This is a guest post by Nancy Evans, a freelance writer who enjoys writing about families and frugality.
Moving is a huge deal no matter if it is across town or across the country. Whatever move you are making, there are a few ways to keep your items safe and secure while getting everything where it needs to go. There are lots of wonderful ways to move your items both large and small. Moving trucks, companies, friends and neighbors are all great assets to have when it comes to moving.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind on your next move:
Every home has some sort of fragile items. They could be dishes from the kitchen or knick-knacks from your grandmother. Either way you must be careful in how you pack, label and handle these items. First wrap them very well in either bubble wrap or newspapers. This will protect your items from crashing against each other when they are in the boxes. When you are packing these items be sure they are not too crowded in the boxes. Label them with FRAGILE tags so that anyone who handles them will know to handle with care.
Moving your bigger items takes some thought and care as well. When you are moving a boat or an extra car you need to schedule this with someone else. This will generally take two people to move. Schedule with a friend or family member to be able to take you back and forth to your new home. Getting the help of a friend can make this easier. If you are moving a motorcycle you can also rent a trailer. This is true if you are moving an extra vehicle farther than across town. You can rent trailers that actually hook up to a big moving truck. This may be one of the times you need to hire a moving company. They can assist with long distance moves and help you get your items there safe, sound and secure.
Saving money might be easier than you think when moving. Try to consolidate as many trips as possible when moving. This will help you save on gas and transportation costs. It may be wise to rent a moving truck to minimize the amount of trips you have to make while moving from place to place. Talk with your local grocery stores to inquire about boxes. They typically give them away and this can save you the money on buying packing boxes. Your movers will also provide these as well.
These are all great tips and ideas to keep in mind when moving. You can move across your city, state or even across the country and do it safely and without breaking the bank. Take stock of what you are moving, how far you are moving and what needs to go with you. This will help you know when a company can help you and when it is okay to do it alone. Whether with your friends or if you have someone do it for you, moving doesn't have to be the huge hassle it once was.
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