Quick, Fun Facts About Moving
By Vanessa Palencia
As a young girl, I moved around a lot to the point where I would become bored with the city that I was living in and desired to pick up and move again. It was exhilarating for me to organize all my books in cardboard boxes and see my room slowly empty out and then pour all of my belongings into a new room. It gave me a chance to change things up completely with a whole new room layout, so you can imagine how excited I was about moving across the country to my first house. Because this was my first move as an adult, I had no idea what I was up against. I didn’t realize that there were so many things involved in making a big move like this because as a child my parents always handled everything.
Needless to say, packing was a pretty stressful event. For those who’ve moved before, you probably already know how stressful moving can be. It starts off exciting and adventurous, but soon enough you find yourself running around like a chicken with its head cut off because it all seems overwhelming and you feel like you’ll never finish what needs to get done.
Rest assured, you’re not alone, and while this article isn’t The Mover’s Guide to the Galaxy (you see what I did there?!) or the Ten Moving Things I Hate About You (I’m in a punny mood), I’m sure you’ll appreciate some of these entertaining facts and tips about moving during your break. Don’t forget to whip out the chocolate and wine!
Couples between the ages 25 and 44, with one or two children, move the most frequently. If you’re not about being another statistic, then do it sooner! Or later, whichever suits you.
Moving is the THIRD most stressful event in life, following death and divorce. That warrants a pint of ice cream and a chick-flick and some good pilates sessions to balance everything out.
The busiest month to move is August, which means that the moving companies most likely take advantage and hike up the prices, so move during the “off” season, typically winter.
People move, on average, 12 times during their lifetime. Once is enough for me, but if we’re talking about Italy or Fiji, then BRING IT ON! Okay, I’m done with the movie puns!
The average weight of transported household possessions is 6,500 pounds. And I promise I was not on the scale….
Don’t throw away that box yet! A cardboard moving box can typically be used 3-10 times before it’s no longer structurally sound. But I’d advise you to invest in plastic containers if you see yourself moving quite often.
It’s against federal law for a moving company to withhold a person’s personal items. So don’t get screwed into thinking that you have to wait until you have the money before you can get your stuff.
Moving companies are required by law to give you a booklet called Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. It’s kind of like the Miranda Rights, just without the arresting part and the handcuffs….
About 35% of all high school graduates and 30% of all college graduates move to another state within five years of graduation, so don’t let your parents convince you that it isn’t normal to move out of the state to spread your wings. Calm down, mom.
The most popular state to move out of is California. It couldn’t be because of the rising costs of living, could it? Or is it…? Hmmm...
Approximately 42% of all moves are for personal reasons, 40% are job-related, and 18% are military or government relocations.
Did you fall into any of these categories? Did anything take you by surprise? Let us know in the comments below!