Managing Paying and Packing for Your Move: Expectations vs. Reality--Part 2

packing for your move

Now that you've tidied your complete home and have only the items you for sure need to move with you to Atlanta, you can progress to the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Atlanta.


If you've got the money for it and have tried to do a complete job of purging, employing movers is something to seriously consider. But if you are similar to most mortals and are following a bit of a budget and struggling with sorting through everything to move, packing yourself might be a possible option. Professional packers will pack everything—they're not there to clean or to judge, packers go in and get the job completed. If something is in their range of vision, it gets wrapped and put in a box. However, if you plan to pack yourself, get your moving supplies together – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and begin packing as you purge.

This is a method that functions well for quite a few people, as you can knock two tasks at a time by putting the stuff you're moving in a box and be done with it, and concurrently you're throwing things out and creating your donate/sell piles. If you start well ahead of moving day and dedicate a couple of hours every day for organizing and packing, you should make enough progress that you are able to manage the last few days without an anxiety attack.

Begin with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that's where many folks amass the things they do not even know that they have. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you have got more time to sort thought things--let it be known that old hockey sticks and baseball bats only get boxed up if the owner is present to justify why they need to move. Apportion a space in the garage for donations; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donated items and if it's all in one spot that makes the pickup much easier.

If you're completely overwhelmed at the idea of going through everything in your home, ponder employing an estate liquidation company. They'll come in, help you purge, and then, they can sell furniture, appliances, toys, and other stuff, too. Belongings that don’t make the sale cut are donated or thrown away. If you're packing for your move yourself, there are companies you can employ that will come and haul away your trash for a flat fee, or by the truckload, if you've got a bunch of stuff.


Paying for moving is one item that most people don't take into consideration in the costs of the new home, although it might be as costly as your closing costs. Unless you have got a relocation package, you need to know what costs you are going to take on with a move.

Call and talk with several movers to get an idea of what you will be looking at for a full-service move versus one where you pack yourself and have the trucks come load, drive, and unload, and compare that to what it would be to fully do it yourself and just rent a truck. If you opt to do your own packing, check out the cost of supplies--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets for starters. When you're adding everything up, don't forget the time it will require to do your own boxing and loading, and the equipment and knowledge you will need for hefty or awkward furniture. If you have antiques, a piano, or a large safe, can you move them without issue--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you dent an antique clock? Movers are more expensive, but they're insured, have the proper equipment and expertise, and are less likely to slip a disc than you.

Moving to a new house and creating a new life is appealing and can be an awesome experience for your whole family. Managing the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by bringing with you only the items you actually use and love – allowing time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will go a long way towards making those high expectations a reality.