There are numerous reasons why people might choose to move, but surveys show that about 46% move for work, 18% for pleasure, and 36% for retirement.
When I moved from my apartment in Northwest DC a few months ago, I felt confident that I had planned the move down to a T. I’d read Yelp reviews, reserved incredible movers, packed boxes, organized items, and scrubbed the new place until it shined. But when the day came, there were a number of factors I was unprepared to face. It was an icy February day, which was great for reserving the best moving company in the city, but not so great for being outside half the day. Based on my most recent moving experience, I created a list of lessons learned so I can avoid mistakes in the future. Check out the moving advice below!
Choose a quiet month.
If possible, opt to move during the winter months. Not only will real estate be less pricey (apartment prices tend to increase in the summer) but the move itself will likely cost less. The best professional movers tend to book up fast. My Guys Moving, a moving and relocation services company in northern VA, says that the most popular month for moves is August, and the least busy is February. I would suggest avoiding the coldest winter days, but end of March seems like a fairly safe bet in DC.
It may not be ideal for your work schedule, but opting to move in the middle of the week can mean less hassle and stress. Because 30% of Americans want to move on Friday or Saturday afternoons, it can be difficult to reserve in-demand movers. You may also find yourself fighting weekend traffic or dealing with closed hardware stores. If you’re able to take a day off to fit in the move, it’s often faster for the movers to do their job which means you save money overall.
Sell non-sentimental items ahead of time.
As we live in our homes, we accumulate a lot of stuff. Over the years it really adds up. Consider selling those belongings that aren’t particularly meaningful ahead of your move. Post ads on Craigslist to relieve yourself of heavy furniture and try ebay for clothes and shoes that no longer fit. If you take the time to sell these items ahead of time, you’ll find that there’s less to transport during the move and you can use the money you make to partially finance the move itself.
This is something I really wish I’d considered ahead of my move. I realized, once in my new apartment, that there simply wasn’t room for some of the furniture from my old place. Luckily, I was able to store some of it for a few weeks and slowly sell things over Craigslist; however, it would have saved me time and money if I’d done this upfront.
I learned a lot from my move, but these three tips could help anyone. Whether you’re downsizing, moving for work, or simply ready for something new, these moving tips can help make the process easier and more cost efficient.