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Moving Basics


Here are some additional general moving tips that will be advantageous to consider during your move.

  • Certain times of the year are busier moving times. It's wise to plan ahead and make sure there is availability on the day you want to move.

  • It is important to book your moving services well ahead to secure your ideal moving date.

  • Remember that time is important on moving day. For instance, if you have a waterbed, it is likely to take around two hours to empty the water! So plan ahead and consider doing certain tasks the night before.

Don't Make Avoidable Mistakes:


  • When looking for properties, don't forget to measure the space for your refrigerator and other kitchen or laundry appliances.

  • Find out if your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers your belongings in transit.

  • It is important to remember that all pools and spas that can hold water must have appropriate barriers to prevent access by young children.

  • It's a good idea to compare measurements of the doorways and hallways in your new home. You may actually need to sell or donate some items.

  • Don't forget to be environmentally friendly! Flatten all your moving boxes for recycling. Many moving companies will pick them up after your move.

Don't Forget the Bills and Expenses:


  • It is important to arrange finances for quick cash to cover unexpected or emergency moving-related expenses.

  • Make sure that direct debit and billing links to your bank accounts are organized to handle any changes resulting from your move.

  • Be sure to settle all bills that may be overlooked in the move a few days before moving day.

  • Budget wisely for forgotten items you may need once you move in to your new home. Did you remember to find out if your home comes with a hose, for instance?

  • Make sure to get several free moving quotes to help you better estimate the price of your move.

Keep it or Part with it?:


  • A general rule of thumb is if something hasn't been used in over 12 months, seriously consider selling or donating it. Help from a family member or friend will ensure you remain objective.

  • Things that you have a hard time parting with, but which will inevitably be stored in a garage, storage facility, or shed after the move should be packed in stackable containers that are rodent and dust proof.

Take Care of your Food:


  • Be prepared to order take-out food or eat out on the first couple of nights in your new home. Chances are you'll feel too tired to cook, but even if you do feel like cooking, most of your kitchen appliances will probably still be packed away.

  • Make sure you use up your frozen foods or dispose of ones you have not used. Never let them thaw and try to refreeze them again. Not only will be there be less to transport, but you will also avoid the risk of food spoilage.

  • Enjoy your Old Home, New Home, and Even Moving Day!?!

  • You'll be able to browse through some wonderful memories in years to come by making a video or album of your old home. Don't forget to include neighbors and friends!

  • You'll have more time to enjoy settling into your new home if you clean your belongings before they are moved.

  • Fun music will create a positive mood when it's time to start packing and unpacking. Turning the TV on may be too distracting.

Do Right by the Buyers:


  • It is important to make it quite clear to prospective buyers/tenants exactly what is included with the property. Are any appliances included? What about window treatments, rugs, etc.?

  • You should always shut and lock all windows and doors as you leave your old home on moving day.

How do People Come out of Moves Alive, Happy, and with Most of their Belongings in Tact?:


  • Use colorful tags to indicate each destination if your furniture and household items are being delivered to different locations.

  • A couch can usually be moved into your new home more easily by standing it on end and twisting it through the doorway.

  • A close friend or relative can help out on moving day by acting as a message center for you if you don't have a mobile phone.

  • You will need to consider your current work situation and whether it's important to live close to work before you decide where to live.

  • Your local newspaper can be a great resource for finding out about facilities, services and events in your new neighborhood.

  • Don't despair if you are not totally happy with your new home on the day you move in. Keep in mind that most homes can be adapted over time to suit your lifestyle and tastes.

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