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When You Inherit an Estate

Hello, my name is Jacob Langston. My father passed away two years ago, and I inherited his entire estate. Dad was a great guy, but he sure did have a lot of stuff. He lived in a large home, and I honestly don’t think he changed a thing since my mother died twelve years before him. I couldn't afford to keep the house, so selling it was one of the first things I had to take care of. I was at a loss for what to do with all the belongings inside. I had to start moving things out in order to get the house ready to sell. Once it sold, I had to move the rest out. I hired a moving and storage company to help with this daunting task, and am I glad I did. Stay tuned as I share this adventure with you!



When You Inherit an Estate

Unloading Excess Costs With 3 Easy Moving Tips

by Stacy Robertson

According to the United States Census Bureau, the average American can expect to move about 11 times throughout their life. Now if you strive to live a simplistic lifestyle with few belongings, this number likely does not sound like a big deal. However, if you are like most people, packing up everything and moving it to a different location at least 11 times, even over a lifetime, will sound like a lot of work and a lot of money. Here are five ways you may be able to cut out excess costs the next time you have to relocate. 

1. Go Ahead and Hire Professional Movers - You may think that opting for professional moving services would be an added expense, but when you take a look at what you would typically spend to rent a truck, buy fuel, invest in packing supplies, and make numerous trips to and from your former and new home, professional moving costs are really more of a logical solution. You should expect to pay on average around $1,100 for a professional move within the same state. Trying to do it all on your own could easily rack up a much larger bill. 

2. Reduce, Recycle, and Lose Some Weight - Professional moving companies usually charge for the shipment of your items by the weight. So even if you do not mind hauling around all of the extra baggage to a new place, you could save some money by getting rid of everything you don't need early on. Go ahead and go through those extra seasonal clothes, weed out the broken furniture, and eliminate everything that you are pretty sure you will no longer need. 

3. Get Smart About Packing Services - If you choose to opt for professional packing services as part of your move, know that this is an incredibly convenient option and perfectly ideal when you don't have a lot of time. However, before you go all in and just leave the whole ordeal to the professionals, try to find little ways to save. One of the easiest ways to save is to do what you can to cut the time the packing service will have to spend actually packing your belongings, as most do charge by the hour. Cut time by:

  • having everything organized by room and ready to go in a designated box.
  • packing all small, time-consuming items on your own if you can. 
  • preparing breakables ahead of time with newspaper or bubble wrap. 
  • clearing clutter and trash, and moving bulky furniture items out of the way in advance. 

Even though moving may be an almost unavoidable part of life, there are ways that you can save money when it comes to the costs. For more ideas about how to save on your next move, talk to a professional company like Bekins Van Lines Inc for advice.