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Ways to Make Moving a Whole Lot Easier

by Real Estate With Maghielse & Company, LLC 05/19/2019

Moving to a new home can definitely be labor intensive, but there are plenty of ways to make it easier and less stressful. Creating a priority list of things to do before the moving truck arrives can help ensure that you won't forget important details.

If you've chosen a service-oriented moving company, they should provide you with information -- possibly even a checklist -- on how to efficiently work with them and prepare.

Having the movers do the actual packing for you is often an option, but not everyone feels comfortable turning over that task to people they don't know. If you decide that it's worth it to pay the extra fee, you can always prepack and take with you any personal, fragile, or valuable items you don't want to entrust to others.

Moving companies are in a competitive business and are usually willing to negotiate the price of their services. By getting cost estimates from three different movers, you can often save hundreds of dollars and choose the company that provides the best value and customer service. Reading online reviews, checking Better Business Bureau ratings, asking a lot of questions, and taking notes are a few of the methods you can use to make an informed decision. Once you've done your research and picked a reputable moving company to transport your belongings, you've cleared one of the biggest hurdles. Packing, of course, can also be a rather immense part of the process. Here are a few tips to help make it a bit easier.

Downsizing helps: Depending on your age, the size of your family, and how long you've lived in your current home, you may want to "lighten your load" as much as possible! Transporting things you no longer use or need can make moving more tiring, complicated, and expensive. Taking the time to have a garage sale, contact the Salvation Army for a truck pickup, or even find a cost-effective junk removal service to haul away your unwanted stuff can simplify your moving experience.

Boxes and packing materials: Although there's a good possibility of being able to negotiate some wardrobe boxes and other supplies into your service contract, more boxes, heavy-duty tape, and packing material will be needed! Inquiring at your local supermarket about any surplus boxes is one way to save money on supplies. However, if the boxes they give you are flimsy or damaged, the monetary savings may not be worth the hassle of having them split open in transit. Overpacking boxes with heavy objects can also result in that same problem -- not to mention the probability of muscle strains and back injuries! Clearly labeling boxes and avoiding using nondescript categories, such as "miscellaneous," is yet another way to reduce the potential stress and frustration of moving all your belongings to a new home.

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Having been a Real Estate agent for over 30 years now, I have helped literally thousands of families buy, sell and accomplish their Real Estate goals. Both my husband/partner and I grew up in Kent County, so we know the cities and their neighborhoods like the back of our hands.

I also have a strong eye for finding opportunities in the market and this, coupled with my knowledge of market trends and changes in the Real Estate industry, has led to a strong sales history of customer service that is reflected in the confidence and trust my clients have in me.

For over 15 years I have been in the top 1% of all Realtors in the Greater Grand Rapids Board of Realtors, a record of success very few Realtors can lay claim to. While it is essential to be sales driven, it is also critical to balance this by fostering a professional relationship built on trust and understanding with my clients because our end goal is always client satisfaction. You can see this reflected in the countless testimonials we have received from our clients. Stop by our office and ask to review them at any time, for smaller samples scroll to the bottom of this page or visit our YouTube channel at:

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One of the unique advantages and key elements to our success is the team we have built here at Maghielse and Company. Working with us on the sale or purchase of your home, you have the advantage of a team with a broad array of talents supporting you in almost any situation and you should never experience that neglected feeling that can occur working with a single agent. I make it my business to exceed my clients' expectations and I won't rest until they have found a great new home, or sold their current property and are beyond satisfied with the results.