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Moving Guide

General Tips

General tips before you move

Now you have made an offer the seller couldn't refuse it's time to plan your move. This may be your first moving experience or you may have moved before. Either way, your best bet is making a checklist. Just to make sure you don't forget anything.
Choosing a Mover: 
Choosing a mover also takes a lot of investigating. Moving companies provide a variety of services for a range of fees. It is a good idea to talk with different movers to compare their services. To find out who the best movers are in your area, begin by asking friends about their experiences with the movers they have used. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer organizations in your local area. Take a look at our "How to pick a mover guide". It might give you some helpful tips.
Moving Seasons:
Remember, the moving industry has a "peak" and "off peak" season. The "peak" season for movers is during the summer. Also, the beginning and the end of the month or end of the year holidays are extra busy for movers. During that period of time the demand for moving equipment, vans, and personnel is heavy.
When You Should Move:
Your move should occur at a time that is convenient for you. However, you should consider if you want to transfer your children during the school term as well as other factors involving your family. If your move can be rescheduled for another time when the van line agent will be able to accommodate your preferred delivery dates, you may be able to reduce your moving cost.
Get a Visual Estimate:
Call or email the van line agents that you selected to set up a visual survey-moving estimate with a relocation consultant at home. The relocation consultant will prepare an estimate in writing and submit it to you.
What You Will Take With You:
Decide what items you want to ship and what will be discarded. Inspect your home; check your attic to your basement, before the relocation consultant will arrive. Show the consultant everything that you will be moving.
Packing Supplies:
If you decide to do your own packing, get packing supplies and start collecting strong boxes suitable for moving. Complete all your packing by moving day.
Company Relocation:
If your company is relocating you, find out what portion of your moving expense will be paid your company.
Antiques & Special Furniture:
Obtain a written appraisal of antiques to verify their value. Do not retouch, wax or oil wood furniture before moving. Some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Change of Address:
Notify the post office that you will be moving. Provide them with a new address (permanent or temporary).



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