Moving Patterns in the United States
As you can see in the graphic below in 2010 6.7 million U.S. households moved in 2010. Also as the graphic says this is 15% of the U.S. population!
So why do people move so much? How do they move so easily? What makes the transitions easier? How do you pick a moving company that fits in your budget and will do a great job?
When moving, especially across country, there are many things to consider. School districts, neighbourhood safety, commute time, what type of home you want, what you can afford and what you actually need.
You should also consider doing a nice big purge of items you no longer use or love so you don’t spend extra time or money moving things that you may never even unpack! I say if you haven’t used it in six months (aside from seasonal items) then you likely won’t use it so get rid of it! Your new home will feel so much larger and your space will be so much more organized. Imagine opening the dreaded kitchen drawer to find ONLY items that you actually USE regularly!
Choosing a company doesn’t have to be difficult. You have heard of all the big names and you can find them in the yellow pages or online. Below you will find a comparison between what 1-800-PACK-RAT and PODS offers. You can also find charts like this by simply searching for comparisons or looking for reviews on the company you are considering. Doing your research now will save you time, money and a whole lot of headaches when moving time arrives!
Why are so Many People Moving?
Over the last few years its become no surprise that we are in hard times when it comes to jobs and the overall economy. Though the economy is seemingly on the mend people still cannot afford the luxuries they are used to. This has had two separate effects. Take a dramatic pay cut and downsize or relocate entirely in hopes of maintaining the lifestyle you are accustomed to.
Regardless of your reasons for making the move you need to do your research, understand the statistics, do your shopping for your new home and neighbourhood and of course plan the move itself. If you blindly make a bold decision you could easily end up worse off then you are now, so moving definitely shouldn’t be taken lightly.