Make moving easier – Starting early and breaking down task into manageable time frames will reduce the pressure and potential mishaps. To avoid surprises, allow at least four to six weeks to prepare.
Offload and Organize
Get organized and dispose of unwanted furniture and possessions. Clean the items you want to take to your new home; it will make packing easier and unpacking much more enjoyable. You may also want to:
- Hold a garage sale or advertise furniture sale
- Donate unwanted items to charitable organizations
- Coordinate with your sanitation department to haul away bulk items or extra garbage
- Drain power equipment and grills of oil or fuel and have it properly disposed of
Get Estimates From At Least 3 Companies
Ask the movers to provide you with two estimates, one that includes packing and one that does not.
Big Item Moving:
Check with each moving company in regards to how they wrap items and furniture. Find out if padding and packing artwork, lamps and mirror are part of the estimates.
Most movers automatically insure for a nominal amount, which may or may not cover the cost of replacement.
Be sure to get your date in writing and provide a deposit, but do not pay in full until the move is completed and you are satisfied.
Tip: Unless you pay the moving company to pack your items for you, they usually will not handle loose items, such as utensils, tools or clothing. Be sure to have the details worked out with the mover beforehand.
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Boxes you don’t want buried in the back of the truck
For quick access after you move, consider separating boxes containing the following items:
- Basic kitchen supplies
- Bed linens
- Toiletries and medications
- A few outfits and school supplies for children
- Pet food and medication
- Household items like light bulbs and trash bags
- Tools and flashlights