Moving Resource Center
Planning a big move?
Many aspects surround moving — from the initial packing
to making sure your possessions arrive on time and safe. We have to put together
list of answers to some of the most popular questions about moving.
When should I begin planning my move?
Of course the stock answer here is as much time as possible. We do realize this is not always feasible due to life changes like relocating for a new job. In this case, a move can be planned in several days with proper organization. A four week move preparation plan is what we think is optimal.
What service providers should I contact to inform them of my move?
The best rule of thumb is to make a list of creditors and service providers you regularly receive mail from. Some examples are the postal service, landscapers, exterminators, utility companies, your bank and credit card companies.
Do you have children? If so, don't forget to get copies of school records and transfer paperwork. It will also be necessary to get copies of medical records for school enrollment.
Is it better to move yourself (the DIY approach) or use a professional mover?
There are several determining factors to take into account when deciding on using movers or doing it yourself. Cost is usually the most important factor. We recommend getting some professional mover quotes from various companies. Movers typically charge either by the hour or a flat fee.
Once you have received your professional moving quotes, you can then compare them with the cost of renting a truck, gas, buying boxes and soliciting family and friends to help you pack and move. Don't forget to factor in your time — time is money after all!
What is the most efficient way to pack my belongings to move?
It is best if you have several weeks to plan a packing strategy. Go room to room and mark belongings that you want to take with you, what you want to throw away and what you think you can donate to a worthy cause. If you have enough items to get rid of, think of having a garage sale before your move. You may even make some extra money for your moving expenses.
Once you have purged all unnecessary items and know exactly what you want to take, you can begin packing your boxes.
I want to have an organized move. Do you have any packing tips?
Packing your boxes by room can help keep you organized. All boxes should be marked with the room name. If there are breakable items in the box, mark that accordingly as well and make sure you use plenty of newspaper or bubble wrap to ensure they arrive at your new home safely. Items you will not need before your move should be packed first like your spoons from around the world collection and Mom's wedding china.
A color coding system is an excellent way to stay organized and assist the movers in putting boxes in the proper room. It's also a great way to get the kids involved making sure all the boxes are marked correctly.
Is there a way to make my move less stressful?
Preparation and organization are the best way to stay ahead of this stressful situation.
If you have pets, make sure they are confined during the move to lessen any potential safety concerns for your pet or the people you hired to move your possessions. Having your children help by moving some of their own possessions like their toys will keep them occupied and involved in the process.
Moving is an all day proposition and can take a lot of your energy. Drink plenty of water and keep some snacks around to keep you hydrated and your energy up.
When the house is empty and you are ready to move on, don't forget to do a final walkthrough to make sure you didn't forget anything.
Do you have any tips for a quick move?
Being relocated for your job or losing your house to foreclosure may force you to move out quickly, thus creating a highly stressful situation.
It is important not to panic and make any rash decision that will hurt you in the long run. Stay clam and as organized as possible. Don't leave your home a mess or take things from the house that should stay, like appliances.
Following these moving tips can help alleviate your moving stress and make a smooth transition to your new home.