Are you part of the more than 15 percent of the population that will move in the United States this year? Did you know that if you are a college graduate you will move more often and farther than people who only have a high school diploma? If you are among those that are planning to undertake the great American tradition of lighting out for the territories, check out these tips to make your move easier, less stressful, and possibly cheaper.
1. If you decide to hire long distance movers, make sure that you do your research first. Do not just hire the first company that comes up in a Google search, try to find the company in your area with the best ratings since you will be trusting them with your most prized possessions.
2. The most crucial step to a successful long distance move is to declutter your house long before you actually start packing to move. By getting rid of unnecessary items, like extra furniture, duplicate appliances, clothing that never gets worn, or toys that your kids no longer play with, you are downsizing your extra belongings so that you do not move more than you have to. This is important even if you are planning on hiring long distance movers or renting pods.
3. In spite of the fact that only 34 million people decided to move to a new location between the years of 2007 and 2008, the number of people moving has gone up in the past five years as the economy slowly makes it way back up and more people are able to afford relocation.