5 frugal ways to make moving easier
Everybody has them: those special little items that have sentimental value. It might be Grandma's vase. Or that footstool Uncle Ed carved by hand. Or a finger-painting that won a blue ribbon at your child's school art fair.
Identify those special items and pack them yourself, says James Foltz, an aerospace engineer who recently moved 200 miles from Oklahoma to Texas.
"That was probably the biggest thing to us," he says. "Before the movers showed up we said 'OK, what don't we want them to touch?'" Even the best of movers are "not going to treat (those things) with the level of care you would."
The result: Nothing is lost "except for the handle on one yard cart," Foltz says.
There are some items consumers should always pack themselves and keep with them during a move, Weitekamp says: prescriptions, credit cards, fine jewelry, passports, birth certificates or other any important personal or financial documents that you might need to find quickly.