Member Insights by E.E. Ward
It took a while, but summer weather is finally here, and that means National Moving Month and summer moving season are near.
National estimates suggest 14% of the population will move. That’s more than 40 million people. Much of that relocation happens between May and September.
For those looking to buy, sell or move, here are four trends for 2018 to make the process easier.
Electronic Logging Devices
To improve safety on the roads, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) are now on all commercial moving vehicles. Instead of using old paper logs, the ELD track how long drivers are on the road, ensuring drivers take proper rest breaks.
This eliminates any ability for a driver to stay on the road longer than expected to complete a job. It also creates more ability to track a driver’s progress and explain any potential delays due to traffic or weather.
More people are moving out of state now than five or ten years ago. This is partially because of jobs, partially to be closer to family or partially to get to a more desirable climate or part of the country.
Longer moves can pose more challenges for adults and businesses. For kids, there is almost always a transition.
Many cities like Columbus offer a list of information and services to call before moving. This helps parents prepare better so they can tend to the needs of their children. It also helps everyone learn more about their new home and city.
Distance travel also puts a greater premium on insurance. Longer trips increase the risk of an accident or disaster. Most moving companies have different insurance policies. It’s also worth a call to an insurance carrier as well.
Advanced Decluttering and Cleaning
A 2014 survey suggested buying and selling a home was more stressful to some than the death of a loved one. The easiest way to simplify to the process is to go one step beyond decluttering. If a family didn’t need that item when trying to sell their home, they likely won’t need that item in the new house either.
The OHIO rule (Only Handle It Once) works wonders. Either keep an item or get rid of it; there is no such thing as a “maybe” category. There are plenty of options for
stuff that fails to make the final moving cut, ranging from donations to live or online sales. Advanced decluttering is better for families and pays it forward for the old community.
On the cleaning front, tidy up rugs and draperies before packing. They come back wrapped, clean and fresh. This is less hassle for the people moving them and for homeowners who will have other things to think about when unpacking.
Also save time and don’t wax or oil wooden antiques and fine wood furniture prior to moving. Some products soften the wood, and nobody furniture pads to leave a mark.
Must Have List:
Every family or business has a list of items they absolutely positively have to have. Maybe that’s a blanket for a child or an engine for race team. Every move is different.
Every strategy should have similarities. Write down on a single piece of paper the essential items needed the day the move ends. Pack it last. Unload it first. Clear storage bins or color coding can this essential stuff even easier to find. Also have a dedicated space for items you will need immediately upon arrival, things like toilet paper, soap, light bulbs, paper towels, plates etc.
For most families and businesses, moving is the beginning of a new and special opportunity. Old fashioned planning and new technology can both make the moving process easier for people and families, making it better for everyone to enjoy their new home or office more quickly.