Moving to a new home can be an exciting, but stressful journey. By finding the right movers and having a good, yet flexible moving plan, most of the common moving headaches can be easily avoided. Being organized from the start will help you after the move!
Finding the best mover for you at the right price involves a simple evaluation of your needs. Moving companies provide a wide range of services, from planning your move, storing your things, packing and unpacking, to decorating and organizing your belongings in your new home. You can choose which services you want and have them tailored to suit your budget.
When you compare price and service estimates from several companies, you will find that estimates are based on the weight of your household items, the distance they will be moved, and the amount of packing and other services you will require. Be sure to show the estimator every item that will be moved. Estimates should be done in person and include a clear explanation of rates and charges that will apply, the mover’s liability for your belongings, pick-up and delivery schedules and claims protection.
If you are moving interstate, you should read and understand all of the information you will receive. In addition to brochures explaining their services, moving companies should give you a copy of a consumer booklet titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” and information regarding the mover’s participation in a Dispute Settlement Program. Distribution of the consumer booklet and the requirement that movers must offer shippers neutral arbitration as a means of settling disputes that may arise concerning loss or damage on household goods shipments are requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Even in the most well-planned moves, something unexpected may happen. In those instances, insurance is crucial. Check with your homeowner’s insurance provider about coverage for your belongings while moving. Your mover will provide either released value insurance (about $.060 per pound of goods lost or damaged, according to NAVL.com) or full replacement value, which you must sign for on your bill of lading. If you are not sure how to estimate the value of your belongings for insurance purposes, your insurance carrier can help. Items of special value such as heirlooms, paintings, or collectibles can be insured under separate riders. In the event of damage to an item, file a claim immediately. Be sure to save the packing materials to show to the adjuster, should there be any problems.
Packing Up and Moving On
Once the time has come to start packing and organizing, here are some tips to make the process smooth:
- Start by packing the things you use most infrequently or less often. This is the time to decide if it is something you really want to keep and must go with the move.
- Take photos of all valuable items. Make sure you have good photos with the date stamped on the pictures to showcase the condition of your valuables prior to the move. This will help you in the event of damage and filing any necessary claims.
- Pare down items that have accumulated over time by grouping them into 3 categories: Keep, Donate or Throw Away. Easier said than done, but it will be especially helpful to you when you arrive at the new home and ready to unpack. You may be surprised at how many items are donated or thrown out. Create an inventory sheet of valuables and a list of which boxes they were packed in. This will be most helpful later on when you cannot find something, but you have it on your list.
- Label your boxes according to the rooms where they’ll be moved–bedroom #2, 1st floor bathroom, etc. Consider using different colored stickers/tape for each room to close the boxes. The visual will be helpful to the movers as well and will ensure that boxes can be grouped in similar order or placed in specific rooms per your instruction.
- Provide your movers with copies of the floor plan of your new home, so they can move more efficiently without having to stop and ask you where things go. The simpler the floor plan with the name of each room will allow the movers to go quickly with their unloading process.
- Try to keep boxes under 50 lbs. whenever possible. Put heavier items in smaller boxes to reduce bulkiness and place lighter items in larger boxes. Make sure there is adequate filler in the boxes to ensure they do not buckle under the weight of other boxes being stacked upon them.
- Dispose of items that cannot be moved, like flammable liquids, cleaning fluids, etc. Prepare your mower by emptying the fuel and recycle your propane grill tanks.
- Snap a photo of the back of electronic devices so you know which wires to attach when setting them up in your new home. Add a piece of masking tape to each cord and clearly write in marker what the cord goes to, in the event that the cord(s) get separated from the device.
- Pack all bills and important paperwork in a large manila envelope and write IMPORTANT on the front of it, so you do not lose it in the move. These should stay with you.
- Pack an overnight bag with moving day essentials, including toiletries, clothes, medications and charger cords. You will be glad you were so organized on moving day!
For more information on buying or selling your home, you can reach out to The De Sena Group at Network Real Estate at (530)271-3867 office or (530)277-3307 cell.
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