Almost 90 years ago, millions of Okies had begun migrating from Oklahoma and elsewhere towards the west for farm work and greener pastures than the dust bowls they had so often left behind. In 2022, millions of Americans are once again on the move. Hundreds of thousands have fled California and New York in 2020-2021 alone for states like Florida and Texas, often for work but also for various reasons such as rising crime rates, lower taxes, housing, or for family reasons.
If you’re among the crowd that’s moving out of state, you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you and it’s never a good idea just to wing it when it comes to moving. Here are a few tips to make your move less of a hassle and more enjoyable, as it hopefully should be:
Sort It, Pack It, Load It
One of the most important parts of moving out of state is to sort and pack all of your belongings for the move, but you’ve also got to consider all of the things you want or need to leave behind. Any extra weight on your vehicle or in a moving truck will cost more in gasoline, so don’t bring any dead weight and get rid of all of your unwanted junk before moving out.
Sorting and packing your belongings can be easy if you’re a minimalist, but for most of us, it’s gonna take at least a day or longer to get the job done. It’s helpful to have a system that makes the task a lot more easy and more straightforward. Try going through the house, room by room, and categorizing all of your belongings as either ‘keep,’ ‘toss,’ or ‘maybe.’ Then get to work packing everything in the ‘keep’ category. Use boxes, packing tape, and markers to identify the contents of all of your boxes. Leave all of the ‘maybe’ items alone and go through them one by one and decide whether it’s better to keep or toss each item.
Do a Full Property Cleanout
Stuffed attics, garages, and basements do need to be cleaned out, no matter whether you’re renting your current property or own it and need to put it up for sale. If you’re surprised at how much junk you’ve accumulated every time you hold a garage sale, imagine how much has been cluttering up your home over the years! When you’re moving out of state, you’ll need to do a full property cleanout either to get your damage deposit back from the landlord or to make the house presentably clean before a new buyer walks in the front door.
Depending on how much junk you have and what type of junk it is, the job can take a lot longer than you may have anticipated. Fortunately, many junk removal businesses provide partial and full property cleanout services, so all you’ve got to do is point out the junk and they haul it away for disposal. There are many companies that provide junk removal, but if you’re looking for a genuine local junk hauler near you, JunkGator can help you find one in your city or county that offers great services at competitive prices.
Toss Away any Unwanted Junk
Whether you’re gonna deal with the ‘toss’ pile yourself or you’ve hired a junk hauler to do the job for you can make a big difference on your moving experience. A lot of unwanted junk you may have in your home cannot be left at the curbside with your ordinary trash and garbage – the city’s sanitation department won’t touch it. This means that you’ll have to sort out all of your junk yourself and dispose of it at the dump, recycling center, or donate it. All of this takes a lot of time and effort, all while you should be planning your move. For these reasons, a junk hauler is your best bet for saving time and headaches from having to get rid of all of your unwanted junk yourself.
Make Your Move
With all of your personal belongings packed and ready to go, all of your unwanted junk hauled off and out of sight and out of mind, it’s time to put rubber to the road and make the move to your destination state.
This article is provided by Al Lijee who is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of JunkGator, an online platform that connects Americans with independent, local junk haulers all across the United States.