How to Downsize for a Move

Are you planning to move? If so, you may be considering what to do with all your stuff. If you’re looking to streamline your home and save some money on the move, downsizing can be a great option to help you accomplish that goal.

Here are several tips for downsizing for a move:

1. Weeding Out What You Don’t Need

If this is your first time moving, it may be stressful to think about parting with items that you’ve had for a long time. However, even if you have sentimental attachments to all of your belongings or can’t part with some things because they’re “priceless,” know there are alternatives for dealing with these issues.

A trusted friend or relative may be willing to take some of your belongings off your hands, or you may consider donating to a charity. If those options don’t work for you, consider renting a storage unit and keeping the items there until you find someone who wants them or needs them.

2. Pack Your Belongings into Storage Containers

Before calling a moving company, consider this other way of downsizing for a move; you can pack up your things into storage containers. If you’re moving to a smaller home, using storage containers can help you avoid purchasing new furniture and other items that weren’t in the original plan. These items are often expensive, so packing them for transport is a flexible solution that allows you to save money on the move.

3. Be Mindful of Your Belongings’ Sizes and Weights

Before packing your things into storage containers, make sure that they will fit. Most companies don’t allow items larger than four feet long in their containers because they may not fit onto a truck or in the storage unit. Containers are usually measured in feet, so ensure you know how long your items will be before putting them into boxes.  

You may also want to consider the weight of your belongings when choosing containers. Generally, each container can carry up to two tons of weight, so if you’re packing heavy items like books or appliances, consider splitting those items up into multiple smaller boxes. Remember to also ask the movers about the weight limits for each box or container and what you can do if your items exceed those limits.

4. Get a Quote from a Moving Company

After deciding which belongings you want to take with you and which ones need to stay behind, it’s time to find a mover. If you’re not used to hiring movers, getting a quote from these companies can be confusing and complicated.

To simplify the process, ask for quotes for all of your belongings in one box or container at a time instead of getting cargo and full-load quotes. A general rule is that cargo quotes are for smaller items while full-load ones are for large, heavy items.

Final Thoughts

Downsizing is a great way to prepare for a move, but it can also help you be more selective about the things you bring into your new home. It’sessential to remove as much as possible so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and others. Once everything is gone, plan out how to store what you’re taking with you so that you can furnish your new home.