~A Guest Post by Brie Moreau, Writer for CFR Rinkens
Moving is always an ordeal of sorts whether across town or to a different city or country. Sometimes moving across town is actually more time consuming and hectic than moving hundreds or thousands of miles.
I believe it’s because we think it’s going to be easy to pick up and move just a few miles. However, the reality is, the same amount of planning and preparation goes into making a smooth transition across town as it does to change cities, states or shipping household goods internationally.
No matter the distance, these tips will help you save money, save energy and save your sanity in the process of relocating.
Around 4 to 6 weeks prior to moving, start tossing unused or unwanted items. You don’t have to throw good things away since that would be wasteful.
When moving, every box counts so why would you spend hard earned money transferring things you don’t want in the first place?
2. Sell unused items:
Hold a garage sale, or get your unwanted products listed on Craigslist or eBay, its much easier and quicker than you think and you will be rewarded with cash.
Also remember that it takes time for things to sell so plan ahead, that way you don’t have to deal with unsold items on your moving day.
Begin your packing at about the same time you start tossing. There are always certain things we want to take with us but don’t use daily that can be packed ahead of time.
Out of season clothing, books, household decor and such can be packed several weeks in advance. If you wait until the last minute, the job will be overwhelming and carelessly done. That’s when the chances of things getting lost or damaged in transit goes up.
4. How to pack:
There are as many methods of packing as there are people moving but people experienced in relocating have a few secrets. Clean sturdy boxes is a must-have for any move.
For packing breakables, use your out of season clothing and linens also athletic socks protect candlesticks or teacups beautifully. This consolidation will help reduce the number of boxes needed.
Consider renting reusable TygaBoxes as this will reduce your cost by 30% as well as eliminate 100% of moving trash from the local landfill.
5. Hire a van / Removalist:
Making multiple trips with your own car will be more troublesome and less efficient than hiring a van or using a moving company to simply come in, gather up the goods and deliver them in one trip. Not only will you save the back breaking work of doing it yourself, gas use is lower meaning this is beneficial for the environment. Every little bit helps, right?
When you clean your old place for the new tenants or owners, remember to go green. Use environmentally friendly non-toxic and biodegradable cleaners. This is not only good for the environment, it’s especially thoughtful if the new tenants have young children, pets or allergies to certain toxins found in some cleaning products.
7. Buy Used Items:
Check out Freecycle, Craigslist and eBay to get cheap items and even things for free. You will be helping out someone else who is getting rid of their possessions and also helping to reduce consumerism.
8. Setting up house:
Unpacking and setting up starts out fun but often ends up being a chore. Take it easy and do it in small bits each day until complete.
Relax, it will get done. Take the time to sit back, have a drink, enjoy your new home and feel good knowing you have done this in the most efficient and green way possible.
Brie Moreau is a writer who works with CFR Rinkens, a global leader in containerized shipping of used autos, with more than 1500 classic cars and other vehicles transported overseas every month.
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