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How to Plan a Residential Move for a Large House

How to Plan a Residential Move for a Large House

Overwhelming as it may seem, moving from a large home doesn’t need to be quite as daunting as you might expect. With some forward-thinking and a plan, your move can be so much less stressful than it need be. Following these necessary steps will assist you with your moving preparation and give you an idea of where you need to begin.

One Room At a Time

This residential moving company recommends breaking down the big mouthful of the moving process into smaller bites. Choose one room in your home where you would like to begin. Bring four containers (boxes, bags, or totes) with you into the room of your choice, and label each container as follows:

  • Trash
  • Sell
  • Donate
  • Keep

Once you have done this, it’s decision-making time. Sort every belonging in that particular room into the boxes (you may need more containers, depending on the volume of your belongings).

Of course, the more items that you are willing to let go of will lessen the amount of packing that you will need to do later. Allow yourself 1-2 days per room of your house to accomplish this task. Doing so will alleviate the pressure of trying to make quick decisions that you may regret in the future. Label the larger items such as furniture and appliances that will not fit into the containers with one of the above categories. You may put the things away that you will be keeping if you aren’t moving immediately, and store your “donate” and “sell” items until you have completed this process in every room of your home. Properly dispose of the trash.

Donate and Sell

Now that you’ve sorted every room’s contents, it is time to dispose of the remainder of your unwanted items. Donate items to the charity of your choice and sell the rest. For items that you wish to sell, consider whether you want to have a moving sale, place ads, or list items on an online selling site. Any items that do not sell, you can donate as well.

Time To Pack

Since you finished the sorting and your unwanted items are history, you may commence with packing your remaining belongings. Again, take this portion of the moving process one room at a time, allotting yourself plenty of time for each area. Label each container with the contents, and the room from which it came, so that unpacking in your next home will be much simpler. For each bedroom container, label the person’s name who occupies the space. For multiple guest rooms, consider assigning a number to the label “guest room” to keep items separated in the event you are moving to another home that will also have multiple guest rooms.

Following these guidelines will take much of the stress out of your moving experience. The sooner you start, the easier the transition will be for you and your family. Good luck and happy moving!

What You Need To Know About the Cost of Hiring Moving Services

What You Need To Know About the Cost of Hiring Moving Services

Previous relocation experience matters when you are moving to a new home. Packing your belongings is the cheapest option. However, you need to assess your unique situation. Inexperienced movers can damage your specialty items if they are not handled properly. A professional moving company can help you with packing, labeling, and moving your belongings. Several things are factored into the price of relocation services.

  • First, you need to consider the average hourly rate. Most local moving companies in Jacksonville or Miami charge by the hour. The fees usually start at $90 per hour. The rate can be higher if moving professionals have to move specialty items.
  • Next, consider the size of your home. If you are leaving a studio apartment, your relocation quote might be less than $200. The fee for a large apartment might be more than $400. Your quote can be $900 if the job requires four professional movers. Accordingly, there will be an additional service charge if you need assistance packing your belongings. The extra service fee may add $35 per hour to your final bill.
  • If you are planning a cross-country move, expect to pay at least $0.70 for every pound of your belongings moved. Most professional moving companies charge a fee for every 1000 miles. The approximate fee does not include additional moving services.
  • Your moving contract should include basic insurance coverage for your belongings. The basic coverage may not be enough for specialty items. Your belongings may weigh more than the average estimation. For example, your belongings may weigh more than 8,000 pounds if you are leaving a large home. Your belongings will be weighed on a certified scale.

Professional Moving Companies and Average Fees

A highly rated moving company may visit your home before giving you a finalized quote. Moving fees are calculated by weight or cubic foot. For a cross-country move, moving fees for a studio apartment are usually less than $1,500. If you are leaving a large home, the fee can be more than $3,000.

Avoid Popular Moving Days

Your moving date will affect your relocation budget. You will save money when you make your reservation several weeks before you need a moving truck. Moving is more expensive in the summer. Weekends are usually the busiest days for moving companies.

Bonus Tip

If you decide to tip the movers, find out if your belongings are being moved by one crew. You can tip the movers when they arrive at your destination if the moving company is using one crew. It is ideal to tip at both homes if the company is using two moving crews. A $10 tip is appropriate for light moves, and a $20 tip is good for cross-country moves. If the relocation takes more than one day to complete, a $40 tip is appropriate.

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