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

packing for your move

Now that you have gone through your whole abode and have only the items you for sure want to move with you to San Antonio, you can progress to the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in San Antonio.


If you've got the money for it and have really done a comprehensive job of purging, engaging professionals is something to seriously consider. But if you are similar to most folks and are following a bit of a budget and struggling with corralling everything to box, packing yourself could be a practical option. Professional packers will pack everything in sight—they're not there to organize your stuff or to judge, packers go in and get the job finished. If something is in view, it gets wrapped and put in a box. However, if you foresee packing yourself, get your moving supplies together – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and begin packing as you purge.

This is an approach that works well for quite a few people, as you can knock two tasks at a time by putting the stuff you're moving in a box and be done with it, and concurrently you are throwing things out and making your donate/sell piles. If you start 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 fairly stress-free.

Begin with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that's where most people collect the things they don't even know that they have. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you have got all hands on-deck--let it be known that old basketballs and car parts only get packed if the owner is present to justify why they need to move. 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's all in one area that helps the pick up to go quickly.

If you're absolutely stressed out at the notion 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, whatever you want them to. Belongings 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 to your residence and haul away your trash for a fee, or by the truckload, if you have got tons of stuff.


Paying for moving is one item that a few people don't factor into the costs of the new home, although it might be as costly as your closing costs. Unless you've got a relocation package, you should be aware what costs you are going to incur with a move.

Call and talk with several moving companies to get an idea 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 compare that to what it would cost to fully 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 for starters. When you are adding everything up, don't forget the time it will take to do your own boxing and loading, and the equipment and expertise you'll need for big or bulky furniture. If you have antiques, a piano, or a large swing set, can you maneuver them without incident--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you dent an antique clock? Movers are more costly, but they are insured, have the proper equipment and knowledge, and are less likely to fall down the stairs while carrying something heavy than you.

Moving to a new home and creating a new life is exciting,exhilarating and can be an awesome experience for your entire family. Watching the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by bringing with you 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 great expectations a reality.