Though there may be no such thing as a worry-free and a stress-free move, planning how you want your move to go will allow the process to be much easier. Here are some tips on how to avoid the stresses of moving day:
- Pick an established moving company with bonded, trained, full-time employees.
- Schedule your move for the day after you take possession of your new home; that way you can avoid having to wait for the keys to be delivered.
- If you want to save money, move into your new home midmonth, or off-season, mid-September and mid-May.
- Expect to pay around $100-$120 an hour for local off-season movers, and $130-$150 an hour in the high season. For example, an average three-bedroom house will take 7-9 hours. Long-distance rates are charged on a sliding scale based on poundage per mile; the heavier the move, the lower the poundage rate per mile will be.
- Take delicates and valuables, including legal documents (ex. wills and deeds) with you.
- Consider taking out valuation coverage, this will cover any repairs or replacement value of items in your home.
One to Two months pre-move:
- Interview potential moving companies and hire one; confirm moving dates.
- Begin dividing possessions into keep, donate, garage sale, and trash.
- Hold a garage sale.
- Mail out your change of address to family, friends, and other relevant companies.
- Notify banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and government offices of your new address.
- Arrange for shut-off and hookup of gas, electricity, cable, phone at old and new addresses.
Two weeks pre-move:
- Reserve freight elevator if you’re moving to or out of a condo or apartment building.
- Arrange for transfer of doctors and vet records if needed.
- Use up perishable food.
- Begin planning out where everything will go in the new house; doing this will not only help the movers, but will help you settle in more quickly.
- Begin packing (if doing it yourself) your least used items. Label boxes by room, such as Kitchen and Master Bedroom, and by contents, such as Pots, Pans, and Tools.
- A few packing tips: individually wrap and stack dishes vertically; aim for a maximum of 50 pounds per packing box. Clothing may be kept inside dresser drawers if not heavy.
- Make hotel reservations if moving to another city or moving out one day and moving in the next.
- Organize what you will be taking in your own car, what the movers will take and what will be staying behind. Movers typically won’t move anything physically attached to the house (draperies, French doors etc.) unless instructed to do so.
One day pre-move:
- Empty and defrost fridge and freezer.
- Finish packing and label one or more boxes containing essentials, such as toothbrushes, pajamas, change of clothes etc. (Have movers unload this box first and put it in an accessible location).
- After moving truck is loaded, walk through your house with the movers to make sure nothing is left behind. Don’t forget to check garage, basement, attic, shed, closets and backyard.
- If you have time, it’s courteous to sweep or vacuum the empty house.
- Turn down furnace.
- Lock windows and doors.
- Check the moving truck after unloading to make sure nothing is left behind.
- Check for residential damage as soon as possible. The residential damage form must be completed and given to movers on moving day. Check furniture and boxes for damage to be noted on a separate claim.
- Don’t try to do everything at once-take breaks, have a snack or a quick meal and try to relax!
- Boxes: available in many shapes and sizes from movers or moving supply store.
- Plastic storage containers: convenient, purchase and reuse for storage.
- Packing tape: purchase from movers or moving supply store, post office or office supply store.
- Permanent markers: use thick black permanent ink markers to label boxes.
- Bubble wrap: purchase from office supply store, movers or moving supply store.
- Packing paper: a tidier option to newspaper so that there will not be any ink transfer to packed items.
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