This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve moved more times in my life than I care to count. When I was a kid, we moved across the country three times before I was ten! And as I grew older, I guess I just never got around to putting down roots. I moved to England when I was 19, which entailed selling everything I owned and starting over. I was 30 before I finally made my way back to the US of A. In fact, moving from the UK to Florida was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, as I once again had to sell most of my belongings, while shipping across some of our more precious memorabilia. It was a logistical and financial nightmare, and we were without our stuff for many months.
When we first got to Florida, we had to rent a small condo to live in. We weren’t sure whether we would be able to/want to buy a house or if we wanted to rent for a while, so we needed some place to stay where we could live rather normally. We had no furniture to speak of, so we were advised that we should rent furniture to see us through until we knew where we were going to be long term.
I thought that renting would be a nightmare, but I was amazed to find some great move-in ready options which allowed us to rent a whole home package quickly and easily. That furniture ended up lasting us through the condo and a year’s rental on our two bedroom apartment.
Only two years later, we once again relocated, leaving Florida behind for a new life here in Utah. Once again, we chose to bring only the essentials and buy new furniture once we were established in our new home. And once again, we chose furniture rental to see us through until we knew what we wanted.
Here are 5 things I’ve learned about the moving process that I would pass on to anyone who is in need of advice.
When it comes to moving your stuff, make sure you know what you have. I can’t tell you how much more expensive it is when you “guesstimate” your belongings, only to find out once the movers show up that you have WAY more than you thought you did. This is especially important if you are shipping anything. Our international shipping was so much more expensive than we were promised because we didn’t measure how much space we would be taking up.
Give yourself extra time. When we moved from Florida to Utah, we gave ourselves three days to drive across the country. Trying to ensure we made it to our planned destinations each day was hugely stressful. We didn’t have time to really stop and take in any sights or make a lot of memories. In hindsight, I wish we’d given ourselves a whole week to make sure we could enjoy our trip. It’s not often you get to drive across the whole country with your kids!
You don’t have to move in right away. The second we got to Utah, I wanted to get in our house. The first night, we couldn’t get the keys, so we stayed with my mother in law. But the next day, I insisted we stay in our own home. We had no furniture, so we bought a blow up mattress, which we shared with the boys. That first night, someone threw a cinder block through our bedroom window! It was terrifying. They obviously didn’t realize anyone was actually there because there was no furniture or anything. And since the house was a huuuuge mess (dirt and grime everywhere), we had to spend several days living and breathing dirty air as we made our way through cleaning. We really should have just waited to move in!
Always think about decor! For me, a house is not a home until I’ve hung something pretty on the walls! I am one of those people who like to decorate with photos (I have tons of photo canvases of my kids everywhere), but I also love framed art, inspirational quotes and funky mirrors. The problem, though, is that sometimes your chosen decor doesn’t really make sense in your space. Try and think about the style in your new home and let it guide you in making decisions. Country chic photo frames with flower prints inside may not go with industrial-looking chrome cabinets, for instance. Make sure your look is cohesive so you feel at home as soon as you can.
Don’t make any big decisions right away! One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made when moving was trying to buy everything all at once. New furniture was always big on my list, and I’ve gotten stuck with some real duds in my time. Because you don’t know how your new home is going to work yet, investing a lot of money into furniture is a bad idea! You might find yourself stuck with an oversized sectional that only fits in one particular spot, meaning you can never change your mind about the setup.
CORT is the nation’s most trusted solution for furniture rental. They provide services and solutions for both individuals facing life’s transitions and companies looking to make changes to their workplace or uniquely showcasing their company.
They are the perfect solution for anyone traveling long distance on temporary assignment, moving off-campus or relocating often (as in the case of military families). Their family of trained professionals can help you find a place to live, navigate your new area and furnish your place for however long you need it. Easy and convenient, your chosen furniture is there when you need it and gone when you don’t!
You don’t need to hire a moving van, you don’t have to think about selling it later, nor feel guilty when it’s time to say goodbye. You don’t even have to put it together! Simply figure out what you need, whether it’s a few special pieces or one of their move-in ready whole-home packages, order and sit back and relax as CORT’s pros set it all up for you.
These days, you never know when your situation may change. New opportunities arise all the time, and you might find yourself in a brand new area. If you want to make your life as simple as possible, now is the time to look into CORT Furniture Rental.
What are your best moving tips? Have you ever rented furniture before? How did you find the experience?