Moving is a stressful task for everyone. Not only can it be an expensive endeavor, but it takes a lot of time and physical effort too. But what happens when you have to pack up and move while having a physical disability such as joint degeneration or spine damage? So many of the simple tasks associated with moving become much more difficult, or perhaps painful. Activities such as packing, deep cleaning, or loading a truck may not be possible at all. Here are four services that can help you move, and a few ideas on how to find the best price for each.
Hiring a professional moving company can be expensive, even for those not on a tight budget. For a local move, or even a smaller long distance one, consider hiring a small local team to help you. Look for local moving helpers, who can not only help you load and unload a rental truck, but can even drive it for you. A few of these services will travel several hundred miles, saving you the cost of a professional moving truck. These movers might not be officially licensed or bonded, which could be a risk, but if you check reviews on sites such as Yelp or Angie's List, you should be able to find someone trustworthy and relatively inexpensive.
Stretching to paint near the ceiling or bending to paint the baseboards could be impossible for someone with a disability. And yet fresh walls are an important factor in selling a house, or even in getting your deposit back on a rental. Hiring someone to paint your house can be costly, but don't be afraid to explain your situation and ask if they have discounts available. Many of the smaller local companies like B & P Painting Inc will be happy to help.
Using a website that puts local businesses in touch with clients might also help you save. Try Thumbtack.com, which will gather several quotes for you, allowing you to find the best deal, and can pit local contractors against each other, leading to better offers.
Packing can be physically demanding, even if you aren't moving the boxes yourself. Many moving companies offer packing services, and so do some of the small local movers mentioned above. But don't be afraid to look for alternative sources of help either. Hire a neighbor or a friend, or perhaps a local college student. Search for a local organizing service: they very often having moving deals, and not only will they help you pack, but they will assist you in going through all your belongings, deciding what to keep for the move, and what to sell, donate, or throw away. The less you have to transport, the cheaper the cost of the actual move.
Whether you want to get your house ready for showing or you need to clean your rental before moving out, look for a cleaning service to get your property in shape. Even the bigger national chains are often franchised locally, and the owners in your area might be willing to cut you a deal. Check coupon services such as Groupon or Living Social, or ask your friends if they know of any good housekeepers. If you're staying in the area, you might consider signing up for a monthly service, which will often lead to a discount on your current deep cleaning needs.
Day-to-day living with a disability becomes routine; you have your strategies and systems in place. But when something new and big comes up, it can be daunting to even know where to begin. Hopefully these tips can help get you settled in your new place in no time.