Not every move crosses state lines or time zones. Many are short-distance relocations, where people ZIP codes change but the city doesn’t. These types of moves could include college students who are upgrading from stuffy dorms to spacious apartments, or young couples or families who are pursuing their American dreams by becoming homeowners. Whatever the motivations behind your local move, check out these short haul moving tips from UF Mover Guys to achieve a low-cost, drama-free, yet fun moving experience.
Take Your Time
Even though moving can be stressful, this is only a possibility and not a foregone conclusion. One of the chief inducements to stress is time pressure: what happens if you don’t have those boxes packed, loaded, and shipped on time? Is your move ruined? While tardiness might disrupt a long distance move — for example, by causing you to have to reschedule the movers or rearrange your travel plans — the penalties aren’t as stiff during local moves.
Since you’re moving locally, you have something most people only dream about having: ready access to your next home or apartment. Whereas cross-country moves have to be completed in one fell swoop, your relocation can be accomplished in multiple stages across several days.
Once you have the new keys, head over to the place to measure the rooms. If you’ll have less space, plan on downsizing before changing addresses. You should also start bringing over items as soon as can. Your personal transportation should work for carrying smaller items. Although, when it comes to the big stuff, you’ll probably need a truck.
Many of the moving companies in Gainesville rent only medium- and large-size trucks, which cost the same amount of money no matter if you’re moving one piece of furniture or a household’s worth. But UF Mover Guys rents all sizes of trucks, including small ones, for DIY moves, or we’ll load up and transport everything for you. Smaller vehicles aren’t just cheaper on fuel (especially if you’re making several trips in town), but they’re also better on the environment.
Borrow, Don’t Buy
It’s hard to move without moving supplies. Penny-pinchers aim to save money on moves by using materials they own, such as plastic bins instead of boxes, or towels in place of packing peanuts. But the issue many run into is not having enough of these materials to finish the job. The fact that you’re sticking around town means you can borrow supplies — including bins, bags, and even large equipment like dollies — from people you know, and return them after your move. And if those friends move, you can reciprocate by lending them supplies.
Move Non-Essentials First
If you’re moving over several days, you’d be wise to hold off packing your most essential items — bed, TV, microwave, shower curtain — until you’re ready to move into the new home. This way, your current place is still livable as you transition out of it. Alternatively, if you plan to extend the move long enough to spend significant amounts of time at both locations, then you’ll want to divide essentials between both addresses as best you can.
Remember to have the utilities turned on at the new address and cancel them at your current location. To save money, you should wait to do this until you’re ready to move in, but schedule the installations ahead of time, so you know the technicians will be available when you need them. Many service providers of Internet, cable, and electricity offer either complimentary moving services or charge a modest relocation fee.
Moving is an opportune time to downsize by getting rid of any unnecessary property, like old clothes, outdated electronics, and extra toys, games, and more. What’s nice about moving locally is that, if you have items for sale, you don’t have to relist them after you move. Even if they don’t sell, you can merely leave the ads online and wait for offers. If space is a concern, you can either donate the goods to charity or store them in a climate-controlled unit.
Manage Your Expectations
It’s true that short distance moves are easier, in many respects, than long distance moves. But when you get down to it, both involve the same amount of work — minus travel time.
If you don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to pull off a moving job, even locally, don’t sweat it — just look to UF Mover Guys. Our short haul movers use the right tools and vehicles to relocate your items efficiently and for the lowest available cost — did we mention we charge no travel or fuel fees for local moves in Gainesville? Request a free moving quote today!