So, You've Decided To Move

Now what?
First, congratulations - moving is an exciting event! When a move is planned well, it can be an enjoyable experience, and provide you with new opportunities for adventure and discovery. Of course, when planned poorly, a move can be a disastrous endeavor, fraught with stress and anxiety.

Here you can find the best advice on how to plan the perfect move and avoid the chaos and hassle that often results from poor planning.

Preparing for Your Moving Day - What to Expect

The singular best moving advice, is to start planning early! Once you start your planning, you’ll soon realize how many details are involved.
For example, you’ll need to decide what items to keep, what to sell, and what to donate. You’ll also need to collect moving boxes, notify utility companies and other services of your departure, and register your official change of address with the postal service.
Whether you rent or own, you’ll need to make plans to prepare the space you’re leaving for the next occupants. This might mean cleaning and making any required repairs yourself, or hiring professionals to do it for you.
And these are just some of the items you’ll need to consider when planning your move , which is why we’ve created a handy moving checklist to help you organize all the details in one place.

Sorting & Packing Your Items

Expect the moving preparation process to feel both exciting and overwhelming at times.
It’s OK! Sorting through all your belongings, many of which may be attached to sentimental memories, can feel overwhelming.
It can be challenging to make decisions about what you are keeping and what you are not - particularly if you are moving a long distance and need to downsize. To get through this emotional situation, just remember that moving presents a great opportunity to start fresh, and create new memories.
Take time to consider which items you simply cannot be without, and donate or sell the rest. Often, you will not miss the things you don’t take with you.

Hiring Professional Movers

The best way to minimize stress and anxiety and maximize the enjoyment of your move , is to hire professional movers to help you every step of the way. They’ll pack and load your items, haul and unload your items, and expertly take care of moving any oversized, delicate or difficult items.
They will also manage any necessary logistics involved in transporting your belongings, such as obtaining parking permits for moving day, or securing the appropriate international transport forms.
You can rest easy knowing that your possessions are in the hands of experienced professionals who are trained to move objects in a manner that prevents damage to your belongings and minimizes the possibility of injury.
There are high-quality moving services that can help you organize any kind of move, whether it’s a local move, an interstate move or even an international move.
To reap the benefits of using a moving company, you must research providers and read reviews to find the best service.
When reviewing their customer feedback, consider how each company handles disagreements, disputes and complaints - this is often a good indicator of how professional the company is.
Reputable companies will always conduct themselves in a professional manner and provide respectful responses to customer complaints. Their response should offer to correct whatever the alleged issue is.
This process can take some time, so start researching moving companies early to narrow down the best ones for your move and circumstances.

Requesting Quotes from Professional Movers

Once you identify companies you are interested in working with, contact them and request a free quote. Most professional movers will be more than happy to provide an on-site, free estimate. Many will also be able to provide an estimate over the phone or via email.
To calculate how much your move will cost, moving services typically consider how many items are to be moved, the size of those items, and the distance they will be hauled. If they supply packing materials and other services, that will also factor into the overall cost.
They may also consider any special circumstances that make the move more challenging, like staircases, parking restrictions or the need for short-term storage.
Once you have collected cost estimates from a handful of moving companies, ask them to share references. Contacting previous customers who can communicate their experiences, is a great way to understand what your own experience with the company is likely to be.

Once You’ve Chosen Your Movers

After all your diligence and research, you should be able to pick a mover that you feel good about. The next step will be to meet with them to review their terms.
Once you agree to work with a company, they’ll provide you with an official contract, often called an Order for Service. This document will outline all the details of your move, including the date of pick-up, estimated date of delivery, estimated cost, insurance coverage, cancellation policy, and any extra fees that may apply to your specific move. Review the document carefully, and be sure you understand all the details. Ask any questions you may have.
On the day of your move, you will be presented with a Bill of Lading. Your movers are required to have this document signed by you before they can begin moving your belongings. The Bill of Lading basically outlines the contract details that you previously reviewed, and you should make sure the terms are the same. If you have any questions at this point, be sure to ask them right away. Your signature on this form is binding, so make sure you understand it completely, and that it contains no surprises.
An inventory sheet listing all your belongings will also be presented to you on the day of your move. Review it carefully and keep it in a safe place along with your Bill of Lading, Order for Service, and any other documents you’ve received from your moving company.
Once you’ve signed off on the documentation and the movers have begun their work, your job is to relax. The hardest part is over. You’ll see your items quickly and efficiently be packed up and loaded into a truck where they will be transported to your new location and ready for you to enjoy again.
People often mistakenly think that professional moving services are expensive; however, simply requesting a quote and comparing it to the costs of doing everything yourself, thoroughly debunks this idea.
Moving services not only save you money, and time, but they also save your sanity, by taking the stress and anxiety out of the whole moving process. So, if you’re planning a move, do yourself a favor, and contact professional movers who can help you have the best moving experience.

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