Moving on a Budget

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Moving on a Budget

 

The time has come to make a move and you don’t have the luxury of hiring a Professional Moving Organizer to help you sort, purge and donate.  Nor do you have the funds to hire a national moving company who can just pack it up and take it away to your newer, smaller home. Yet, you have a home full of "stuff". Regardless of how our “stuff” came to us, you are now at the point that you need to deal with it.

moving a boxThe question then becomes, “How do I tackle this overwhelming moving project on a budget?”

Step 1:  You are going to need help if you don’t have family members near by, enlist your friends and neighbors.  Start in the garage and work your way inside. Or, start in the basement and work your way up. Or, start in the attic and work your way down.  Wherever you start, throw out obvious trash first… like empty boxes (be sure to recycle!), anything ripped, torn or missing pieces.

Step 2: Have three empty moving boxes that are medium sized (do NOT put books in this size box – the box will be too heavy to lift) and mark them as follows:  Donate; Keep, Give back to original owner

Now, methodically go through the room from left to right and make a decision on each item. The goal is to have 3x or 4x as many boxes to Donate as you have to keep.  If you have furniture, get some different colored post-its, decide on a color for donations and mark them appropriately.

Do this for each room in your home. If you have books, pack them in small book boxes. For items you are keeping, pack them as you go from room to room. Be sure to keep heavy things on the bottom of a box, lighter and more delicate items on the top of a box.

And, don't forget to use plenty of cushioning material (couch pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, unprinted newspaper etc.) to minimize breakage.

Step 3: Call your local waste management company to haul away all the trash.  If they don’t provide this service in your community, do a search on the internet for a local hauler, or call 1-800-gotjunk.

Step 4: Call the Charity of your choice and have them come by and pick up your donations.  You may have to call two or three different charities to finish this step.

Step 5: Call 2-3 local moving companies to get a quote to move what you have left. TIP – don’t call the moving companies until you have removed the trash & donations as you won’t get the best price. Movers know that most people say they are going to get rid of more than they actually do, so the mover will add 20-30% more to their price.  However, if you have already removed the donations and trash, the mover will have a more accurate picture of what needs to be moved.

Of course, if you do have the luxury of hiring a Professional Moving Organizer, PHA would be glad to be of help!

A special thanks to Carol Ann Palmieri of Al and Cal Realty Group for suggesting this topic to me!!

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Tanja Cisliek
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Peggy, this is a great post about moving, not only on a tight budget. I love the tip about getting quotes after you've purged, that movers don't overestimate the items to be moved. SUGGESTED, because this post shared good practical tips that can  help anybody needing to move, with or without the help of professional movers!

Jul 21, 2012 10:22 AM #1
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Li Read
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Excellent points, here...especially the purging one, & benefitting a charity.

Jul 21, 2012 10:46 AM #2
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Peggy Hughes
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Tanja... thank you for hitting the star!  I'll be doing some more posts in the next few weeks to give folks an idea of exactly how to dispose of some of their unusual stuff and hope you'll stop by again!

Jul 21, 2012 10:59 AM #3
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Peggy Hughes
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Hi Li... it's a universal dilemma.  We all accumulate "stuff" that needs to be disposed of before a move. Thanks for visiting.

Jul 21, 2012 11:01 AM #4
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Barbara Todaro
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Hi Peggy..... good information.... sounds so simple, but what a huge project!!

Jul 21, 2012 11:09 AM #5
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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The three box or three bag idea is such a good tip. Even if you only doing a drawer. One to throw away, one to give away and one to keep.

Margaret

Jul 21, 2012 05:59 PM #6
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Lottie Kendall
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Peggy, this is a GREAT article. I'm suggesting it, and re-blogging, too. Nice to see you back here--you always share interesting, useful tips.

Jul 21, 2012 08:27 PM #7
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Peggy Hughes
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Barbara... yes, something so simple can entail several steps.

Margaret... exactly. No matter what you're organizing, you need to have an idea of where things are going to end up.

Jul 21, 2012 08:59 PM #8
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Peggy Hughes
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Lottie... thanks for hitting the star and the re-blog. I also appreciate that you think my posts provide useful information... always a complement.

Jul 21, 2012 09:07 PM #9
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Great tips for moving on a budget Peggy..............love the three box idea too.

Jul 22, 2012 03:54 AM #10
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Peggy Hughes
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Good morning Roger... (well it's almost afternoon where you are!).. packing while you're sorting help you feel like you really made a dent in the overall project.  At least for the room you're working in :)

Jul 22, 2012 09:06 AM #11
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
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Hi Peggy.   Thank you!  I need to save this and add it to my package for those that feel so overwhelmed by the process.   Great info!    

Jul 23, 2012 05:42 AM #12
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Peggy Hughes
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Carol Ann... again I want to thank you for suggesting the topic!!

Jul 23, 2012 10:18 AM #13
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
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Hi Peg.   You are welcome.  Put this up on my FB page and it got re-posted a few times.    Looks like info people need and want!   Thanks!!!

Jul 23, 2012 06:56 PM #14
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Peggy Hughes
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Wow, that's awesome......... you're the best!!!

Jul 25, 2012 12:12 PM #15
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Peggy, great tips, the only thing I might add is to be ruthless when your choosing to get rid of stuff. LOL.

Jul 28, 2012 10:50 AM #16
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Peggy Hughes
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Adrian... you're so right.  People need to purge, purge and then purge some more!

Jul 30, 2012 08:28 AM #17
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