Packing with Care

The topic of moving during the college years or right after was not a big deal. In the later years when you approach the subject of moving there are many groans and sighs. Sympathy from friends is a given; moving often means the juggling of work schedules, when to pack, school activities, finding new veterinarians, and more. As adults, we become more established. We tend to accumulate and our families grow to include children or furry friends. In the case of some of our clients, we have witnessed the coordinated move of dogs, cats, fish, and chickens.

Some families need to consider school districts, the timing of selling a home, or whether the home they are building will be ready. Sometimes there isn’t a permanent place to land immediately after a sale. The word “complicated” is what best suits the situation of coming and going.

Orchestrating the move to a new home can be challenging, even if it is local. Our clients ask us questions like: What companies or services are available? Will you need help with packing or just the muscle to move the boxes? Where can items be stored for a short time?

We looked at various local options to understand what makes most sense for different moving requirements. Our team developed this handy guide for local moves:

 Moving Boxes

Pack me up, please!

Chapel Hill Moving Company

A small, local business that offers packing and moving services. They note that they can also load and unload into trucks or storage containers if you need to place your belongings in storage. Experienced in the packing of antiques, Chapel Hill Moving Co. has received high ratings on the Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle. Check their website out for additional details that includes packing tips.

Marrins’ Moving

A North Carolina business started in 1997, Marrins’ Moving focuses on customer care. They help you get started by providing necessary packing supplies, including free blankets and tape! Their services include packing and unpacking, so you aren’t having to find time among the busyness of your daily routine to get everything packed safely.

Two Men & a Truck

Two Men and a Truck started as a small family business and expanded with a franchise model to a nationwide organization. The Durham opened up in 2001 and is managed by very experienced Two Men and a Truck franchisees that have spent 20-plus years in the moving business. Their services include packing and unpacking and their customer care is well rated on Indy Week’s Best of the Triangle.

Storage Options

I need storage!

Some moves require interim storage. To mitigate the risk of two mortgages, clients may sell their current house before moving into new construction. Getting the timing right can be a bit tricky when weather delays or a hot market means you are out of one house before the next is ready. Clients sometimes move in with family for short periods or rent furnished homes or apartments and put their belongings into storage. These three options make it possible to have storage containers brought to the home when moving out and moving in.

1-800 Pack Rat

A storage container is brought right to your door and you can pack it up at your own pace (or hire movers to do it!). The storage facilities are secure, climate controlled, and allow you access to your container if needed. This service is great when you need an interim solution that allows you to have belongings picked up in one place and dropped off in another.

PODS Portable Storage Container

PODs offers similar flexible storage options. Their service brings the ease of packing at your pace to your home. Load or unload as you are able and they can pick up and drop off to different locations. PODs storage centers are secure, clean, and some are climate controlled. This is a great options when you are in-between residences or are in college and moving out for the summer.

U-Box by U-Haul

If you need the flexibility and ease to pack at your own pace, this service delivers a container to your front steps.  Once packed, the storage boxes are stored at secure U-Haul facilities and delivered to your final destination upon request.

More help with your relocation

Moves can be hectic, but they don’t always have to be. Relocation is a topic we are quite familiar with. Whether your are moving down the street or much further away, we have uncovered resources to help you organize. Check out our previous blogs:

  •       Relocation Tips and Tricks identify move and organization apps that help you prioritize and plan. Questions to ask your agent are also included!
  •       “How do I Sell and Buy all at Once?” walks you  through the various options and opportunities when making the transition from one place to another.

Get in touch with us if you as you begin to consider selling. If you want to learn more about how we’ve helped our clients through this process we have interviews and references that reinforce our knowledge and expertise in the area of buying and selling.

Co-authored by 3 Bossy Bees


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