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Planning House Move how to make it stressless

#1 User is offline   Lovely 

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:21 AM

Hey everybody, Im planning to move in a new apartment. Please share tips on how to hire a mover (or move yourself), pack belongings properly, and move your home with relative ease.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:24 AM

Of course, there is more than one way to move. Depending on the size of your home, the distance of the move, your budget, and the amount of time you have to get yourself situated, you might choose to rent a truck and move yourself, hire a mover to do the job, or use a “you pack; we drive” service. Here’s the lowdown on each option.

Are you comfortable driving a big truck on busy highways and narrow streets? Do you live in a fairly small home and have a few strong, very good friends you can recruit to help you? If so, moving yourself might be a good option, and an economical one, since you’re not paying a mover to load, drive, and unload your stuff. It’s also the option that gives you the most control.

Just be aware of hidden costs, such as insurance for the rental truck (your auto policy probably doesn’t cover this, and neither will the credit card you rent the truck with), gas, and the rental or purchase of special equipment you’ll need, like dollies and quilted furniture covers.

U-Haul and Budget are the biggest and best-known truck-rental firms. Both have different-size trucks for long-distance and local moves. Their largest trucks (26 feet for U-Haul, 24 feet for Budget) are big enough to move six to eight furnished rooms (including up to four bedrooms). Be careful not to underestimate all that you have to move, though. Extra trips might require more money―for the truck rental, mileage, and gas (and refreshments for your friends).

To check rates, reserve equipment, and find rental locations near you, go to uhaul.com or budgettruck.com. You might get better rates if you rent your truck midweek and midmonth and reserve it as far in advance as possible (as soon as you have an exact date for your move).
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:29 AM

Almost forgot! When planning your move, don’t forget the packing supplies. You can expect to spend around $250 or more on what’s needed to move the belongings of a couple or a small family. And keep in mind, it’s always better to get too many materials than too few. You don’t need last-minute box-gathering trips adding to the stress of your move. Here’s a list of what to have on hand:

  • Regular boxes.
  • Specialized boxes. (For dishes and other fragile or heavy items, make sure to use “dish barrels,” which cost between $5 and $7 and are made of double-walled cardboard)
  • Tape and tape guns.
  • Packing paper.
  • Bubble wrap(It is expensive compared with packing paper but comes in handy to protect artwork framed behind glass and extremely fragile china and glassware, which should be wrapped in bubble wrap and then in packing paper)
  • Box cutters
  • Permanent markers(Get thick ones to mark your boxes for easy identification. Label boxes on the sides, not the tops, which may be covered by other boxes)
  • Mattress bags and furniture pads
  • Dollies and hand carts(If you’re moving yourself, your back will thank you for using wheels to move heavy loads. Dollies and hand carts can be rented for about $10 a day wherever you get your truck)


Good Luck!
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 03:09 PM

moving is always both an exhausting and very fascinating process, exhausting, as you try not to forget anything, and fascinating one, because new place brings new emotions and feelings! recently i've moved too, at first it was quite hard to get used to this new apartment, but then everything fell into place!
so, Lovely, good luck to you ;)
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 06:22 AM

I can see nothing exciting about moving into a new apartment, it's always so tiring... :huh:
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