Moving Tips for Homeowners

Moving is a dreaded process that requires much planning, organizing, and commitment. This process often causes much anxiety even when it is planned out to the T. Here re some helpful tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.

     1. Get Recommendations- Ask around the the names of reputable moving companies from friends, family, and co-workers. Ask about their experiences, and what they liked and did not like. Be sure to ask about prices too. Make sure you check all of your stuff because some movers will steal from you.

     2. Check Background- When considering movers check their background to see if they are a licensed member of the American Moving and Storage Association. Check to see if the moving companies you are considering has any complaints about them.

     3. Seek Estimates- Find the estimates that are "not to exceed" because those cap the price you will pay from movers. Ask for "in-home" estimates because those are more accurate than the ones over the phone. Watch for hidden fees when you receiver you estimate and see what all services you will receive. Some moving companies charge by weight and distance, while others charge by the number of hours it takes to transport your belongings.

General note: the more you own, the more it will cost you. If you ask for them to box your stuff it will cost you extra.

     4. Think Insurance- Take an inventory and dollar amount of of everything you plan on moving and check what kind and how much liability coverage the movers provide.

     Is it enough to cover the value of the belongings. Look up the procedure to submitting a claim with each company if something was to happen. Your homeowners policy may cover some of the damages, so check it out first.

     5. Know the Rules- If your job asks you to relocate, check with the company rules on their moving policy ti see how much of the bill is covered by them.

     6. Reduce- Sell or donate as much stuff as you can. It will give you some extra cash or space and reduce the cost of moving. It will also make unpacking much easier. Sell them through Ebay, craigslist, or have a garage sale.

     7. Plan Ahead- Book your moving six to eight weeks before you move. Plan which items go where, and pack by room. Color code the boxes and wrap the fragile items in crumbled newspaper. Make sure to mark "fragile" in BOLD letters. You know how to make sure things are put in the right spot.

     Put essential items like toiletries and clothes aside so they can be quickly unpacked when they are needed. It is also important to move important documents like birth certificates, tax records, and jewelry yourself so you don't lose track of them.

    Keep in Touch- make a list of all the people who need to know you have moved. People like family, friends, utility services, USPS, businesses, and give them your contact information and the date of which it will be in full effect.

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