8 Things Not To Forget When MovingJanuary 27th, 2020
Moving is a stressful event, but sometimes it is just part of life. With all the hustle and bustle that comes with it, you may forget some simple tasks. Use this checklist to keep you on the right track when you’re packing and making arrangements.
Make Sure to Change Your Address
You can change your address by registering with officially registering with the post office. The USPS will forward your mail for a year after moving. Let the post office you are moving around 30 days before you move. They will make sure your bills and other priority mail makes it to your new residence.
Cancel Your Utilities and Home Services
Call your utilities in advance to let them know the last day you’ll be needing them. This can include your cable, phone, water, electric, lawn care, pest control, cleaning services, and home security. Make sure to coordinate these with your moving date so you don’t end up going a few days without basic necessities.
Update Insurance and Registration
Let your insurance representative know that you are moving. This includes insurance for home, car, life, and health insurance. Moving to a new state or city can change the prices you are currently paying. When updating your car insurance, don’t forget to update your car’s registration as well.
Tell Your Employer
If you are doing a local move and not leaving your job, make sure you let your job know. They will need to update company records.
Clean Your Space That You’re Moving Out Of
After everything is moved out of your current home, make sure to clean and vacuum. It may not be a bad idea to hire a cleaning service to do it. Less stress on you, and it will be spotless. If you are renting, this will ensure you get back your security deposit. If you are selling your home and it’s still on the market after you leave, this can be a big selling point to potential buyers.
Updating Online Accounts
If you are a regular online shopper, make sure you aren’t having your purchases sent to your old address. This is a good time to update your address with your online banking, doctor portals, and other things that you use online.
Walking Through Your New Space
Once you get to your new home, do a walk through of the space to make yourself familiar with key features in the house. Be on the lookout for carbon monoxide detectors, electric panel, smoke detectors, and sump pump if there is one. Make sure they’re all working.
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How to Avoid Moving ScamsJanuary 27th, 2020
With all the stressing and planning that comes with a move, moving scammers will try to get you to trust them with their low prices and promised professionalism. Scammers will most likely hurry the conversation past pricing and will neglect to talk about terms of service until every one of your belongings is already packed up and on their truck. From there, they’ll change the price.
If you haven’t read through the moving contract thoroughly enough (or didn’t even sign one at all) you are probably going to have a tough time getting your belongings back with out a big ransom payment.
If You Are Suspicious, Don’t Use Them
Reasonable moving estimates are the key to differentiating criminals posing as movers and legitimate long-distance movers. If you are using a real interstate moving company, they will most likely check out your items and ask questions about packing, planning, and delivery.
If the sales pitch from a mover seems too good to be true, then they are definitely leaving out some details. Always insist on getting every inch of information from them, including a final cost. Don’t sign anything unless you get all the information you need.
Be on the lookout for movers who quote your long-distance move by the cubic footage of truck space, and not by the estimated weight. This can be fine for smaller moves, but interstate moves based upon volume are illegal without a weigh factor. If you are quoted this way, report it to the FMCSA.
If you are taking place in a large move, then you should be having your belongings visually estimated. Over-the-phone bids are not going to be accurate if they can’t see what you are moving.
If you notice that the estimator is at your house for a small amount of time, that’s a bad sign. They should be taking their time to see every room in your home, including closets, and ask you important questions.
Always make sure you insist on signing a contract before the movers take any of your belongings. Moving scammers are known for adding on fees for packing or heavy items. Know exactly what you’re paying before making any moves.
More Warning Signs
Other things to look our for include upfront deposits, suspicious terms and conditions, and rights and responsibilities. Legitimate movers should never ask for any sort of deposit before loading the truck. If you are presented with vague agreements that don’t fully protect your belongings or payments, it’s probably a scam. Lastly, Federal Law requires that licensed movers give customers a packed titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”. Make sure you receive this packet.
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Prepping For a MoveNovember 22nd, 2019
Packing up and moving doesn’t need to be as hard as some make it seem to be. There are ways to make it easier on you, as well as keep you organized. Although the idea of moving is stressful, take the time to make it a more enjoyable process. Most of the time, you’re on to bigger and better things, so celebrate it!
Keeping a Notebook
Designate a notebook or journal to your move. This can hold to-do lists, paperwork, or budget information. This way, everything is in one place and other people living with you can access it too. Utilize sticky notes or page dividers to have easy access to certain pages. This notebook is also a good place to write reminders and where certain things are packed to make it easier to organize.
Before you start your move, it is important to create a budget. This can include the quote for movers, price of boxes, renting a moving truck, cleaning your home prior to moving out, storage units or temporary storage while moving, and more. This costs add up, so it’s important to keep track of where your money is going so nothing gets mixed up. These prices can also be added to your moving notebook or binder.
Changing Your Address Before Moving
Before you even begin packing, write down in your notebook a list of essential utilities, people, or organizations that you need to contact about a new address before your move. This can include your USPS mail, forwarding mail for the first month or so, utilities such as water, gas, electric, garbage, etc., online shopping accounts, notifying bank accounts and your insurance company, updating your address on your license, and any other companies you send bills to.
Try to Get Free Moving Materials
If you can, don’t spend money on moving supplies if you don’t have to. Cutting costs where you can during this process can save you a ton of money in the end. Visit a local store or supermarket to see if they have any boxes they’re giving away. You can get huge boxes from places like this. Smaller boxes are also great for tinier items that are fragile and breakable.
Moving can be a lot, but staying organized will make it better for everyone. Take these steps to relieve some stress and make your move more enjoyable!
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Tips for Moving During the HolidaysNovember 20th, 2019
Packing up your home and moving around the holidays can be a big pain that no one wants to deal with. Having so much going on and seasonal distractions, it’s hard to focus on this annoying task you might find yourself stuck doing. Luckily, moving around the holidays is a whole lot easier if you know how to be well prepared and organized.
1.Timing of your Holiday Move
While not considered “peak moving season”, holiday time can be a busy season for moving companies. Their workers have holidays to celebrate too, after all! If you are planning on moving around the holiday season, make sure you book a moving company ASAP.
Avoiding Holiday Weekends
Moving on a holiday weekend (i.e, the weekend following Thanksgiving) is pricier than standard weekends. As well as the price, traffic will be a concern as well. Roads will be filled with many people traveling and shopping. The U.S Department of Transportation states that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the busiest times to travel during the year.
Packing up your holiday decor and belongings can be sad. Making sure you are organized enough to unpack them when you get to your new home can make your life a whole lot easier.
Organizing Your Belongings
Keep your holiday decorations and belongings in a separate box or boxes to have easy access when you get to your new place. That way, you’ll be able to get into the holiday spirit in no time. You can also have the movers make sure they place your decorations in your living room to make sure you can unpack them first, if that’s what you want.
3. Safety of Your New Home
Robberies and home invasions skyrocket during the holiday season. Make sure you set up a security system in your new home to be safe. Robbers look for homes that have new owners, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Unpacking to stay safe
Try to unpack your big boxes and furniture soon after you move in. This way, people won’t see all of your belongings just sitting there through your window in one area. If you are moving from a long distance and are having your boxes delivered, be sure to take them inside as soon as you know they get there to decrease the change of holiday package theives from taking your household items.
4. Winter Weather
Snow can make moving a hard task, but you sadly can’t control the weather. If you’re in the colder parts of the country (i.e, New England), there is always the possibility of snow and ice. Icy roads and slippery walkways can add to what might be an already difficult move.
Make sure you’re dressed correctly for a winter move. If it is snowy and icy, make sure you have winter boots on and gloves. Also have ice melt/salt and some shovels available to make life easier. As for boxes, maybe try to mix in some plastic bins for important items so that your moving boxes don’t get soggy and have snow seep through.
After your move is done, you can finally relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday season!
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Tips for Moving in the WinterOctober 28th, 2019
Nobody likes to move, but it’s even worse if you have to move in the winter. Colder temperatures and harsh weather make a winter move especially daunting, but there are a few ways to make it easier! These winter moving tips may not be able to make it feel like summer again, but they’ll surely make for a better moving experience!
Hire a Professional
Attempting a winter move by yourself is not a good idea. You’ll be able to save time and be safer if you hire professional movers. Call different moving companies to find the best value. Remember, the best value doesn’t mean the lowest price! Look for a reasonable price paired with great experience, insurance, and positive references.
Schedule the Move Early
Daylight is shorter during the winter so try to schedule your move early in the day. This way, movers won’t be working in the dark or at the coldest part of the day. Account for drive time between your old place and your new place before choosing a moving time.
Clear the Way for Movers
Get up before movers are due to arrive and clear the driveway, walkways, and sidewalk from any snow or ice. It’s a good idea to throw down some winter salt too to help prevent slipping. When you arrive at the new location, clear the way there as well. If a mover slips in the snow not only will your personal items get damaged, but they could get hurt too!
Turn Utilities on Before the Move
Turn the utilities on in your new home a day or two before you actual moving day. That way, you can have the heat turned up and ensure the movers will have a place to warm up in between loads. It’s always appreciated if you’re able to provide a warm beverage like coffee or hot chocolate too! Keep the utilities on at your current house until the move is over so they’ll be able to stay warm during the initial loading process too.
When you’re moving in the winter remember that the movers hate it just as much as you do, so getting it over with quickly and safely should be the common goal. Don’t forget to ask about winter moving discounts since it’s a slow time of year for moving companies! Try to watch the weather forecast and if moving day is expected to get a lot of bad winter weather, it may be best to reschedule for a different day.
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