Moving is a normal part of American life, and statistics show that the average American may move as many as 12 times in his or her lifetime. Generally, that person may move more frequently in their younger years as they figure out their lifestyle, and older Americans tend to live in properties longer and invest in them (such as remodeling or landscaping). Why do Americans move around? Sometimes, a person’s income drastically increases or decreases, and they either move to a more affordable property or upgrade to a bigger one to suit their tastes. In other cases, a young adult is often moving due to college, new jobs, or any other life change. In yet other cases, long distance moving may be done if a person gets a new job or their current job sends them to a new location. For these reasons and more, a family may hire local mover companies or long distance moving companies to make this relocation possible. Local movers may help a family move to a new neighborhood in their city or even county, but going from one region to another, such as Colorado to Massachusetts, may call for a long distance mover crew.
Who is moving, and how old are they? Statistics have shown that summer months are the most popular for Americans to move, whether to houses or rental units such as apartments. Meanwhile, winter is the least popular time for moving, probably partly because snow and ice may disrupt the trip and make the roads dangerous. That, and many Americans are busy with the winter holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah. December ranks last among months for moving rates. Each year, meanwhile, nearly 11.2% of all Americans, or some 25.1 million people, are moving, and that’s plenty of work for these mover companies to handle. On average, movers are hired the most often by married couples aged 18-34 who have one or two children in their household. And as mentioned earlier, older Americans, such as those at retirement age, rarely move at all, although they might like the idea of moving to an independent living senior community. That may be the exception, however.
Making the Move
When someone has decided that they are going to relocate their household somewhere else, they may determine whether they should hire a local mover or a long distance mover, since local movers can’t easily handle the logistics of a long move that may involve thousands of miles on the road. But before hiring a company at all, a household’s members may make themselves ready for the move using some general steps.
For one thing, trimming a household’s total inventory is a good idea. The average American household has a staggering 300,000 items in it, ranging from books to furniture to kids’ toys to cutlery and electronic devices. Some items may be redundant or even trash, and they can be thrown away, recycled, donated, or otherwise removed from the household. Many households have more clothes than they need, and family members may gather all clothes from across the house into a single, huge pile and carefully decide which article sand shoes to keep, and which to donate to local charities. Larger, excess items such as furniture or even a spare car or a boat can be relocated to a self-storage unit.
Mover companies typically have their very own websites, complete with contact information, photos and videos of their work, customer reviews, and other info such as how far they can go for a move. A homeowner may find a few such mover companies and compare and contrast them to find the right crew for the job. Such movers offer their trucks and trailers for loading items, and smaller items may be packed into boxes and larger ones are packed a they are. Padding, straps, and stuffing items close together may help keep them from jostling around or falling over during transit, such as over bumpy roads. And when the movers reach the new area, larger trucks might not be able to navigate narrow roads, so the items will be taken out and loaded into smaller vehicles that can complete the trip and reach the property for unloading.