Moving can be a stressful time for everyone, even pets! However, preparation is the key to success.
Preparing to Move
Moving can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you choose to hire outside professionals or you choose to do it yourself, being prepared will ultimately make the move much smoother.
Not all moving companies are created equal. If you choose to hire professional movers, here are a number of things to consider:
- Will they do the packing for you?
- If so, do they provide insurance for your valuables?
- Do they charge a flat rate or an hourly fee? What does that rate include?
- Are you protected against liability?
For those who prefer the do-it-yourself method, here are some considerations:
- Find a truck rental company and book early.
- What size truck do you need?
- Does the rental company provide moving pads, packing boxes and dollies?
- Do you need insurance?
Spread the packing out over a number of weeks. Label each box with the room that it belongs to and take an inventory of its contents and the number of boxes per room. Use heavy packing tape and newspaper to keep fragile items safe. Be sure to label all fragile boxes and move them separately. Don't over-pack boxes so that you cannot lift them. Finally, pack a separate box (labelled 'survival kit') of items necessary for getting through the first few days in your new home.
- Simplify. Use the move as an opportunity to de-clutter your life. A garage sale is a great way to raise money for moving costs. Getting rid of unused, broken and out-dated items can be a huge relief in itself, plus you won't have to pack, move, and unpack all of the extra weight. Donate anything left over to a local charity, or post items for sale on eBay and/or Craigslist.
- Organize. Try to avoid packing in haste. This is how items get broken or damaged, plus it makes it much more difficult and time-consuming to unpack everything. Keep items of similarity together: décor, kitchen ware, linens, toys, consumables, etc. and be sure to clearly label all boxes.
- Think Ahead. When packing things into the moving vehicle, think ahead for what you will want/need out first and remember to pack those things last so they will be the most accessible.
- Special Care. Take special care with items of value and sentiment.
- Get a Head Start. Don't wait until the last minute to begin the moving process. Pack whatever you can, as soon as it is convenient. The sooner you begin, the less work and the less stress you will have on moving day.
- File a change of address request with the Postal Service.
- Locate grocery, hardware and gas stations near your moving destination before you move.
- Locate nearby hospitals and notify your medical insurance carrier which hospital you will need to go to in the case of an emergency.
- If you have a recreational vehicle, boat or trailer that you will be storing on your new property, research city ordinances beforehand to avoid citations and fines.
This information is meant as a guide. Although deemed reliable, information may not be accurate for your specific location. Please consult a REALTOR® professional for more information on moving resources.
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