Getting Ready to Move- What You Need to Know!

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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 Moving listediting 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

review sites.

~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

4 weeks.

~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.


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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Kathy, such good advice! For our first few moves, we were in the military and didn't have to worry about a thing, from packing to moving and unpacking. We learned a lot from those experiences, and they prepared me for subsequent moves when I packed my own things - and knew how to do it!

Oct 31, 2014 07:55 PM #28
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Kathy, Thanks for the list. I will share this post with my clients. Have a good weeekend.

Oct 31, 2014 08:46 PM #29
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good advice here, Kathy. I encourage movers to always understand the insurance. The basics favor the moving company.

Nov 01, 2014 12:36 AM #30
michael zuren
Schmidt Mortgage Company - Willoughby, OH

Kathy, Great advice and tips when moving.

Nov 01, 2014 03:26 AM #31
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Kathy, I totally agree with you, moving can be a nightmare, so we need to be careful.

Nov 01, 2014 04:07 AM #32
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Excellent tips especially calling your insurance provider.  Moving is never fun so doing it right makes a big difference. 

Nov 01, 2014 06:12 AM #33
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Kathy, Moves do not have to be a nightmare experience.  When people hire the cheapest gig in town they get what they pay for. That said, some of them most expensive moving companies have royally screwed up moves. Doing one's homework and hiring a reputable moving company will almost always create a good moving experience.

Nov 01, 2014 06:25 AM #34
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Kathy - recently had to do this with an appartment my dad had.  The contents had to be orchastrated just the way you said and the contents were being delivered to 3 different locations.  It pays to figure everything out in advance then it is one more thing you would need to worry about.

Nov 01, 2014 06:52 AM #35
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

There are really a lot of things that go on with hiring movers good post

Nov 01, 2014 07:09 AM #36
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Moving can be very stressful and people need to be organized to make it easier. This list would help a lot of people get themselves relocated easier.

Nov 01, 2014 11:40 AM #37
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Great blog Kathy Streib .  I picked up a few points in your post which I plan on adding to my Buyers "to do" list. It's good to provide a list like yours rather than recommending a mover.

Nov 01, 2014 11:49 AM #38
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Kathy moving is not easy and you have provided a list of things to make the move easier.

Nov 01, 2014 12:35 PM #39
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kathy Streib - movers are movers! They just want to pack anything and everything NOT attached to the home - so it's a good idea to stay with movers and instruct them accordingly. Preferably, separate the items that is not going to be moved.

Nov 01, 2014 01:06 PM #40
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

It takes experience to move without a mess! Good tips in your post! 

Nov 01, 2014 09:42 PM #41
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

These are some very good tips for getting ready to move and what you need to know.

I agree, you get what you pay for when it comes to movers. It is important to interview AND research. It is also a great time to purge and make donations of unwanted furniture as it will make that truck lighter AND you start out new with less clutter!

Nov 01, 2014 11:21 PM #42
Adell Forbes (REALTOR®)
PalmerHouse Properties - Atlanta, GA
"Knowledge & Experience Working for You"

Kathy- great advice! I needed this several years ago when I experienced the most expensive move in my life!

I used a professional service since I had really lovely pieces and my new place was on the top floor (killer views included).

The distance from my old place to the new one was just short of a 10 min drive....... why my final bill was over $3,000 I have no idea.

I was livid to say the lease, and called the company while the movers were waiting for me to sign off on the paperwork so that they could bill my card for the overage.

I don't remember the conversation but in the end I had to pay the many years later I can understand why.

**when I moved from that location (FL to GA) I had a "yard sale" because I was still scarred from that experience**


Nov 02, 2014 02:50 AM #43
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

The "cheap" part is more important for me. I'll pay double if I know the guys care about my stuff and won't bang up walls and damage furniture. I haven't moved a lot but the times I have moved I'ved had to throw out one piece of furniture at least and made due with scratches on walls and furniture as well.

Nov 02, 2014 04:24 AM #44
Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164
Revelation Real Estate - Mesa, AZ
Reliable, Premier Personal Service since 2001

Great list! This can be the dark side of moving for sure! Thanks for posting this!

Nov 02, 2014 05:25 AM #45
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Kathy, thanks for a useful list for home sellers and home buyers preparing to move.

Nov 02, 2014 06:09 AM #46
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

kathy - such a good post and so deserving of a feature! Cheap is not Good! YAY! 

Nov 02, 2014 07:10 AM #47
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