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Basic Moving Tips to Help Easy Your Move


Don’t Change Your Moving Plan and NOT Tell Anyone:

It's fine to change some things about your move, whether it's the move-out date, or deciding you actually DO want to bring the appliances with you. However, you must tell

your moving company. In fact, you can never tell them TOO much. Some things might affect your estimate, and it's better to work that out now rather than doing it during the stress of the move. This isn't a time for surprises, particularly if you're moving during a busy part of the year.


Know your Surroundings

Be sure the moving company has a complete understanding of the access to the property at both origin and destination. It may be necessary for the mover to have completely different types of trucks and equipment depending on the ability to get near the residence to complete your move. Knowing this information in advance will insure that the mover is totally prepared at both ends with the proper equipment and personnel to handle the particulars of your move.


Take Care of the Pets or the Kids:

Pets and kids get in the way during a move, so see if neighbors or friends can watch them during the move. If not, identify a room at your old house and your new house where they can stay while the movers do their job.


Take Care of Things in Advance:

There are many things you can do before your move day. Do them. Change your address, switch your utilities, transfer all medical and dental records, etc. You'll feel glad to get them out of the way so you can concentrate on the other details of your move.


When you move

You're going to be spending a good deal of time with your moving company -- they'll come to your house to give you quotes, they'll pack up your stuff and load it, and then drive it hundreds or thousands of miles and unload it.


Movers will see you when you're both stressed and happy -- and likewise.


So the whole thing is going to go a lot smoother if you have a smooth working relationship with the movers.


Here's how to do it.


Key to having a smooth working relationship with your Movers


Be explicit with your mover about what you do and don't want moved.  First, it will affect you moving cost -- the more stuff you have, the more expensive it will be.


Convey to the mover what things are most important to you during the moving process.  All items in the residence that are most important to you should be pointed out so the mover can give those items special attention. Examples are heirlooms, antiques, memorabilia and any items that cannot be replaced if damaged or lost.


Also, if you want something to stay at the house but the moving company doesn't know it and packs it up, you might pay more because of the greater weight and time, and you'll have the extra hassle of getting it back.


The mover also needs to know about any items that require special packaging or services. Certain items in a typical household may require servicing by a third party company instead of the moving company. Examples would be appliance servicing, pianos, crating of large glass or marble pieces, and disassembly of items such as gym equipment, pool tables or large outdoor play sets.


Finally, treat your movers with respect. It's not an easy job -- it requires one to exert a great deal of physical strength -- but still have a gentle touch so nothing is damaged.  Have treats and drinks ready for your movers if it is a going to be a long day of moving.  It is hard for your moving crew to leave during breaks and get proper nourishment.  Help from you, the customer, can make your experience with the mover faster and more pleasant by keeping them hydrated and energized with cool drinks and snacks.


In the end, honest communication with your moving company is the key to having a SUCCESSFUL move.