How to prepare for a downsize move.

shutterstock_520750249Downsizing can be a difficult process, no matter what. The following are a few tips that will help you with the downsizing process:

Determine what to downsize

Begin the process by taking inventory of everything you own. Create three categories that include things you must keep, things you can replace and things you can go without. Begin by identifying a list of things you must keep. One way that you can do this is by thinking of the things that you would replace first if your home were to be destroyed in a fire. It should also include irreplaceable items with sentimental value, such as family heirlooms. These are your essentials.

Once you’ve identified your essentials, you should determine what things you can do without. These are the items that you should get rid of first. If you need to downsize further, begin getting rid of the things you can replace – these are items you can always replace in the future.

Figure out what to do with the things you’re downsizing

The last thing you’ll want to do is to throw anything away. Hold a garage sale and try to sell what you can. List items that you can’t sell at your garage sale on Craigslist or eBay. The money you make selling some of your things can go towards your moving expenses. You could also use that money to buy more storage space items – like shelving – for your new home, thereby allowing you to downsize fewer items.

For items that you can’t sell, consider giving them to friends and family if they need any of them. Then donate the rest to charity. Knowing that the things you’ve downsized are going towards a good cause can help lessen the pain of having to get rid of them.

Be prepared to downsize even further

Once you move into your new home, you may find that you have less space than you thought. This means that you may need to downsize further even after you’ve moved in. Don’t get frustrated if this happens. Ask a friend or family member to come over to your new home to help you downsize further. An objective opinion on what you should keep and what you should get rid of will make the process easier.

Stay positive

Think of all of the benefits of downsizing – not only are you getting rid of things that you don’t need, but your cost of living is going to go down as well. Keep a positive attitude and the process of downsizing won’t as stressful.

If you’re moving into a smaller home, then you are going to have to downsize. Keep these tips for downsizing in mind to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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6 Things To Look For In Good Moving Companies

shutterstock_523772047There are a lot of different moving companies out there to choose from. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all moving companies are of the same quality – and you won’t want to entrust your things with a poor quality moving company. To ensure that you hire a reputable moving company, make sure to look for the following six things:

  1. A good reputation – Do a little research to ensure that the moving company you choose is credible. There are a few ways to go about doing this. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints filed against the moving company and whether they have been addressed. Then do a little research online. For example, look at various customer reviews to see what the overall public opinion of the moving company is.
  2. Experience – While a newer moving company may do a good job, it’s less risky to hire a moving company with more experience. Moving companies that provide poor quality services won’t usually last very long, which means the experience is a good indicator of quality. Not to mention that they’ll most likely know what they are doing, which reduces the risk of any damage occurring to your possessions during the move.
  3. A professional attitude and appearance – Details matter – if the company doesn’t put the effort in to appear professional, then there’s no reason to expect them to put any effort into the actual job. You can judge their professionalism by the quality of their website design as well as the quality of their customer service. If it takes them a long time to get back to you after filling out a request online, or if you call and the customer service representative is rude, then they’re not very professional.
  4. A variety of services – Look for moving companies that provide a variety of different moving services. The more moving services they offer, the better equipped they will be to meet your unique moving needs. If you choose a company that charges a flat rate, then you’ll end up paying the same amount to move a small apartment worth of belongings across the block as you would move a house full of possessions across the state, which isn’t exactly a great deal.
  5. Registration and insurance – Never hire a moving company that doesn’t have the proper registration and insurance. Not only is this an indicator that they may not be trustworthy, but it means that you probably won’t be compensated if any of your things are lost or damaged. Make sure to ask for proof of registration and insurance.
  6. A written estimate – A reputable moving company will provide you with an accurate estimate of how much your move will cost. Ask for the estimate in writing so that they can’t go back on it.

These are six things that you should look for when comparing various moving companies. Doing so will ensure that you will find a reputable moving company that you can trust.