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How to Reduce Stress for Your Long-Distance Move

Moving is inherently stressful, whether you’re moving just a few blocks away or to another city or state. If you’re looking at purchasing one of the Grand Forks homes and are coming from out of state, here are some tips to help ease some of the moving stress.

With any move, you should start the process by thinking carefully about what you’re packing. Don’t just pack everything without thinking about it. Be realistic about what you really want to keep. A move, big or small, is a great time to get rid of things that you don’t really use or like. If an item is just gathering dust or taking up space, consider getting rid of it, whether it’s kitchen tools, clothing, old toys or any other item that is just going to increase your number of boxes. The more things you move, the more you’ll pay and have to unpack at the other end!

As mentioned, the amount of items you move impacts the cost of your move. While there are different estimates available, the preferred option is usually a guaranteed-not-to-exceed estimate. Since you’ll likely not be completely packed before you need to start getting quotes from movers, this is why it is a good idea to get rid of things you don’t need. The mover will give you a quote, and with a not-to-exceed estimate, you won’t pay more than the quote, even if you’re over the weight. If the weight is less, you’ll pay less once the final weight is determined.

Moving is expensive, so be sure to keep track of any expenses and have a clear budget. This is why you should also get multiple quotes from movers – ideally at least three or four – and make sure they are properly licensed and insured. Don’t forget that you should generally tip your movers, as well. For long distance, at minimum $50 per person, or some people do 10-15% of the total move cost. Obviously, their professionalism is a key factor, but keep in mind if there are stairs, a lot of heavy or fragile items, the weather (hot or cold), and the overall experience.

While you can’t always control when you’re moving, there are times of year when it’s more affordable than others. The busiest and most expensive time is in the summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The best times are from October through April. Even if you can’t control the month, try to schedule the move for mid-month, as that can help to reduce your costs, as the start/end of a month is busier. Mid-week, mid-month, from October to April will likely get you the best deal, though the distance you’re moving will inevitably be a factor. This is something to discuss when getting quotes from movers and you should also discuss insurance.

These are a few key points to keep in mind as you start planning your long-distance move to one of the Grand Forks homes. The more information you have that allows you to budget – and stick to that budget – the less stressful your move may be, and you may even save a few dollars in the process.

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