Hiring cheap movers? Here’s what to expect

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There it is.  A Kijiji ad that touts “the best movers in town for $40 per hour”.

On the surface, hiring cheap movers sounds like a great deal compared to renting a truck and getting your friends to volunteer their time in exchange for pizza and beer.   However, it’s worth taking a deeper look at what could potentially happen if you hire the wrong company.  The costs and emotional toll of hiring the wrong moving company can be devastating if you make the wrong choice (and there are enough stories out there to prove it).

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8 Things To Toss Before Moving

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A top thought people have as they prepare to move is “how did I end up with so much stuff”?

You certainly don’t want to pay to move stuff you no longer need and this is a perfect chance to take a good look through all your stuff and decide what should be donated, tossed, sold (or perhaps burned?)

When it comes to tossing your stuff, there are always the “usual suspects”.  These are the places where you’ll find plenty of stuff to fill many garbage bags.

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The Hidden Costs of Moving Nobody Tells You About

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When it comes to costs of moving, it seems simple enough on the surface.  However, as anyone who has moved recently can attest, hidden costs and surprises are everywhere.

It seems to me that those who haven’t moved in a while have forgotten all of the work in involved to not just move but to do it wisely.  The costs of moving can add up quickly, and before you know it, you’ll want to throw all of your life savings out the window to make everything go away. However, for those of us who do not have the luxury of paying for others to do things that we could manage to do ourselves, there are options to make the experience more manageable.

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Our Checklist of Who to Notify When you Move

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When you move,  there’s a common misconception that notifying the post office automatically notifies everyone you deal with of your new address.  While the mail forwarding service is a great idea, it is only a temporary measure for a few months.

When the magic of mail forwarding wears off, your mail will continue arriving at your old address.   For some of your services and ID cards, like your driver’s license, changing your address may be required by law, depending on where you live.

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Do you Have To Update Your Driver’s Licence When Moving?

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One of the most time-consuming activities of moving is notifying everyone of your address change.  The average household has to notify between 15-20 businesses and organizations of their move.  Changing your address on your driver’s license is one of the activities that comes to mind,  but what if you decide not to do it?  Doesn’t forwarding your mail take care of these things?   The short answer is no.

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What You Should Know Before Renting a Truck

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Renting a truck and getting moving help from friends is a great way to save money.   That’s the strategy that Brandon Lo took for his recent move.   Although Brandon budgeted that he would save about $800 over the cost of hiring professional movers, his costs ended up above and beyond what he had originally budgeted.     Although he still saved a few bucks, Brandon graciously shared some of his tips, based on the lessons he learned.

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The Five Minute Declutter Drill

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Too many of us overwhelm ourselves with the decluttering process.   Let’s face it –  It is hard to say goodbye to our stuff, but at the same time we know that we must.  There are ways to declutter in quicker and more efficient ways.

What we found works best is to declutter in small sprints.  Just a little bit per day goes a very long way to accomplish a lot.   So here are a few ideas for the daily 5-minute declutter schedule.   Pick just one thing per day, cross it off your list, and feel great.

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