Introduction to Moving
When you make a decision
to move to a new home there must be thousands of questions you want to have
answers for. Whether this will be your first of fifth time moving, most of the
tips in this guide will make it easier for you to have a stress-free moving
The information in this
guide has been gathered from moving industry veterans and many other important
sources. Please, read it carefully, and have an easy move!
When to move
What to move
How to move
Preparing for the move
What to do after the move
When to move
Question number one
would be: "when is the best time for me to move?"
You should plan your
move to take place at a time convenient for you and your family. However, due to
a seasonal nature of the moving industry you should remember that during certain
periods it will be harder to find a good mover, and the prices tend to be
Those periods include:
1) The summer months
– for many families with children summer is the most convenient time to move
because the school term is up. In addition, summer weather is usually more
suitable for moving.
2) Beginning and end of each
first and last days of each month, regardless of season, are very busy days for
the moving industry.
3) End of the year holiday
during end of December things tend to be especially hectic.
During the "peak"
periods the demand for moving services is higher, and so are the prices. In
addition, it is more difficult for the moving companies to ensure the quality of
service that you would expect, making your move even more stressful.
To learn more about
different factors influencing the cost of your move read
Guide->Planning your moving budget
What to move
Question number two would be "what should I move to a new place, and what to
General rule of thumb: an item that hasn't been used in over year should be
considered for selling, donating, recycling, or just thrown away. Consult your
family members – maybe someone needs it.
sure you inspect your house from top to bottom and decide what is going and what
is staying. If you plan to have a visit from a visual estimator make sure you
know exactly what you want the moving company to move for you. Show all those
items to the estimator.
might have things that you don't want to part with, but which will inevitably be
stored in a storage, shed, or garage after the move. Those items should be
packed very well in containers that are rodent, moisture and dust proof. To
learn more about preparing your items for storing read
Guide->Moving Storage Tips.
items can't be moved at all, or should be moved with a special care. Those items
include hazardous materials, perishables, and personal and valuable items. To
learn more about do-not-move items read
Moving Guide->Do-not-move Items.
How to move
question will be "how am I going to move? Should I do it myself, or should I
hire a moving company?"
a three general ways to move:
1) Hire a full service moving company that will do everything for you;
2) Rent a truck and move yourself;
3) Hire a self moving company that will provide you with a truck and a driver, but
you will have to load and unload by yourself.
Regardless of the option
you choose, remember to reserve your moving services or truck well ahead to
secure your moving date and time. Read more to learn how to:
Also, when exploring your
moving options consider the following tips:
Hiring helpers – if you decide to move
yourself you might want to use extra help to load or unload. There are companies
that offer moving labor only. You can find such company in our Moving Labor section.
Small moves – if your shipment is really
small and can fit in a small van your move is considered small move. Some
companies (often called as "Man-with-a-Van") offer inexpensive services for
small moves. You can find such company in our Small Move section.
- If you are hiring a professional, it's a good idea to insure your belongings.
Replacement of damaged belongings is bothersome, but possible with proper
coverage. Find out if your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers your
belongings in transit. To learn more about moving insurance read our
Guide->Insuring your belongings
– It's important to pay attention to the doorways and hallways in your new
house. Some of your old furniture might not fit, and will have to be abandoned.
Check the space for your laundry and kitchen appliances, such as refrigerator.
And finally, check out where TV, phone and internet connections are located.
– If you decide to use an auto transport service to move your car, consult
Guide->Car moving tips.
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4. Preparing for the move
5. Moving day
6. What to do after the move