Moving is always hard. Whether you are moving to NYC, moving to New York, or moving to Brooklyn, it is always good to get some tips from a reliable moving company. Any new task that you did not perform before, or that you perform rarely tend to be hard and stressful. The more research you do and the more prepared you are for the move, the less stress and anxiety will be involved with the move. U. Santini moving and storage created the following moving check list to help you prepare for a successful move.
Two months before the move:
1. Get rid of stuff – Make and execute on a plan to go through every room of your house, every cupboard, dresser, vanity and hamper, and decide what you’d like to keep and what is not worth moving. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage. Make a list of these items and discuss them with your moving professional before deciding how to deal with each item on this list.
2. Research – Moving is like any new and unfamiliar task you need to perform. The more you research and familiarize yourself with the task ahead, the easier it will be for you to perform the task and potentially save money on your moving day. – Start researching moving companies in your are. Google is a good place to see which moving companies are local and have good and easy to understand websites. Ask your friends and relatives for referrals, post a question on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social networks you use about local moving companies and what was your friend’s experience with them. Check the DOT, (Department of transportation) and the BBB (Better business bureau). Check the company’s Yelp ratings to see how other customers rate their services.
3. Get an estimate for the price of your move – After you narrowed down the options for the moving company, get a written, preferably binding estimate for the job. Do not rely on a quote over the phone. Make sure you get this estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a US DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it.
4. Start a Moving binder – Moving can be complex sometimes and it is good to have a central depository of all your tasks, timeline, vendors and contacts. Put all the information in a binder and use this binder to keep track of everything: Estimates, receipts, an inventory of all the items you’re moving, telephone numbers etc. If you prefer to have everything in a digital format, than create a Google Docs folder and upload all the information to this folder. This way, you will have the information at your finger tips through your phone, laptop and tablet.
5. Organize school records: Contact your children’s schools and request that they send their records to the new school district. Allow enough time for this and verify that the records have been sent before the move date.
Six weeks before the move:
1. Get packing supplies – Order boxes and other moving supplies such as tapes and bubble wrap if you intend to pack your belonging yourself. Packing is time consuming and you will need adequate boxes for fragile items such as dishes, electronics, expensive suites or dresses etc. Get in touch with your local grocery or supermarket and see if you can get some free boxes from them. This can save you money on the packing materials bill. Make sure that the boxes you get from these sources are clean and are not infested by cockroaches, ants etc.
2. Use perishables -Start using the stocks of cans, dried foods and other staples that you a already have in the house. Don’t purchase new food items if you do not need to. It will be inefficient to pack and move these items when you can consume the food you already have.
3. Make sure everything you own fits in your new space – Measure all of your furniture pieces and the size of the rooms in your new place. Make sure that all of your pieces are going to fit in the new spaces. If something is not going to fit, sell it at a yard sale to donate it before the move date.
Four weeks before the move:
1. Choose your mover: At this time you should be set on the moving company you are going to hire. Select the right company for your move and confirm their availability for the date and time of the move. Pay a deposit if it is needed to secure your move date and time. Make sure that you verify the move details, including price with the moving company representative.
2. Start packing – Start packing everything you don’t intend to use before the move. Out of season clothing, seldom used toys, rarely used kitchen equipment and the likes should be packed first. Packing is cry time consuming. Make sure that you set a side a block of time daily to pack some items. It is very hard to pack a whole house on the last day before the move. Try to avoid this situation. You will have enough to do on the days prior to the move without having to pack a massive amount of boxes.
3. Label everything: Label every box clearly in permanent markers. Color code the boxes with different color stickers according to the room they need to be brought to in your new place. Write a short inventory description on every box. Create a more detailed inventory list for your move needs. It will become handy as you unpack your boxes in the new location.
4. Separate your valuables: Make sure that you separate your family valuables such as jewelry, stock certificates, important documents from all of the other items. You can use a strong box to transport these valuables yourself to the new home. Check with your insurance broker and find out how to indue these items during the move.
5. Notify everybody; This is the time to start telling the world that you are moving. Notify institutions such as banks, other financial institutions, (brokerage firms etc.) magazine subscriptions, cable company, cellular carrier etc. Friends and family. Most notification scan be done through a change of address form that comes with the monthly bill or statement. Otherwise you should check the vendor’s website for a change of address mechanism, or you can just call the company and notify them about your move. You might need to schedule a time for the cable company to pick up its box and your Internet provider might need to pick up your old modem.
6. Change of address: Notify the post office about the change of address, so they can forward your mail to the new address. You can do so i=on the USPS.gov website or by filling out a form in the post office.
7. Forward your medical records: Ask your current doctor to forward your and your family records to a provider in the new place. If you don’t have a medical provider yet, than ask for your records and give them yourself to the new doctor when you get to choosing him/her.
Two weeks before the move:
1. Take time off – Make sure that you have time off work on the day of the move. Try to get a longer time off period if you intend to pack and make final arrangements on the last days before the move.
2. Confirm all of your move arrangements : Call your moving company and reconfirm all of the details of your move.
3. Check the weather and meme sure there are no storms expected on the day of the move.
4. Sell/discard unwanted items: Notify your neighbors that you are moving and selling great stuff for great prices and try to sell all of the items that you do not intend to move to your new home. Donate all the items that were not sold in the garage sale to charity or trash them.
One week before
1. Finish your packing a few days before the move. Pack suitcase or back packs for yourself and your family that include clothes and basic necessities, (toiletries, medicines, books, laptops etc.) that they will use on the first few days in your new home. It will take some time to unpack everything and the daily necessities need to stay handy.
2. Refill prescriptions: Make sure that you have all the medicines you need for the next few weeks before the day of the move. You will not have time to go to the pharmacy on move day.
1. Verify the moving details with the moving company’s foreman before work starts.
2. Make sure that you have the means to pay the movers by the end of the job (Credit card, certified check or cash are the common methods of payment).
3. Have enough cash on you for unexpected expenses or occurrences.
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