Managing Paying and Packing for Your Move: Expectations vs. Reality--Part 202/23/2018Now that you've gone through your complete house and have only the things you actually need to move with you to Tulsa, you can progress to the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Tulsa. Pack If you have got the budget for it and have made an attempt to do a super job of purging, employing professional movers is something to seriously consider. But if you're like most mortals and are on a bit of a budget and fighting with sorting through everything to pack, packing yourself might be a sensible option. Professional packers will pack everything—they're not there to go through your thinks or to judge, packers go in and get the job completed. If something is in their field of vision, it will get wrapped and placed in a box. However, if you foresee packing yourself, get your moving supplies ready – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and start boxing as you purge. This is a method that works well for quite a few people, as you can go ahead and put the items you're keeping in one box and be done with it, at the same time you're tossing things out and creating your donate/sell piles. If you start well ahead of moving day and dedicate about two hours every day for organizing and packing, you should progress enough that you are able to manage the last few days without an anxiety attack. Start with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that's where many folks accumulate the items they don't even remember that they have. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you've got more time to sort thought things--let it be known that old basketballs and tubs of mystery cables only get saved if the owner is there to justify why they need to move. Assign a corner of the garage for things you are going to donate; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donations and if it is all in one area that helps the pick up to go quickly. If you are completely stressed out at the notion of sorting through everything in your residence, consider employing an estate liquidation company. They'll come in, help you organize, and then, they can sell furniture, appliances, toys, whatever you want them to. Things that don’t make the sale cut are donated or thrown away. If you are packing for your move yourself, there are companies you can hire that will come and haul away your junk for a flat fee, or by the truckload, if you've got tons of stuff. Pay Paying for moving is something that some people don't factor into the expense of the new house, although it can be as expensive as your closing costs. Unless you have got an employer who is coordinating your move for you, you should be aware what costs you're going to incur with a move. Have a discussion with several professional 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 contrast that to what it would be to totally do it yourself and just rent a moving truck. If you opt to do your own packing, check out the cost of supplies--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets among other things. When you're adding everything up, do not forget the time it will take to do your own packing and loading, and the equipment and expertise you'll require for heavy or bulky furniture. If you have antiques, a grandfather clock, or a large safe, can you move them without incident--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you break an antique clock? Movers are more expensive, but they are insured, have the proper equipment and knowledge, and are less likely to run into the wall while maneuvering the couch out the door than you. Moving to a new house and creating a new life is appealing and can be an awesome experience for your entire family. Paying attention to the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by moving only the stuff you actually use and love – allowing time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will assist in making those high expectations a reality.