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Save Money and Minimize Problems When Moving

by Marta Brown 07/07/2019

Perhaps the ultimate test of your planning and organizational skills is moving to a new house. If you fail to plan ahead and make the necessary preparations, moving can be a stressful and frustrating experience.

On the other hand, if you approach it in a methodical, goal-oriented way, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how smooth the process will unfold.

That's not to say that there won't be a few bumps along the way, but staying focused on the details can help ensure that the experience won't feel like a roller coaster ride!

Depending on how many weeks you have before your actual move, you'll probably want to get rid of stuff you don't need, want, or have room for. Planning a garage sale and a donation truck pickup are often among the first orders of business for families on the move. If a lot of your excess belongings are of questionable value (to anyone), you may want to call a junk removal service. For some people, renting a dumpster is a convenient and affordable way to have household junk hauled away.

Since one person's junk is another man's treasure, you can also get rid of things you don't want by posting them on social networking and classified websites. If the items you want to pass along are even marginally useful, the word "free" will almost always generate a few emails and phone calls from interested people looking to save or make money.

It also helps to have plenty of packing supplies on hand. That would include an ample supply of cardboard boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, and cheap packing material. Although you may be able to get your moving company to "throw in" some wardrobe boxes and other containers into the price of their service, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper are often free for the asking -- especially from friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers, and sometimes retail stores.

One word of caution when it comes to cardboard boxes: Flimsy containers often have a way of tearing and falling apart at the most inopportune times! Another mistake people make is filling large boxes with too many heavy items. Not only are heavy boxes difficult to move, but it also increases the probability of dropping them or having the boxes tear while you're carrying them.

If you're hiring a professional moving company to transport your belongings to a new home, it usually pays to get two or three quotes. As is the case with other services and contractors, you can often save headaches and hundreds of dollars by comparing prices, terms, incentives, and online reviews.

Probably one of the most important methods of making sure things get done in a timely way is writing out your own detailed to-do list and revising it on a regular basis. Unless you commit goals, priorities, and tasks to paper (or a computer file), there's a good chance it will be forgotten about or left to the last minute.

About the Author
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Marta Brown


Meet Marta Brown: Your Metro Atlanta Real Estate Professional

A current real estate investor, property manager, current business owner of Blue Peach Realty, LLC and former owner of other successful small businesses, I specialize in the purchase and sale of single-family homes in the Metro Atlanta area.  I work with individuals and families as well as real estate investors.  Prior to real estate, I worked for Fortune 500 companies in marketing, product management, sales and general management. 

 

Why I’m Different

Leveraging my experiences as a successful small business owner, I am known for excellent client service, problem-solving issues on both sides of the transaction, and attention to detail and as a skilled negotiator with my client’s best interest at heart.  I am dedicated to keeping my client informed along every step of the process of buying or selling a home while providing top-notch counsel and market insight.  I am honest with my clients, sometimes telling them things they might not want to hear but things that are in their best interest.  I am very knowledgeable about the real estate industry, have a lot of energy and work very hard to give my clients the best possible real estate experience.

 

In My Free Time

I love to paint using watercolors, primarily, reading, walking and writing in my spare time.  I spend as much time as I can with my siblings and nieces and nephews and live in Grayson with the love of my life, my husband, Raymond Brown, a real estate investor and licensed attorney.