There are a lot of financial concerns when moving house, from fees and paperwork to mortgages and utility bills. However, many people overlook the costs of moving day itself. This short article aims to explain three practical items and services you may have forgotten to add to your budget.
Think About Who Will Move Your Stuff
If you're not moving a great distance or if you're moving from one furnished house to another, you may be able to move in your own car or with help from family and friends. However, if you have a lot of possessions or furniture, you would benefit from some help from a removal company. They will be able to load up their van with all your stuff, take the heavy lifting away from you and help you get everything into your new home, saving you a lot of stress. PrimeLocation explains that when choosing a removal company, you should get a variety of quotes to get the best deal — as well as finding out exactly what you get for your money.
Consider Packing Materials
If you want all your belongings to survive the move, you should spend a little money on good packaging supplies. Make sure that everything is properly wrapped up and that fragile items are marked as such for your movers. The Spruce has some good advice on wrapping delicate items such as glasses and decanters, explaining that wrapping it in bubble wrap and cardboard gives extra protection. Additionally, there are many companies that can provide advice and materials on how to wrap and pack your precious possessions. Save yourself some time unpacking by writing a list of contents on each box, as well as which room that box belongs to.
Decide How To Store Your Possessions
People are sometimes able to move all their possessions out of the old house and into the new in a matter of hours, but this is not always the case. Perhaps there's a gap between moving out and moving in, or perhaps you're downsizing but want to keep some large items for later. In these situations, you might want to consider putting your stuff in a self-storage facility. Spend some time looking at reviews and getting quotes for facilities in your area — Lifehacker has some advice for anyone looking for self-storage, such as actually going to view units and finding out about the rules and regulations.
Moving can be stressful and expensive, but it's sure to be worth it in the long run. By adding these three items to your overall budget before you move, you will be able to save yourself time and stress when it comes to moving day.