Planning a Move this Summer?
Itís no secret that the summer months are the most popular months for families to move. It doesnít matter if families moving across town, across the state or across the country; the summertime is generally the preferred time to move. This is especially true for families with young children still at home. Why? A summer move allows kids to finish out the school year and tell say their good-byes to friends. Additionally, this is generally the best season in real estate as more homes go up for sale, giving families more homes to choose from when they begin the relocating process.
You may be one of the thousands of families who are planning a move over the course of the summer. If so, the following tips may be helpful to you.
1. Start Packing A.S.A.P. Ė Summer is literally right around the corner, and even if you donít have a set date for moving yet, go ahead and start packing. Pack up all of the items that you know you wonít need before the move. Fine china, winter clothes, prom dresses, books, movies, various kitchen appliances, outgrown formal clothing, etc. are all good examples of items most families seldom use and can therefore be packed up early.
2. Sort Items as You Pack Ė One of the most frustrating things about moving is the unpacking process. Most of us are guilty of getting fed up and just tossing odds and ends in a box (or more) and calling it good just so we can get on the road. While it helps you get packed quicker, it makes unpacking that much more frustrating. This is why you should start packing as soon as possible. As you begin packing, sort items in three piles: Keep/Make the Move, Trash and Garage Sale/Donate. If you have time before you move, hold a garage sale and make a little extra cash on some of the things you donít mind parting with. What doesnít sell, donate it to a local community outreach program.
3. Professional Movers vs. DIY Options Ė Depending on how far you and your family are moving, you may not need to hire a professional moving company to move your things. Instead, you can save money by borrowing a trailer from a friend. Even if you donít have access to a trailer of some kind, you will still save a substantial amount of money by renting a U-Haul (or other moving truck) for a few days then you will with professional movers. However, if you do need to hire a professional moving company, make sure you do your research and check references of each company as well as the record listed with the Better Business Bureau.