Moving Tips

The Basics

  • Keep It Simple – use this move as an opportunity to get rid of some of your junk. Give things away to friends and family, sell your items at a tag sale, or donate some belongings to charity.
  • Get Things Organized – to make the move smoother, group your belongings.
  • Plan Ahead – think ahead of time which items need to be easily accessible and which belongings you can unpack later. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to contact the moving company, as this can also drive up your price quotes.
  • Take Care of Your Belongings – take the proper precautions in protecting your items in this move.

Packing

  • To reduce any chances of damage to your belongings, use boxes with lids. It’ll be easier to pack the moving truck with these kinds of boxes as well.
  • To protect delicate items, use towels and linens. Also, if need be, get your packing materials and boxes for a moving company.
  • Organize your boxes by labeling them by their contents and where in the new house they should be brought (e.g. master bedroom). Mark the appropriate items as “FRAGILE” to prevent these from being thrown around in the moving process.
  • For fragile items, pack the bottom of their boxes with about four inches of crumpled paper at the bottom. If you want to take the cushioning further, pack a box within another.
  • Wrap plates, saucers, and china individually, bundling them together in threes or fours. Keep them placed upright in the boxes, not flat. And for fine china and other items that aren’t easily washed, don’t use newspaper as the ink smears too easily.
  • Glasses should be wrapped individually and placed with the rim facing down in the box.
  • Electronics should be boxed to prevent any sort of damage.
  • Use boxes for mirrors and pictures, and if you’re really concerned about damage, there are professional services out there that can pack these particular items for you.
  • Make sure caps are sealed for toiletries, medicine, laundry soap, and cleaning products.
  • Avoid packing flammable or aerosol products, such as hair spray, shaving cream, and motor oil, as the temperature inside a closed moving truck can hit 150 degrees, and can possibly trigger an explosion.
  • Have basic, necessary hand tools available. You might need them during the moving process.
  • If you’re moving your belongings into a storage unit, acquire a unit larger than you need. This allows for the stacking of your boxes, leaving room to move around and access your items.
  • In case of emergencies during the move, carry enough cash on you and make sure your belongings are insured for a decent amount.

Choosing the Right Moving Company

Nowadays, moving companies offer a wide variety of services in addition to the standard loading, transporting, and unloading of your items. These include packing for you, the sale of packing materials, unpacking, cleaning, and even setting everything up at your brand new home.

With all the choices out there, it’s hard to pick a company you can trust. So here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Start looking for companies ahead of time, about 4 to 8 weeks before your moving day.
  • Begin your search with recommendations from friends and family.
  • Acquire several quotes from moving companies, so you can compare prices and services in order to make an educated decision.
  • Ask companies how long they’ve been in business, if they can provide any testimonials, and about their insurance coverage and claims protection.
  • Be wary of the fine print and any additional fees that might be hidden.

Understanding the actual moving industry should help as well. There’s always the risk of damage to your cargo in the process, so you want to find a trusted company. Sites like moving.com have reviews of various moving companies.

Costs of Moving

The costs can vary, depending upon variables such as the distance of the move, the amount of cargo to be transported, and the time of year. This is why comparing quotes is important, as this can mean the difference between finding a reasonable pricing package and being ripped off.

Moving Checklist

  • Request a change of address with the United States Postal Service.
  • Prior to the move, find the local grocery stores, hardware stores, and gas stations on the way to your new home and the surrounding area.
  • Find the local hospitals and inform your medical insurance carrier which hospital you would go to in any emergency.
  • If you’re storing a recreational vehicle such as a boat or trailer on your new property, research your new area’s laws beforehand to avoid any citations or fines.

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