There’s no doubt that 2021 has brought on a lot of change. If you’re like millions of others, then you’re probably itching for a new location, new home, or even a new apartment. While moving is exciting, packing can also be stressful. So, how can you be sure that moving is the best option for you right now? Here are several key questions QuickTotes suggests you ask yourself before committing to a packing and moving.

Can I Afford the Cost of Living?

Not every city in America has the same cost of living. Even if you consider moving to another city in the same state, you’ll still want to ask yourself this question. When considering this move, you should really take a deep dive into whether you can live there comfortably. Research everything, from the cost of house down to what a gallon of milk will cost you. Knowing this information before deciding will help guide you in the right direction.

What is the Quality of Life Like for Residents?

The quality of life where you live matters to both your physical and mental health. This could be everything from the new city or town’s parks to its crime rate. The last thing you want to do is move to a new location where your quality of life suffers or is not what you thought it would be. To get a great idea of what the vibes are for any city in America, check out AreaVibes for more information and scores on quality of life.

Is Now the Right Time to Move?

The answer to this one tackles several different factors. One of which is the season. Moving in the winter or colder months is often cheaper since not many people are moving during this time. However, it is also a little trickier to move during the winter since you’ll likely be planning packing and moving days around winter snow. Another thing to consider when it comes to timing is your current lease and/or the house marketing. If your lease is not set to expire, you might find yourself paying a big junk just to get out of it. Or if you are selling your home, you might find that you’re just not ready to put it on the market yet. The job market in the new city might also not be as hot during certain times of the year, so it’s just always best to take timing into consideration when planning to move.

Can I Afford to Move?

Moving an entire apartment or house is not cheap. There’s the cost of packing supplies like moving totes and packing paper. Then there is the potential cost of having an overlap in residencies. This means you could be coughing up a security deposit and an overlap of monthly rent payments. If you are buying a home, then you likely have to consider the closing costs for your new home. Finally, if you’re looking to rent a moving truck for the day or the weekend, you’ll also have to take that into consideration.

What Should I Do Before Moving Day?

This is an excellent question! Most people spend their time leading up to moving day packing, organizing, and discarding things they no longer want or need. You should certainly plan to do the same. It cannot hurt to have most of your belongings packed prior to moving, since this will make things that much easier. You should also notify your utility companies of the change, update any information with the USPS, and plan to get your license and vehicle registration updated with your new address. These are all things that you can do prior to moving.

Plan Ahead with QuickTotes

When it comes to moving your home or apartment, you need plenty of sturdy and reliable packing supplies. It is easy to think cardboard boxes will get the job done, but what if we told you there’s a better, greener alternative? Plastic moving totes from QuickTotes are the most affordable and secure way to move your home, no matter how many rooms you have. Not only do our totes hold more than your average cardboard box, but they also keep your belongings safe and secure. We have pricing packages designed for every home size, give us a call at (317) 316-8973.

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