The pros might be doing all the heavy lifting, but you still have to prepare. Are you ready for moving day?
Get several estimates so that you're assured of getting a competitive price.
You can choose to pack yourself, or you can pay extra to have the movers do it for you.
Generally speaking, movers won't take any type of hazardous materials.
Most moving companies won't take perishable items like plants, especially on a long-distance move.
Sometimes boxes get lost in the moving process. Move important papers and items of sentimental value yourself.
Packing will take longer than you think. Start as soon as possible.
Because it will take a while to get estimates, try to hire a mover one to two months before your move.
You'll know where the box goes if you put the room name on it. Though movers are careful, they'll take extra care if breakable items are properly labeled.
Movers still need supervision and help with the inventory. If you can't be there, have someone you trust do the job.
A moving company's inventory is the official list of goods they're moving. If anything is lost or damaged, you must use the inventory form to claim damages.
Wardrobe boxes are like a portable closet and make for easy packing of clothes.
Moving companies can provide specialized cartons to keep your mattress protected.
Unless the carton is damaged, most moving companies will not take responsibility for boxes they didn't pack.
Don't lose your bill of lading. It's your receipt and contract for moving your belongings.
The inventory isn't just a list of what you're moving. It's also proof of an item's condition before and after it's moved.
Keep entryways and hallways clear so the movers can move through your house safely.
You'll need to get at certain things right away, so mark those boxes to make them easier to find.
The best tape to use is specialized packing tape that's stronger and will keep boxes sealed.
If you're scheduling a summer move, plan early and try to be flexible so the moving company can fit you into their schedule.
The order for service is the written detail of what the moving company will provide in terms of services, pickup and delivery dates, amount of valuation, special services and how you can be contacted during the move.