Friday, December 16, 2011

Make Your Move Less Stressful

Moving can be less stressful if you plan it right, according to author Gregory Karp.

Choose your type of move: either do-it-yourself, full service or hybrid (the mover may drop off a container, you load and unload, and they transport).

Hire a quality mover. Ask for recommendations. Check out yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and

Declutter. Take photos of things that are hard to part with and then get rid of them. Sell, donate, recycle, throw out.

Be flexible for times. Summer weekends around the 15th and 30th are the most expensive.

Find boxes. Buy used boxes or look for the best prices.

Save on packing materials by using towels, linens and newspaper.

Ship books by mail at the postal media rate.

See if you can consolidate your goods with someone else who is moving to the same vicinity.

Get full replacement insurance from other than your moving company.

See if your moving expense can be tax-deductible or reimbursable.

Tip your movers at $3-5/hour.

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