Moving house? Here’s what you need to do to make relocation easier, from packing to coordinating with the moving company.
- Minimize your clutter
When moving house, make an inventory of all the things you’ll need for new home. Consider selling or discarding items that you will no longer need. Take it as an opportunity to get rid of items that are worn or broken. You can hold a yard sale weeks or months before moving. You can also sell items online or have them consigned with local thrift shops. If you don’t feel like selling, give them away to friends, family, or charity.
- Choose a reputable moving company
Moving short distances won’t pose as much of a challenge as relocating cross-country. If you’re moving interstate, ask the moving company in writing if they will be subcontracting the move to another company. Subcontracting likely means that your things will be distributed to two trucks or more, and the items will arrive in your new homes on different dates.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates interstate movers. Any legitimate moving company should have the following:
- Up-to-date registration, which must be renewed every two years
- U.S. Department of Transportation number – an ID assigned to companies that will help you track reviews and inspections
- Liability insurance, motor vehicle insurance, and compensation for workers in case anything happens during the move
Most moving companies list these qualifications on their sites. When in doubt, search the web for reviews or check with the FMCSA.
- Ask questions about delivery spread
If you’re moving long distance, the company will have a delivery spread of four to 14 days during which time you can expect to receive your things – on different dates. There’s also a good chance that the most important items, like mattresses and kitchen appliances, will be the last to arrive. Be clear with the moving company about the delivery spread, and let them know which items you need to receive as soon as possible.
- Make sure the new home is move-in ready
Transfer your home services and utilities to your new home address ahead of time so that you’ll have electricity, running water, and other conveniences the minute you step into your new home. You’ll have the chance to sort this out when closing the sale on the home.
- Pack everything
Pack any items you will need immediately upon arrival – box cutters and tools – in clear containers. This will make them easy to find. Other important items like cookware and power strips should also be kept in such containers.
Wrap fragile items like glassware in bubble wrap or thick fabric to keep them from breaking. Pack your plates upright and leave no room for movement so that they’ll be less likely to break during transport.
Vacuum seal seasonal clothes and beddings to save space. These items can go straight to storage when you move in.
- Keep an emergency bag with you
You won’t have time to rummage through boxes during the move, so put your most valuable belongings in an emergency bag to keep with you at all times. This bag should contain your wallet, phone, charger, and important documents. You can also carry a first aid kit for emergencies.
Do you want a smooth, stress-free move? Call me, Greg Goldman, at 302-539-1777 or fill out this form.