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The Hassle of Relocation

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People move everyday due to job relocation, personal reasons, affordability issues, and etc, but it is still a time consuming and costly endeavor. Ideally, you should take a lot of time to really plan everything before you move, but sometimes you will have to move in a relatively short time frame. Here are moving tips to keep in mind when you have relocate.

Get organized:

The first thing you must do is get organized. Go through your entire house and really take time to clean up and remove old things that you have plans to take with you. Having a clean and organized house will make the moving process much easier because you will know exactly what you want to take and there will be nothing in the way when you are ready to move. This might be a good time to donate some stuff to charity or even stage a garage sale.

Make a list:

After you have cleaned and organized the entire house, it is now time to make a list of what you plan on taking with you. This list is important because you may need to provide it to professional movers if you decide to hire them because they will charge by the amount of time it will take them to transport all of the items. The list will help you stay focused and make sure that you will not forget anything important. Moreover, decide if you would like to put some of the items in storage instead of bringing them to your new house.

Get plenty of supplies and tools:

Always get plenty of supplies, tools, and resources for the move. Moving usually requires more supplies than you would think. Before you hire movers or call your friends for help, be sure to buy enough supplies to package everything because movers will charge you extra for these supplies at the last minute. Buy more than enough tape, boxes, box cutters, bags, and markers so that you will not be in a bind later on. Purchase foam peanuts and newspapers that you can use to secure your fragile items like dishes, glasses, and electronics. You may even need to buy a dolly to help you move your stuff around the house as well. Although few people think about this, you may want to keep your personal items fresh buy purchasing a few air fresheners or moth balls to prevent smells or pests from accumulating in boxes.

Rent an affordable truck:

Renting an affordable truck can be tricky, but it can be done if you plan ahead of time. Truck rentals are always in demand at the beginning and end of the month because most people are moving in and out places at those times. If you want to get a really good deal on a truck rental, try to schedule your move in the middle of the month, so you can avoid the rush and high fees.

Get help:

You will have to decide if you have enough money to hire professional movers or if you can get a few friends together to help you move. It is recommended that you always hire professional movers because they are fully licensed and bonded, which means that they have insurance coverage in case something is damaged during the process. If you have your friends help, just realize that they are not professionals and know that there is a chance that they could damage your belongings. Only resort to the help of friends if you have no other options.

Moving is tough, but if you keep these moving tips in mind you should have a much smoother transition.

By Erik Braunitzer, and courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, agents for New York City Rentals.

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