Monday, August 12, 2013

Moving is easy with Alamo Car Rental!

Making Your Move Easier

Moving is stressful no matter how much work you put into making it go smoothly. This is true whether you are moving just a few blocks away or whole states away from where you are currently living. Here are some things that you can do to make your move to a new state easier on you and your entire family:

Scoping It Out Ahead of Time

If you can afford it, plan to take a family trip to where you will be living before you move there. You can use the time to set up housing and explore the area. This way your kids will know where it is that they will be going so they won’t feel like they are being flung out into the unknown. If you cannot afford to take the entire family, go yourself and take lots of photos and videos.

Spend some time online with your kids showing them information about their new home. You can use Google Maps to zoom in and “take a walk” around the new neighborhood. You can explore the new school’s website and look at pictures of the teachers your kids will have and of the kids with whom they will be going to class. You can check out youth activities and the local community center. The more information you give them, the safer they will feel about the move.

Your Cars

Are you worried about how well your cars will hold up for the trip from where you live now to where you will be living in the future? There are a couple of options available to you.

1. You can have your cars shipped along with your moving cartons.

2. You can sell your cars now and use the money to purchase newer cars when you get to your new home.

Whichever route you choose, you will still need to find a way to get from where you live now to where you will be living in the future. Some people have friends or family members who will drive them. Others go the (often easier) route of renting a car.

Pro Tip: If you do decide to rent a car, shop around for the best deals and perks. It’s definitely in your best interest to choose a national chain, like Alamo Car Rental, because it will be cheaper for you to rent the car in your home state and return it in your new state (smaller or independent chains might not even have this option).

Sorting Your Stuff

It’s tempting to pack up everything you own when you have to move to another state. Fight this temptation! Instead, the better course of action is to get rid of as much as you can. Keep the things that have deep sentimental value and things that you know you’ll need (dishes, cookware, bedding).

It’s difficult to take this sort of harshness to your packing, but it’s necessary. You’ll save space in your moving truck. You’ll save time with the actual packing and unpacking processes. If you sell the things you’re not taking via a yard sale or online you can even make quite a bit of extra money that you can use to finance the move.

Pro Tip: Err on the safe side with your kids here. When it comes to your kids’ belongings it’s okay to only make them get rid of things that are beyond repair. Allowing them to keep their toys, books and games will help them feel safer and will put them at ease in their new home when you get there.

There are so many things that you can do to help smooth out the moving process for you and your kids. These are just a few of them. When in doubt, talk to your family—what do they need to make things easier? How many of those things are you able to accommodate?


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