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

packing for your move

Now that you've gone through your entire house and have only the stuff you actually want to take with you to Little Rock, comes the fun step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Little Rock.


If you've got the money for it and have really done a thorough job of purging, engaging movers is not a bad way to go. But if you're similar to most people and are following a bit of a budget and struggling with sorting through everything to box, packing yourself can be a practical option. Professional packers will pack all of your things—they are not there to go through your thinks or to judge, packers go in and get the job done. If something is in view, it will get wrapped and placed in a box. However, if you foresee packing yourself, get your moving supplies together – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and start boxing as you purge.

This is an approach that works well for a lot of people, as you can multitask by putting the things you're moving in a box and be done with it, and simultaneously you're tossing things out and making your donate/sell piles. If you start well ahead of moving day and dedicate about two hours every day for decluttering and boxing, you should chip away enough that you are able to manage the last few days without a complete breakdown.

Commence with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that's where most folks store the items they do not even know that they own. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you've got the rest of the family to lend a hand--let it be known that old hockey sticks and baseball bats only get packed if the owner is there to justify why they need to move. Devote a corner of the garage for donations; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donations and if it is all in one area that is an easy win.

If you are completely anxiety-ridden at the thought of sorting through everything in your home, think about employing an estate liquidation company. They will come in, help you sort, and then, they can sell furniture, appliances, toys, you name it. Items that don’t make the sale cut are donated or pitched. If you are packing for your move yourself, there are companies you can employ that will come and haul away your junk for a flat fee, or by the truckload, if you've got a lot of stuff.


Paying for moving is something that some people forget to factor into the costs of the new residence, although it might be as costly as your closing costs. Unless you have got an employer who is coordinating your move for you, you must know what costs you are going to face with a move.

Talk to several professional movers to get an estimate of what you will pay for a full-service move versus one where you pack yourself and have the trucks come load, drive, and unload, and weigh that to what it would cost to totally do it yourself and just rent a moving truck. If you opt to do your own packing, factor in the price of materials--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets for starters. When you're calculating the cost, do not forget the time it will require to do your own packing and loading, and the equipment and knowledge you will need for heavy or bulky furniture. If you have antiques, a pool table, or a large safe, can you move them without incident--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you drop an antique clock? Movers are more expensive, but they're insured, have the proper equipment and knowledge, and are less likely to slip a disc than you.

Moving to a new home and creating a new life is exciting,exhilarating and can be an awesome experience for your whole family. Paying attention to the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by moving only the stuff you really use and love – setting aside time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will help make those high expectations a reality.