Dumpster Rentals Prior to your Move
Are you moving soon? Working on purging your belongings before loading up a semi-truck and relocating? The average American moves about seven times in their lifetime – so moving and relocating is likely something we’ll all have to deal with in the future. It’s also not an activity we do enough to necessarily be “good” at – or at least accustomed to.
While we could talk for hours about moving tips, we have one really simple one for you – and it has to do with dumpsters!
If you’re planning a move, you’ve probably figured out by now that moving is expensive! There are also dozens of costs associated with getting out of a home, packing your things up, and moving somewhere. One of the greatest costs is the moving truck or company you’ll work with. As fuel and labor costs rise, the price of moving will only get more expensive. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take that can cut costs. The biggest one is this:
Move less stuff.
In addition to moving about seven times, the average American also owns a bunch of stuff. Bikes, keepsakes, a kayak, two computers, tons of clothes, the list goes on. Many of us also hang onto a lot of stuff, which is great…Until we’re paying for every square foot in a giant moving truck.
Many people make the mistake of forgetting to (or skipping) the process of purging prior to a move. As the author of this article, I can attest to having missed this step prior to my cross-country move – primarily because I didn’t have time. But I paid for it. I transported tons of unnecessary stuff (including a broken bumper to a vehicle I no longer owned) because it was sitting in the storage unit, and I told my movers to load everything. This would have been an ideal time to comb through my stuff, eliminate what I didn’t need (or what could be easily replaced) and cut down on moving costs. If I were doing it all over again, I would do the following:
As I neared the date to start packing things up, I would spend time in each room of my house. I would go through all of my stuff, and make some hard decisions about what I wanted to keep, and about what I no longer needed. I would start making piles of junk to either toss or donate. I would get rid of any clothing I didn’t love – to cut down on bulk. I’d get rid of tools, buckets, broken stuff, projects I knew I wasn’t going to finish, and as much other stuff as possible.
Then, I would rent a dumpster. I’d throw everything in it. I’d go back through my house and do it all again. Then, as I was packing the moving truck, or helping the movers, I would keep throwing stuff out. I would toss as much stuff as possible to keep it out of the truck – because once again, we’re paying for space in most cases. There’s also another practical consideration to all of this…less stuff means less stuff to unload and put away in a new home.
I would commit to filling my rental dumpster with as much stuff as possible – knowing that each discarded thing would save me money, and time. This is an incredibly easy step that we just don’t take, but really should.
Rental dumpsters are perfect for this task, because you can leave them in your driveway or on the street, and fill them up as you go. Break a chair or something in the process of moving? Chuck it. Discover a box of old papers that you don’t need? Don’t move it. Toss it. The list goes on and on.
A rental dumpster provides flexibility, tons of space, and can ease daunting tasks like this. Additionally, it will save you money – because you won’t be paying to move a bunch of extra stuff.
Planning a move and need a dumpster? Give us a call and let’s set something up today!