Most people have moved at least once in their lives, but for some, it has been quite a long time OR the thought of moving is so overwhelming (either because of a bad experience or because moving all of your life’s treasures is just difficult by nature) that they just don’t even know where to start. Here are a few tips for a successful and less stressful move:
*A quick note: Some Moving expenses are tax-deductible, so save receipts and check with a tax professional for details
1) This probably goes without saying, but plan ahead. Do not make the physical move and packing the last item on your list. You will need time to get on a mover’s schedule and determine your timeline for packers, etc.
2) Considerations for Moving within the state vs. out-of-state. Moving out-of-state is a little more complex and requires more coordination. Moving charges will be calculated differently depending on whether or not you are staying within the stave or leaving the state. Within the state, charges are usually based on an hourly rate plus any additional services. Between states, will often be calculated by weight and other factors, so it is helpful to get a specialized moving consultant/coordinator to lay out your options and help you determine what the best course of action is. Many interstate moving companies include this service as part of their initial quote.
3) Make sure the company you are interviewing sends someone to the house to give a quote and do not accept a quote over the phone. The last thing you want is to expect one price and get another on the day of the move. Some companies will guarantee their price quote…this gives you assurance that you will actually pay what you have been quoted, regardless of unexpected factors such as whether the move took longer than expected because of traffic or bad weather.
4) Make sure that the company insures the goods for damage or loss and find out how much coverage you receive per item. In many cases, you pay an additional fee for full coverage but basic coverage is only a percentage on the dollar or weight.
5) Get the kiddos on board: we all know that moves are difficult, but kids (who love routine, can get especially upset by a move if care isn’t taken to prepare them). Help them feel more comfortable by keeping open dialogue about the move, introducing them to the neighborhood and maintaining as much of a normal routine as you can. Try to get them involved in the packing by allowing them to pack their toys and favorite belongings in their own special box.
6) Make a plan for the pets…either to stay with a friend or family member during the move to reduce anxiety and/or keep them out-of-the-way. If flying or driving a long distance, make a plan for how you will keep them comfortable. If flying, it is a good idea to take them to the vet first to get copies of vaccinations and other health records, and determine if some sort of sedation is needed to get them through the trip. Also check with your airline for their guidelines on moving animals. For long car rides, get them accustomed to riding in the car ahead of time if they are not already.
7) Finally, the moving consultant you meet with can give you all sorts of options and tips on how to make the move successful, such as how to properly pack certain fragile or special items and what to expect from the moving team, so listen to their recommendations. If they have none, you may want to consider interviewing someone else :).
*And a little reminder…don’t forget to coordinate utilities in the new house and the home you are leaving ahead of time. It is important to transfer utilities out of your name as of the closing date or to be safe, the day after and have the utilities put into your name as of the closing date in your new home. This can sometimes take coordination between buyer and seller so that there is a seamless transition and there is no interruption in service or undue paying of reconnection fees.
Happy moving all!