Most important tip — START EARLY! Everyone has more “stuff” than they think and people typically don’t give themselves enough time to pack it all up. Boxing up old books, out-of-season clothes, old mementos when you first are putting your home on the market will pay off two fold; first, it will help declutter your space and second, it will save you time as you prepare to move.
One report stated that it takes 4-5 hours to pack up a dorm room. That should give you an idea of the time it will take to pack up your entire house! Create a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed. Delegate duties to other household members and create inventory lists – what is going to the new home and what is being discarded/donated. Track your progress against your calendar and revise your plan if you start to fall behind.
An important first step is to choose a moving option: do-it-yourself, full service or a hybrid of the two. Sometimes hiring out is closer to doing it yourself by the time you get through adding up your time and the cost of feeding your friends!
With full-service moves, local moves are usually charged by the hour where out of state moves are charged by weight and mileage. Increasing in popularity is the hybrid – companies will drop off a large container at your home for you to pack and then take it to the next location for you to unpack. These types of companies frequently offer temporary storage options as well which is helpful when you are trying to “declutter” your home for showings.
When going through Nothnagle Home Services for your moving needs, you can be assured that all of our moving/storage service partners are insured and screened for quality.
One report stated that it takes 4-5 hours to pack up a dorm room. That should give you an idea of the time it will take to pack up your entire house! Create a calendar