According to researchers, moving is one of the most stressful life events a person can put themselves through. Stress increases your body’s cortisol production, a key ingredient in the fight or flight mechanism. Along with the uncertainty of such a life change comes the added expense of a move. Not only transportation, the expense of purchasing a new home, closing costs, fees, taxes, and the financial challenges associated with buying/selling a new home, but also the other expenses you might not have noticed when you first considered taking that next step in property ownership. Below we’ve created a checklist to help you on your way!
To hire or not to hire?
When you move, how are you going to get all of your stuff to the new location? If the last time you moved was in college or just after you were married, chances are you might have been dealing with a mattress, a TV, a second-hand futon, some chairs, and a table.
By the time they are ready to move, most adults have spent years building a life, which means years of accumulated stuff.
- Beds, bedding, linens, clothing.
- Kitchen appliances
- Pots and pans
- China and flatware
- plates, dishes, mugs, cups and glasses.
Many of these things are going to require special attention. Fragile items will have to be boxed with packing paper or bubble wrap. You will be surprised just how many boxes it will take to pack something like a cupboard full of dishes or a bookcase full of books. Those boxes are also expensive, unless you can acquire boxes from another source such as a local grocer or liquor store. Even still, are you willing to trust your grandmother’s porcelain figurine collection to a box like that? What about jewelry? Valuables? Firearms? Ammunition? How can these be transported safely and legally?
Depending on your budget and the amount of household items you need to move, you might consider hiring a mover. Services can include actually packing up all of your items into boxes and transporting them to the new location, or simply handling the boxes you have packed yourself. Obviously, the more the movers have to handle your items, the more it is going to cost you. A benefit of this is to free up time and allow a professional to efficiently and effectively move your home, yet a drawback of this is these are not things that hold any particular sentimental value for the movers. Items can and will get broken, so you need to find a mover that has a reputation for being careful with fragile items in a move.
Be sure to check whether or not your mover is insured against lost or damaged items during their service. A benefit of this is you can recoup the cost of replacing damaged property, whereas you couldn’t expect the same just asking friends or family to help you in a move. Also, odds are you could potentially injure yourself lifting something heavy or awkward. You might be better off trusting someone whose profession is just that. They will know the safest and quickest way to move your belongings.
When you owned your home, you might have overlooked certain things. A broken doorlatch, a crack in window, a hole in a baseboard. When you move, you should intend to leave a place better than you found it. New occupants might even be able to insist that you make these repairs before they take possession. Minor details and repairs can add up quickly, not only from hiring others to do the work, but also from materials and the time you have to invest if you are doing the repairs yourself.
When you come to your new home, you might find yourself in a similar situation, fixing problems, painting, repairing water damage you might not have noticed before. The move itself can also leave you with new costly repairs. A headboard might have caught a wall as it was being moved through a hallway, a couch might have been concealing a hole in the carpet you hadn’t known about, or you might have found your child’s pudding collection from when they were ten, and now they are in college.
Cleaning, repairs, and replacements can become as expensive as they are tedious.
And what about all that extra stuff? You will need time and a place to put all of it while you are moving if there are delays in switching homes or you are downsizing. Contact us to consider a storage unit for either short or long-term use to take some of the burden off your move!
A house isn’t just books and beds and furniture. You also have items in your garage to consider:
- gardening equipment
- deep freezers
- holiday decorations
- Unopened boxes from your last move (Pro tip! Throw them out!)
- Building materials
- Weight and exercise equipment
- Automotive parts
- Hand tools
- Power tools
- Woodworking equipment
- Spare parts for home and auto
- Pet supplies
When you move, you are going to produce an overabundance of garbage. Aside from the broken down doghouse you won’t be taking with you, there’s also:
- Garden fencing
- Leaves and branches you have trimmed
- Lawn clippings
- Compost pile materials that have not broken down
- Fertilizer (which may even be considered a hazardous material)
- That barbecue grill you have been meaning to replace or the pieces of that birdhouse you never got around to hanging up again.
With household trash you’ll find:
- Furnace filters.
- Empty cleaner bottles.
- Papers, documents (some of which should be shredded if they can’t be recycled)
- Bills and receipts
- broken toys, dishes, appliances
- Worn and out of date clothing (which can be donated or recycled)
- Scraps, odds and ends, and the mountain of stuff that has accumulated in that kitchen junk drawer for the last 10 years.
- Consider which food from your pantry to take and which to pitch.
Moving should be the first step on your next adventure. Not an experience that experts keep telling you will shorten your life. Your moving checklist needs to include everything that is important to you. Whatever you choose to bring is following you into the next part of your life, and everything you throw away or leave behind will no longer be your problem.