Once upon a time as a teenager leaving the familial nest; moving myself was easy, as I didn’t own very much to begin with. The longer you live the more you accumulate and if one doesn’t purge on a regular basis you end up with a lot of stuff. Recently, I helped my brother sell his home, pack up his belongings and get rid of a bunch of junk. I learned a valuable lesson, albeit a little late in life, I think.
Why? – less stress, less physical pain after heavy lifting, less bickering and less time wasted sorting and throwing things out. The movers will ensure the boxes are uniform, strong and packed properly in the truck or pod or container and that nothing will shift during transport to your new home or storage facility.
Let’s deal with the first thing hiring movers relieves – stress! You merely pick up the phone and book a date for an estimate which you get in writing and on that day, you greet them with a cup of coffee and supervise the packing of your valuables. Piece of cake! In the above case, we shopped around for a mover and decided to get a container which we would pack at our leisure and when done simply call them and have them pick it up and take it to a storage place to await shipment. Problem is – you don’t know when they are going to deliver that container so you have to be there till they bring it and when they do you then have to learn the complex system of opening the back doors so you can start putting your things into it. Therein lies a second dilemma, how to pack those different size boxes you got from the liquor store or grocery store, taping and labelling them and stacking them tightly so they don’t shift. It was about this point that I thought to myself – why the hell didn’t you just hire somebody to do all this.
Which brings me to my second point of relief – less physical pain after heavy lifting. After you have moved things from the attic to the main floor and brought up heavy boxes from the basement a few times, your back and legs are screaming at you – “hell, no” and this is repeated over several hours and several days and all the while you are up and down stairs and beginning to take several extended breathers in between loads to catch your breath and give your knees a rest. With movers, you simply ask them if they’d like a water or pop while sitting in a rocker on your porch overseeing the proceedings.
To all those who have siblings you will certainly relate to the bickering part from how to lift and carry an item down a tricky set of stairs to how that truck or container should be packed and don’t put that there or throw that out I’m keeping it running dialogue you will have.
Lastly, the time factor. Most movers will have your house packed up and gone within four to six hours because they bring lots of big strong men to do it. We, on the other hand took 7 days to sort through, pack and stack everything. That was after having the Junk Guys come in with their truck and taking away all the junk – from useless paper to old computers, receivers, broken furniture, mattresses, etc. Three big truckloads later you would think you wouldn’t have that much to actually take with you but you’d be sadly mistaken, my friend. Box after box of VHS tapes and DVDs were packed away and taken to storage. Again, I thought – why bother, you can see most of these movies, musicals, concerts, etc on Netflix or other streaming computer sites but what do I know.
I do know I am glad that is over and I will never, ever move myself or anyone again!
That’s what you call your famous last words………………….