Coordinating a household move is not an easy task; logistics can get complicated even for a local move. While some people hire a professional moving company to coordinate their move from start to finish, other people do not have the budget for this or prefer to personally oversee their move. While you want to work out a personal system factoring in items of particular concern (such as valuables or fragile possessions), these tips from experienced movers can be helpful.Donate What Isn’t Essential
Work room by room, and go through your possessions and donate the items you no longer need. Don’t forget to evaluate larger items like stereo equipment, appliances and vehicles. For instance, if you choose to donate boat to charity, you can take a valuable tax write-off on your annual filing. Thus, you get rid of bulky items — and save money doing so!Consolidate Valuable Items
Most people have certain possessions that are of particular concern on moving day. These may be fragile collectibles, home entertainment components, family heirlooms, artwork or other items. Consolidate all of these items in one corner of a room so they receive special attention during the packing process. Plan to move valuables yourself by hand if at all possible.Visit Local Businesses for Free Packing Supplies
Many grocery stores, book stores, home improvement stores and similar businesses receive merchandise daily. After employees have unpacked the items, the business may no longer need their boxes. Often, these businesses are willing to give you their boxes free of charge if you ask. This is a great way to save money on boxes, which can get expensive.Negotiate for the Best Price
For all but the largest moves, most moving companies will charge you in hourly increments. Typically, you will pay a one-time labor charge plus a minimum of two hours. After meeting the two-hour minimum, you will be charged in hourly increments. Call at least three companies before choosing a mover. Once you know how much the first two hours plus labor will cost, you can decide how to proceed. To save money, move smaller items with friends and save the larger items for the movers to handle. If you rent a moving truck, find out whether you are required to purchase insurance for it.Coordinate Friends in Shifts
Even if you have 10 friends who are willing to help, you won’t be able to coordinate the efforts of more than two or three people at a time. So instead of inviting them to come all at once for a “move party,” organize your helpers in shifts. Staggering their arrival times means you can get one team started on packing one set of items before the next team arrives.Label Everything
On move day, labeling will be your best friend. Labels let you know where your fragile or valuable items are packed, which boxes are heaviest and what room to deposit each newly arriving box in on the other end.Pack an Overnight Bag
For time-sensitive or particularly large moves, do yourself a tremendous favor by packing a small overnight bag containing toiletries, a change of clothes and essential electronics such as your tablet or laptop charger.Remember: One Room at a Time
After the movers have unloaded all the boxes and left, it is normal to feel overwhelmed — alone in your new space surrounded by boxes, boxes and more boxes. Take the unpacking process one step at a time. Start with your bedroom, so you’ll have a comfortable bed to sleep on that night. Next, unpack the bathroom so you can shower in the morning if you need to get up and go to work. Save the other rooms for when you have more time.
About the Author: Keith Herman is a writer who has moved nearly a dozen times in his life and considers himself an expert on the subject.