More than 15 percent of the U.S. population moves in a year, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. People move every year for numerous different reasons. For example, to be closer to family, or for a better job, or simply for a better climate. Interestingly however, the majority of people reporting moving for reasons linked to employment. 44 percent of people say that they have relocated due to a job opportunity or transfer. And interestingly, college graduates are more likely to move, and to move longer distances, than those with just a high school diploma. However, moving, particularly cross country moving or long distance moving, can be quite stressful on a family, both emotionally and financially.
If you are planning a move you may want to consider hiring a moving company to help. Particularly if you are planning a cross country move or long distance move, you may want to look into the possibility of long distance movers. However, when hiring a moving company there are several things that you will want to keep in mind. First of all, keep in mind that it tends to be most expensive to move during the warmer months, approximately June through September, a time frame known as “moving season.” Therefore, hiring any kind of moving company during this time frame is likely to be more expensive. Therefore, you may want to consider cross country moving outside of this timeframe if you are looking to cut costs. You can also cut costs by scheduling a move for mid week or mid month, as demand tends to be lower during these times as well.
Pods are also a great option if you are moving on a budget. Moving pods, which you pack yourself, can be a cheaper option instead of a moving company. In the pods moving process you pack the moving pods yourself, which can be a bit labor intensive. However, moving pods are a great way to cut costs and can overall be a great option. Furthermore, pods are an ideal option if you need storage before, during, or after a move, eliminating the need to find and rent a pace in a storage facility.
Lastly, there are several things you will want to keep in mind when moving. Keep track of everything you are moving to ensure that nothing gets lost or stolen. Experts agree that a comprehensive checklist is essential to a successful long distance move. When you use a moving service, pack a “Survival Box” containing the essentials you will need on Day One (coffeemaker, cellphone charger, pillows, change of clothes etc.) and make sure it’s last in, first out of the truck. And never send items of value in the pods or with movers. Always pack these items to travel with you or send them ahead to your destination via an trackable shipping service. Overall, with some careful planning and budgeting, you can successfully tackle a move.