Moving can be time consuming, frustrating, expensive and disruptive, but it can also be an adventure, a time of discovery, a good excuse to clean up and organize, and a bonding experience for every member of the family.
Many of the decisions regarding your move will probably be tied to your budget, the size of your household, and how far you will be moving.
Here are some general tips to assist you in choosing your moving method and in getting you started toward a successful move:
- As far in advance as possible, decide which goods will be moved and which will be sold or given away. Reduce as much as possible to save time and money on your move.
- In deciding moving costs, remember that packing is a separate cost from moving. If you hire a moving company, they will submit two separate bids. If you think you might move yourself, be sure to think about the costs of packing materials.
- Talk with trusted friends and relatives about their recent move, and what they would have done differently.
- Keep in mind the time of year (and what the weather might be like) before deciding to “do it yourself.” Other factors might include health, difficulty of move (stairs, steep driveway, etc), and value of the items to be moved.
- Moving companies will allow you to do your own packing or partial packing, but they will not be liable for damage to boxes packed by the customer. The driver may also refuse a box that is improperly packed. If the driver has to repack the box, additional charges could occur and be applied.
Some Moving Tips to Keep in Mind:
- Notify your telephone, electric, gas, water, and credit card Companies.
- Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date.
- Notify former employers. This will make tax time less taxing.
- Be there and give direction. Let them know what you want loaded first and loaded last.
- Get a copy of your inventory sheet from the foreman. Double check his notations about existing damage to your goods.
- Have your insurance plan readily available. Hopefully you will have no use of this tip.
- Devise a system. You should label your boxes with their destination in your new home. Hang numbered signs on the doorposts of each room and write the same numbers on the appropriate boxes. (Example: “2nd Fl./Room 4″) If you’re handy with a pencil, sketch a sample layout of your house, number the rooms on it, and post the layout on the truck for reference.
- Load the rooms to be unloaded first—last. Whatever room is furthest from the entrance in your new home should be that room. In other words, unload back to front. The kitchen should be done at the very end though, because heavy appliances should go in the truck first.
- Don’t forget to have your tools ready when you start unloading. You should put your tool box in when everything else is loaded in the truck.
- Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Don’t forget about your plants either. Most are too sensitive to make a long journey in a hot, dark truck. If you can take them with you too.