderly family member will be lifting the box you are packing later, you may want to consider filling it less. The excess space can be filled in with crushed packing paper to prevent shifting. You can also moderate the weight by filling the box with fewer heavy items and bigger lighter objects. For example, pack a heavy antique table lamp with some big, light pillows.
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