Are you planning to relocate soon? Purging your possessions before loading a semi-truck and moving is something you should be doing. Moving and relocating is something that the average American will have to deal with at some point in their lives – therefore it's likely that we'll all have to deal with it in the future. It's also not something we do enough of to be considered "excellent" at it - or at the very least acclimated to it.
Even though we could go on and on about moving advice, we have one that is quite straightforward to share with you – and it has everything to do with dumpsters.
If you're contemplating a relocation, you've undoubtedly already realized that moving is a costly endeavor! Moving out of your house, packing up your belongings, and finding a new place to live comes with a slew of expenses. The moving truck or firm you hire will be one of the most expensive expenses you will incur. As the cost of fuel and labor continues to grow, the expense of relocating will only get more expensive. Fortunately, there are several straightforward things you may take to reduce your expenses. The most significant is as follows:
Reduce the amount of goods you move.
In addition to relocating approximately seven times, the average American owns a substantial amount of property. Bikes, souvenirs, a kayak, two computers, a plethora of clothing, and the list goes on and on.... Many of us also hold on to a lot of things, which is a good thing... Until we're forced to pay for every square foot of space in a massive moving truck.
When it comes to moving, many people make the mistake of failing to (or completely ignoring) the process of purging. As the author of this essay, I can attest to the fact that I neglected to complete this stage prior to my cross-country relocation — mostly due to a lack of available time. But I was the one who had to pay for it. I relocated a large amount of useless items (including a broken bumper to a vehicle I no longer owned) because it was sitting in a storage unit, and I instructed my movers to load everything into the vehicle. This would have been an excellent opportunity to go through my belongings and get rid of everything I didn't need (or that could be readily replaced), as well as to save money on moving expenses. If I had to do it all over again, I would follow the steps outlined below:
Each room of my house would get more and more attention as the date for starting to pack things drew closer. I would sift through all of my belongings and make some difficult decisions about what I wanted to keep and what I didn't need any longer. I'd start putting things in piles to be thrown away or given to charity. I would get rid of any outfit that I didn't really adore in order to reduce the amount of clothing I had. I'd get rid of tools, buckets, damaged items, projects I knew I wouldn't be able to complete, and as much additional clutter as I could find a home for.
Then I'd go ahead and rent a dumpster. I'd put everything in it if I could. I'd walk back through my house and relive the experience all over again. Then, whether I was packing the moving truck or assisting the movers, I would continue to throw things away. Once again, we're paying for space, so I'd throw as much as I could into the truck to keep it from filling up with unnecessary items. The fact that you have fewer stuff means that you have less stuff to unload and put away in your new home, which is another practical consideration.
With the knowledge that each item tossed would save me money and time, I would make a commitment to filling my rented trash with as much as possible. This is a really simple step that we just do not take, despite the fact that we should.
Rental dumpsters are ideal for this task since you can leave them in your driveway or on the street while you load them up as you go, saving time and money. In the midst of relocating, did you accidentally break a chair or something else? It's time to toss it. Have you come across a box of old papers that you no longer require? Don't try to move it. Toss it in the trash. The list might go on forever.
A dumpster rental gives flexibility, plenty of space, and may make difficult tasks like this much easier. Additionally, it will save you money because you will not be required to pay for the relocation of a large amount of additional belongings.
Are you preparing to relocate and require a dumpster? Give us a call and we'll get something started right away!