Your loan is approved, all your legal documents are signed and you have just been handed the keys to your new home. Now you are ready for the big move! The key to your success when moving is to have a plan and be prepared. The following are some ideas and tips to make your move a stress free experience.
Selecting a moving company can be a pretty scary thought. Who is going to take care of my belongings as well as I would?
A referral from a friend is probably your best start, but if you cannot get this, looking in the yellow pages and doing your homework is the next best thing. Begin by calling several (at least three) movers and requesting a no obligation, free written estimate. Professional movers will come to your home promptly and discuss your move in detail before giving you your estimate. Reputable movers will not hesitate to provide this written estimate. Be cautions of those that don’t. Without this estimate, your price can easily increase. One more step you should take before hiring your mover is to check out the moving company’s reputation, reliability, performance record and if there are any claims against them. Reputable movers will provide you with information about past performance, complaint handling procedures and your rights and responsibilities.
Most movers will provide you with two types of free estimates - non-binding and binding. A non-binding estimate is like a “guesstimate” and are based on:
Length of Travel
The extras, such as delivery and pickup times, number of stairs and large items such as pianos.
Do your best to get a binding estimate. These are in the form of a written estimate stating a firm price and are based on:
Number of items being moved
Services rendered (any extras)
Length of Travel
Before you pack for your move, it is a gerat idea to clean out and throw away all unwanted items. Donating these items to a local charity or holding a garage sale is a fun and easy way to do this.
If you would like to save money on your moving expenses, being a self packer is one way; you will need the following materials:
Boxes of all sizes
Newspaper or Packing paper
TIP: Liquor stores and computer stores are good sources for sturdy boxes. Grocery store boxes can be damp and dirty.
HOW TO PACK
Important packing tips:
Never pack the following items:
Remember to fill one box with moving day essentials like paper plates, utensils, cleaning supplies, extension cords, hand tools and paper towels. You may also want to set aside a few days worth of clothes, food and any other essentials you will need.
SEND CHANGE OF ADDRESS CARDS TO:
DISCONNECT UTILITIES, GET REFUNDS FOR ANY DEPOSITS MADE, AND ADVISE WHERE FINAL BILLS ARE TO BE SENT.
TRANSFER BANK ACCOUNTS
NOTIFY INSURANCE COMPANIES
OBTAIN LEGAL RECORDS AND OBTAIN MEDICAL RECORDS FROM: