We get it; you have a lot of stuff. It’s everywhere, and even you don’t know what some of it’s for. To avoid getting slapped with a surcharge for exceeding the weight limit, take an inventory of the items you’re moving. Start with the heaviest items, making a rough estimate of the weight, and work your way down to smaller and smaller objects. The estimate doesn’t have to be exact, but some moving companies charge by weight, so researching the per pound rate of a company will give you a decent idea of the eventual price. However, if you’re moving to a nearby location, the rate might be by the hour, changing the price completely.
Movers might also offer to pack and unpack your stuff. It may seem tempting to avoid putting all of your haphazard possessions into boxes. However, while the movers are efficient packers, they don’t live in your house. Without clearly marked boxes, you could be spending more time directing them to different rooms at your new home, leaving it an unfortunate mess. Either pack yourself, or organize your items for easy packing and unpacking.