Wheaton’s National Moving Month Tip #13: Mail

13. Mail your collection of books.

Does your house look anything like this picture?

Even with the onset of digital books, Kindles, Nooks, and iBooks, many people still have quite a collection of heavy, hard-covered novels, books, and other reference materials. Once you start packing, you’ll find that these books can not only fill a box up quickly, but that the box also gets very heavy.

Most if not all moving companies determine the cost of a move on two factors:

  1. The distance from Point A to Point B
  2. The weight of the materials being transported

If you’re moving a good distance, then the weight of your book collection could start to become a bit of a problem.

There are however several solutions to this problem:  One would be to slim your collection down by selling or donating some of your books.  Many people don’t want to part with their collection though.  They bought these books for a reason and made a lifetime investment in these materials.  The second, and more viable option, would be to send your texts in the mail via the United States Postal Service.

USPS offers a service called Media Mail which is a cost-effective way to send books, DVDs and other educational materials through the mail.  The cost of Media Mail starts at $2.63 and goes up depending on the weight of what you’re mailing.  It’s worthwhile to research this option as it could be cheaper and even more convenient to utilize this service rather than packing books and hauling them on the moving truck.

What are some other easy ways to pack up a collection of books?

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