When you are young and heading off to college, everything you own can fit in a suitcase and in the back seat of your car. As you grow older, however, you accumulate more and more stuff and moving it from place to place grows more difficult. It may be time to break down and hire a moving company to help you this time around.
1. You Have Small Kids or Pets
Packing boxes and carrying heavy furniture is hard enough without having to worry about small children and pets getting underfoot. If you can't drop them off at Grandma's house, hiring a moving company to do the dirty work is your best option for everyone's safety and peace of mind.
2. You Are Moving Across the Country
A cross-country move is nothing to sneeze at. If you thought moving to the next town over was hard, try moving 2,800 miles from coast to coast. Depending on your itinerary, it could take over 40 hours or more of driving an unwieldy moving truck. Plus, you still need to get your car over to your new state, too. Save yourself the headache and let the movers do the dirty work. You can drive your car and scratch seeing the World's Largest Ball of Twine off your bucket list.
3. You Own Many Heavy Pieces of Furniture
As you age, it not only becomes harder and harder to lift heavy furniture but also takes longer to recover from the effort. Moving without professional help is a young person's game. Save your back and let the professionals do the heavy lifting — literally.
4. You Are Consolidating Two Houses Into One
Whether you are downsizing or combining two households into one, consolidating all everything you own can be difficult. Rather than stress over all the details, hire a professional moving company and simply supervise the work. You can get a better handle on what is going and what is staying when you are able to watch everything versus working in the trenches with everyone else.
5. You Own Many Fragile, Valuable Items
If you own several valuable or fragile pieces of furniture and artwork, now is not the time to enlist your friends for help. In the old days, a keg of beer would have gotten the job done, but this time around getting the job done well is even more important.
6. You Are Pressed for Time in a Normal Week
Life can be overwhelming. Everyone is busy with just the mundane, day-to-day details of work and life. When you add the time-consuming activity of packing up and moving an entire household, it is nearly an impossible task to get done.
Having a helping hand (or several) that is experienced makes all the difference in a successful move.
My mother turned into a bit of a hoarder when all of us kids moved out. It has been ten years since any of us lived with her and in that time, she managed to fill three bedrooms with all sorts of things that she really didn't need. All of that stuff was keeping her from being able to house my brothers when they came into town, so I offered to help her get organized. The first thing I did was found a storage unit nearby to rent. On this blog you will find tips for using a storage unit to organize a hoarded household.