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Moving To Create Memories

A few months ago, I started thinking about different ways to improve my family's experience. I wanted to expose them to new cultures and new ideas, so I started talking with my employer about opportunities abroad. I was able to find a few different places that offered great jobs within my company, so I took a position and told my family we were moving. They were really amazing to work with, and before we knew it, we were packing to move. This blog is all about creating memories while moving, and the benefits of relocation. Check out this website for more information.

Moving To Create Memories

Your New Home in the Same County: Is Moving a Short Distance Easy?

Harper Flores

If it ever feels like moving to a new home can feel like a vast odyssey, that's because it sometimes is. However, not for most people. When moving to a new home, the majority of Americans will be moving within the same county. Statistically, you're more likely to move across town than to the other side of the country (or even to the other side of the state). Are local moves easier than moving long-distance?

Plan Ahead

A short move can be easier than moving a vast distance, but whether this turns out to be true is largely up to you. Some factors might be out of your hands, but it pays to plan ahead to avoid these complications. Try to set the settlement date in your new home's contract of sale to allow a buffer period for vacating your current home—a period when you have both sets of keys. The same applies to rental properties, and you should aim to have access to your new home before the end of your lease on your current home. But why are these extra days helpful? So you can get an early start—schlepping your possessions to your new home as soon as you have access. 

Pack Non-Essentials First

When planning your packing, go through each room and identify anything non-essential. Clothes, ornaments, books, cookware—these are all items that won't be missed if you don't have them for a few days. Nonperishable items (such as clothing) won't even need to be packed all that carefully, and you can just bundle them into the car to drive them to their new closet. It's a matter of multiple small jobs that make the overall large job far smoother.

The Larger Things

Some possessions should undeniably be left as part of the larger job. Large, heavy, and generally cumbersome items should still be moved by professionals. This not only spares your arms and legs but ensures that the items are moved safely, minimizing the risk of accidental damage. This risk arguably increases with DIY moving. Yes, you should still hire a moving company. You can often save money by hiring a residential local moving company.

Don't be lulled into thinking that moving a short distance will be without effort. You still need to put the effort in, but you can be far more strategic about it. By the time your moving company pulls up, you might have already done much of the work, leaving the heavy stuff to the professionals.