Posted in: Louisville Real Estate, Author: Younger Group (September 16, 2012)
- You always have more possessions then you think you have.
- The amount you own increases with every move, especially if you have bought furniture or have had a child.
- The farther you are from school days, the less likely it is that you can get a crew of friends together to do the heavy lifting.
Reducing Stress On Your Louisville Move
While moving is always a hassle, whether you are relocating to Louisville or moving from within the city, you can reduce your stress (and your friends’ backs) by cleaning out what you don’t need so you have less to move and then calling movers at least for the heavy loads. Here are some tips to make moving smoother:
- When you change homes, you may find that some furniture won’t fit in the new place or you plan to replace it right away. A yard sale may find a new home for that old couch or bedroom set. Organizations such as the Salvation Army or a local women’s shelter may be so glad to have your gently-used discards that they will pick them up. You can have new appliances and furniture delivered to the new home. One tip: Don’t put the new purchases on credit, as additional credit usage may affect your loan.
- As you go through your closets, you may find that some clothes you don’t wear that are also good yard sale or donation items. You may have more closets space at your new home, but you don’t want to overload them. Reduce your clothes to fit the space and maximize it by installing closet organizers as we suggested to our recent blog.
- When making a local move, you may hire movers for the bigger furniture, even if you take clothes and small items to the new location yourself. For moves of any distance, you can also order packing services. This will add to your cost, but will give you protection for damage. If you use professionals, they may not be liable for what you have packed yourself. Your mover offers limited liability on your shipment, but you can purchase more if you want more protection.
- Just make sure to research a few movers in your area for rates and what they include. You can find referrals for good movers through the American Movers and Storage Association’s Mover Referral Service. The movers listed on this site are certified ProMovers who adhere to the group’s ethics. In any case, check out your prospective movers via online reviews.
- You may find that movers are more available (and maybe even cheaper) once the busy summer session has passed, but the beginning and end of the month are always more booked. Move in the middle of the month if you can to assure the movers will be ready when you are.
- Some common household items, such as bleach, paints, gas or oil, open containers of alcohol and other liquids, and more, are not accepted by most moving companies. Make sure to dispose of these items properly if the company won’t include them in the shipment. Exert proper care if you transport them yourself.
- If you use professional packers, make sure to be on hand during the packing process to make sure all items are numbered and recorded. Retain a copy of the inventory in case of any discrepancies. For any items you move, make note of any pre-existing damage. If you notice broken or damaged items during unpacking, you can file a claim with the moving company.
The Payoff for Using Movers
Once everything is in your new home, you will have plenty to do getting unpacked and organized. By hiring movers when relocating to Louisville, you will save energy for what is important – enjoying your new home.