Want to see your friends get real busy real fast? Tell them you need help packing and moving – it’s amazing the number of times you will hear, “Oh-I’m-sorry-but-I-have-to …” So, plan on minimal help unless you hire someone. Even then, there’s a lot more to do than merely hiring a moving company.
The moving process can be downright overwhelming, but using the home moving checklist at the bottom of this page can help make the process easier.
You don’t necessarily need to run out and purchase a bunch of bins for this part of the process; big boxes will suffice. You’ll need three boxes, and if you have a lot of stuff, you’ll need three boxes for each room in the house. One box will be for items you wish to donate to charity, another for items you want to sell, and a final box for items to give away.
By far, the least expensive way to move your belongings from one point to another is by packing your own belongings, renting a truck, loading, and unloading it yourself. You can also hire someone for help with part of the moving process, such as driving or loading the truck you have rented. You can find moving labor online at sites such as Craigslist, MovingHelp and U-Haul’s Moving Helpers® service.
Tip: Keep in mind that many of the laborers you’ll encounter on Craigslist and other sites may not have worker’s compensation insurance coverage and you may be liable if they are injured on your property. Talk to your homeowner’s insurance agent to determine if your policy covers this circumstance. If not, hire laborers who carry their own policies.
Hiring someone to do all the packing and heavy lifting is expensive but may be necessary for a long-distance move. Finding the right moving company to fit your needs and budget may be the most time-consuming and challenging aspect of the entire move. It also happens to be the most important step.
Ask for referrals: Ask everyone you know for a referral to a good moving company. The consumer advocates at MovingScam.com claim that most of the complaints they receive are from consumers who used the Internet to find the mover. They also suggest:
Request a quote: Request that the representative come to your home for the most accurate moving quote. Ask about any conditions that may cause the cost to escalate, such as additional mileage, weight restrictions, charges for homes with stairs, and add-on costs for items such as bubble wrap and dollies. Find out how the mover deals with repairing, replacing or compensating for damaged items. Finally, ask for all of the information to be provided to you in writing.
Tip: Thursday through Monday moves, and those between June 15 and July 31, are typically more expensive.
Find references online: When you’ve settled on two or three moving companies, check websites like Yelp and Angie’s List for reviews of local businesses written by people who have actually used the service. Also check to see if the business is listed in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
Don’t neglect checking the mover’s licenses at SaferSys.org. You can even check the insurance each mover carries.
Sign the contract: Ensure that the contract clearly spells out the price you were quoted, pick-up and delivery dates, and all policies you discussed with the representative, including insurance, and that the contract is signed. Ask if they offer a tracking service and find out how to track your belongings as they are transported.
Tip: Most professional movers don’t ask for a deposit up front. Never pay in full until you’ve received and checked all of your belongings.
Tasks such as remembering to ask for time off from work to help facilitate the move; forwarding magazine subscriptions; and gathering school, veterinary and medical records for the new location can fall through the cracks during a major move. Keep a pad of paper handy and jot down these tasks as you think of them so they aren’t forgotten.
Don’t forget the essentials you’ll need at the new house when you first arrive. This might include toilet paper, the coffee maker and coffee, pet food, snacks for the kids, toiletries, a complete place setting for each family member, towels, a shower curtain, the mover’s written estimate and the lockbox you purchased for your valuables. This box should remain with you, not the movers.
Now that you know the basics, use our home moving checklist to keep you on track.
Two Months Before the Move:
One Month Before the Move:
Two Weeks Before the Move:
Two Days Ahead:
The Day Before the Move:
Hiring local moving services is the best and perfect idea for shifting your all staff from one place to another place, because they used to pack each and every things in a safe manner with high secure materials.
Great post Shannon.It really important to plan out your days 2 months before while you are moving.I think donating stuff really helps in sorting out thing which we will be taking with us and can decrease the removal budget. I always prefer opting for good man and van service in London because its really difficult to DIY removal process.
Thanks Antonita! It’s always nice to get feedback.
Very informative post!! The Right Moving Company can Relieve a Lot of Moving Anxiety..Thank you for writing such good posts..Keep up the work..