Getting Ready to Move- What You Need to Know.
Home stagers don’t often get involved with the moving process when we assist our clients in preparing their home for sale. All we can do is suggest that sellers begin immediately editing what they have before the move.
Having recently helped a friend move, and having personally moved about 8 times, there are some things you need to know to help make your move go a bit better.
~Don’t settle for cheap.
You’re moving your household goods…. don’t hire cheap and wish you hadn’t when your heirloom vase arrives in 20 pieces.
~Do your homework.
There are Federal rules and regulations that govern movers. Learn your rights and what to expect.
~Get references and check them.
Trust me, if someone has had a bad experience with a mover, they will be happy to shout it to the world. Check Yelp or other online
~Know what counts:
Distance and weight do make a difference.
The further your goods will travel and the heavier your load, the
more you’ll pay.
~For my very first move from my apartment, the carrier arrived and told me they would have to charge me more because of the distance between the parking lot and my apartment!~
How it’s packed.
You can save money by packing up everything yourself, but make
sure you know what you’re doing and that you have the right
If you obtain insurance from the moving company, items that you
pack yourself may not be covered for damage.
Let your carrier know of special needs items such as a
piano or pool table.
~We have had to pay for a special service to build a crate for our
stuffed turkey.. in flight! With each move, the size of the crate
would grow by 2 or 3 feet. ~
~Give your carrier as much notice as you can!
Begin calling and interviewing movers as soon as you know you’ll be
moving. Give your movers as much notice as you can… at least 3 to
~Call your homeowners insurance agent.
Find out what coverage you’ll have from your insurance company
for the move. Will your goods be covered while in transport and/or
~Packers can work quickly because they pack
exactly what they see.
I just saw an empty tissue box and the door chimes packed and
moved! This is how movers can pack in a day or 2. They don’t ask
questions. If it’s there and not attached to the house, it gets
Don’t have your move turn into a nightmare.
Take the time to choose the right mover for you.
Here are 4 more tips for a smooth move.