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 things you really want to relocate with you to Denver, you can progress to the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Denver.


If you have got the finances for it and have made an attempt to do a super job of purging, hiring professionals is not a bad way to go. But if you are similar to most mortals and are on a bit of a budget and fighting with getting organized with everything to move, packing yourself might be a viable choice. Professional packers will box up all of your things—they're not there to organize your stuff or to judge, packers go in and get the job accomplished. If something is in view, it will get wrapped and put in a box. However, if you plan to pack yourself, get your moving supplies ready – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and commence packing as you purge.

This is a strategy that functions well for most people, as you can multitask by putting the stuff you're moving in a box and be done with it, at the same time you are tossing things out and creating your donate/sell piles. If you begin well ahead of moving day and allot a couple of hours every day for decluttering and boxing, you should make enough progress that you are able to manage the last few days without an anxiety attack.

Start with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that's where most people collect the stuff 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 frisbees and tubs of mystery cables only get saved if the owner is present to plead for their survival. Apportion a space in the garage for things you are going to donate; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donated items and if it is all in one area that helps the pick up to go quickly.

If you are utterly stressed out at the thought of sorting through everything in your home, ponder appointing an estate liquidation company. They'll come in, help you organize, and then, they can auction furniture, appliances, toys, you name it. Items that don’t make the sale cut are donated or trashed. If you are packing for your move yourself, there are companies that will come and haul away your junk for a fee, or by the truckload, if you've got a bunch of stuff.


Paying for move is one item that most people forget to account for in the expense of the new house, although it might be as costly as your closing costs. Unless you've got a relocation package, you must be aware what costs you're going to face with a move.

Have a discussion with several movers to get an estimate of what you'll be looking at 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 be to totally do it yourself and just rent a moving van. If you choose to do your own packing, include the cost of supplies--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets among other things. When you are calculating the cost, do not forget the time it will take to do your own packing and loading, and the equipment and knowledge you'll require for heavy or bulky furniture. If you have antiques, a grandfather clock, or a large safe, can you move them safely--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you break an antique clock? Movers are more costly, but they're insured, have the proper equipment and knowledge, and are less likely to slip a disc than you.

Moving to a new house and creating a new life is exciting,exhilarating and can be a good experience for your whole family. Watching the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by moving only the items you really use and love – allowing time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will assist in making those high expectations a reality.