There just isn’t any other way to put it…..MOVING STINKS! Whether you just graduated from college or have long since left the Greek life, I can say with almost certainty that you have had the pleasure of moving from one place to another.
Now maybe you were one of the lucky few that had parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and other relatives to help you through the horrible process. Or maybe you had the pleasure of making the 200 trips up and down the 3 flights of stairs with that coffee table on your back. Either way, I bet you are starting to have terror flashbacks as you read.
But does it have to be this way? Well in short, my answer is “YES”.
However, it does depend on the move. You might be thinking that all moves are made equal, but I would have to disagree. Moving out of a dorm room is drastically different from getting your stuff out of a 1500 sq ft house.
And yes, if you have the luxury of being able to afford a moving company to do all of it for you, the more power to you, but most people do not have this type of cash. So since I have had to move once or twice while being in the military, I want to share with you a few tips to help you through this potentially stressful process.
Tip #1: Get the help of family and friends
Especially during undergrad, I had the unfortunate burden of owning a truck. I say unfortunate because whenever anyone needed to move, you almost always heard the words “Can I borrow your truck?” If you own a truck, you know exactly what I am talking about here. Yet, if you need to move out of one place and into another, you need to be that annoying friend or family member asking that same question.
There is a caveat though. Make sure you hook up the person who is lending you their truck or actually physically helping you move. Fill their gas tank up before returning their truck, buy them a pizza pie and a 12pk of beer, take them out lunch, etc. Basically, just do a little something to say “Thanks for all your hard work and help.”
Tip #2: Compare prices
If you are going to be doing some hefty moving, you may need to rent a moving truck. I am sure you have heard of names such as UHaul and Penske. There may be some other small town places where you live as well. No matter what’s available, you need to get online and do some comparison shopping. Look at what you will need and then check out at least 3 other rental companies that have the same truck, van, or trailer.
Then, go to one that you like and see if they will match their competition. Odds are that they will. Also, if you are a member of certain organizations, such as AAA, you can usually get a discount.
Tip #3: Hire Movers
I am not saying that you should hire a moving company to do your whole move. I am just talking about the movers themselves. If you can’t get any family or friends to help or you just don’t want to bother them in the first place, then consider calling a few places to see how much it is to hire the movers themselves.
From my experience, it is usually not much more than $200-300 for a 4hr time span (and this might be on the high side). They are professional and can usually pack up your truck WAY better than you can. For instance, I know that UHaul offers this service, and my friends that have used it say that it is simply amazing.
Again, there is no good way to put it…..moving sucks! But, hopefully these tips might help lessen the burden.
Alright guys, I need to get back to moving myself, but if you have any tips or personal stories, either good or bad, let us all know by writing a quick comment.
Until next time…..
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