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Moving Check List

Moving Checklist

What’s the best way to prepare for a move? See our moving checklist and calendar below.

Four weeks before moving

-Decide what you want to take to your new home, what you want to throw out, and what you want to donate to charity or sell.

-Start using up frozen food and staples. Don’t buy any more than is necessary before moving.

-Start planning your trip. Make airline reservations. Book hotels and rental cars.

-Arrange for important school, medical, financial, and legal records to be transferred to your new home.

-Decide how your furniture and belongings will be moved, such as using a packing and moving service, or renting a truck and packing and moving yourself.

-Schedule a moving service company for your move, or reserve a truck or van rental for relocation.

-If you will need to store any of your stuff for the move, arrange for storage space. Often your moving company can provide temporary storage.

-If you have kids, start talking to them now about the move. Get them involved in the moving process as that will help them cope with the move, especially if this is a long-distance relocation.

Three weeks before moving

-Arrange to have your pets transported or boarded. Start preparing your plants for the move.

-Get back any items you have lent (and give back any items you have borrowed). Pick up any items that are being repaired.

-Dispose of flammable items such as paint, aerosol cans, and cleaning fluids.

-Send change-of-address information to the post office and other businesses.

Two weeks before moving

-Schedule a date for a service firm to disconnect and prepare the appliances you are moving.

-Start packing non-essential items.

-Arrange for a babysitter for moving day.

-Start planning to disconnect utilities.

-Arrange for any services for your new home that will be easier to do before your things arrive, such as painting, carpet-cleaning, floor or wood cleaning.

-Draw up a floor plan for your new home and start planning your furniture arrangement (it makes moving in twice as easy).

One week before moving

-Finish packing suitcases and basic essentials. Make sure valuable documents, currency and jewellery are in a safe and easily accessed place.

-Drain garden hoses, lawn mowers, and other machinery.

-Defrost and dry the fridge and freezer. Don’t forget to empty the defrost water pan.

-Take down items such as curtain rods, shelves, light fixtures and mirrors that you are taking with you.

-Dismantle large power tools, such as lathes and grinders.

-Make sure all your important papers, keys, medications and plane tickets are available for the trip.

-If you are travelling a long distance by car, you may want to have the car serviced.

Packing day

-Leave a clear workspace for the packers.

-Identify fragile and valuable items, items you are taking with you, and items being left for the new owners.

Moving-out day

-Plan to stay home until the moving van has left.

-Tour the house with the van operator during inventory. Sign the bill of lading. Confirm your new address and delivery date. Check destination contact phone numbers.

-Do a final check for overlooked items. Make sure windows and doors are locked, lights are turned off, utilities are discontinued or turned off, and the keys are transferred.

Moving-in day

-Try to get to your new home the day before the moving van arrives. Make sure the utilities are connected. Take another look to see if your furniture plan is optimal.

-When the mover arrives, check items unloaded against the inventory. Make arrangements for installation of appliances. Confirm unpacking requirements.

-Look over this moving checklist and calendar. Make sure you’ve covered everything for your move.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home!

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Mississauga Real Estate Report, Meadowvale, Clarkson, Milton, Oakville, Brampton, Toronto Uptate

Greater Toronto Area Real Estate Sales Statistics Summarized – August 2010

All These Statistics Are Compared To August 2009

We have 25% MORE Active Listings
Monthly Solds 26% LESS
Year To Date Sales 8% MORE
Year To Date Average Selling Price 11% MORE

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Moving Into A New Home

Unpacking tips when you move into your new home.

Paint if you have to before unpacking anything, as you don’t want to dirty up your personal things with paint.

Start with the big stuff, couch, furniture, TV, tables, etc.

Next hang some pictures, this will divide the space up with the furniture.

Now its time for the kitchen, which is the place where you will spend most of the time. Take time to place every little detail(knives, spoons, spices, pots) in its right spot so they will be accessible quick.

Time for your Rooms, hang the clothes get the beds ready.

Finally get the towels, tooth brushes and toothpaste out along with the soap.

The rest will follow, filling up the book shelves with books and cleaning out the garage from all the box clutter.

Enjoy Unpacking…

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Moving? Packing A Lamp?

Easy do it yourself packing tip video for packing lamps when you have to move to your new home.

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Moving? Packing Books?

Easy do it yourself packing tip video for packing books when you have to move to your new home.

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Statistics Of Changing Your Home

The statistics show that an average family will change their home every 3-5 years. Now in most cases this is true, but there are exceptions. For example, you get married buy your first condo, live there 2 years have 1 or 2 kids, the condo gets smaller you have to get a bigger living space(most likely a house) After the next 3-5 years the kids get bigger, you need more room, one for each child or even a older parent to help them out, so what now, you sell and buy bigger. Once you get older (kids move out)you don’t need that big house and you down size. Now this case doesn’t apply to all people there is tons families that live in a house for over 10, 20 or even 30 years, but the statistics show 3-5 years an average a family changes their home.
People change for many reasons they slowly move up to that Dream Home, over many moves/years. Buying your dream homes won’t happen on your first home purchase, well unless you got the cash or win the lottery. Just though this could be useful to know.

Posted under Buyer, First Time Buyers, Moving, News, Seller

Spring is here, real estate boom is up

Since spring has hit us with nice weather, people are out there and shopping for homes. Although it is mostly first time buyers, it is still a good market as we speak. Hot areas are still hot even with this recession (which a lot say it is curving back up to a flat level) people are still buying and even producing multiple offers in hot areas. What is one to do? Shop around, if you can afford a hot area then fight for the house, if you are a first time buyer take advantage of the market go to a cooler area and negotiate the deal with your real estate agent, because you never know some people MUST sell. Now with that said, be reasonable if your agent says the house is worth 10-20K less don’t throw in an offer 60K less, that is unreasonable, yes the agent is there to make the sale but he/she will educate you as the buyer to what the home is really worth, get a good agent and listen to them. You may read and watch the market daily, but you agent has all the tools and experience with what the value you pay should be, accordingly. Be good and shop smart.

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Moving Out of Town?

If you are planning to relocate to a new city, one of the first people you should contact is your local Real Estate Agent.

Through their referral system they will find a reputable Realtor® in your new area, who can find a home that fits your needs, lifestyle and budget and can certainly provide you with a wealth of information regarding your new town.

The Realtor® not only knows about properties available he or she can let you know about what community services are available to you as well as information about shopping and transportation. They can tell you what schools and churches are in town, what recreational activities are available, and can provide information about art and cultural events in your new neighborhood.

When you decide to make your move, make sure to talk with a local professional,who will find the Realtor® who will likely be your first new friend in your exciting new venture!

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Office Move Organized

Moving a corporation may actually be more stressful than moving your home and family. You may not have control over many aspects in a corporate move. You must follow a certain guideline that is provided by the company. Make sure you give yourself at least 3 months of preparation. Most people are completely unfamiliar with how to prepare for a corporate move. Unfamiliarity can cause much headache and stress. That is why it is even more important that you follow the office-moving guide.

Preparing for the Move
The most important part of moving a corporation is to plan everything out in advance. Corporations are usually about making money. So, if the company is not up and running, but instead moving, then the company is not making any money. The major goal in a corporate move is to be cost-efficient. One of the ways to obtain this goal is to be time-efficient. The less time you spend moving, the more cost-efficient you will be for your company.

In order to save time, make sure you are very familiar with your new location and offices. Know exactly how large (take measurements) the new rooms are. Notice any differences in shapes of the rooms or new furniture. You want to make sure your old or new desk, chairs, filing cabinets, etc. fit inside your new space. To make sure that everyone knows his or her new dimensions, a floor plan should be created before the move. This plan should include, by floor, location of employees, furniture, plants, and whatever else you are bringing to your new location. Make sure that every employee receives a copy of this plan and that you post them on the building on moving day. Being organized before the move will not only reduce the stress for the employees, but for the movers as well.

Correspond with Everyone
Communication is key when it comes to a corporate move. Make sure that everyone (employees, landlords, movers, renters, etc.) is aware of every detail. They need to know the exact moving plan before the actual move. The less questions on the day of moving, the better. The movers need to be told exactly where each piece of furniture needs to be placed. If you have many desks that look the same, but belong to certain employees, make sure they know that they need to go in certain places. One way of helping out the mover is by using colored labels. All of the furniture that belongs on one floor can be labeled a certain color and you can even get more specific. Label colors and numbers to each employee. Labeling is a very important tool in moving offices. Be sure to label all equipment and furniture that is being moved. The label needs to be placed in spot that is very easily visible to the mover. The easier and more understandable you make the move to the mover, the faster the move will go. Time means money.

Supervisors: It is your responsibility to have your staff follow the instructions in the Office Moving Guide. Be sure employees in your department or section receive an Office Moving Guide. Personnel will be functioning in the new offices on a normal basis immediately after reporting to work, if the move is properly preplanned.

Employees: You will be responsible for your own packing of certain items before the actual move. Follow the instructions in the Office Moving Guide. They will be of assistance to you, not only before the move, but when you unpack in the new office.

Items Being Moved
Any items inside of bookcases, shelves, desks, wall units, or cupboards should all be packed securely in boxes. Filing cabinets do not need to be emptied. Just make sure that they are locked or securely fastened with string or heavy packaging tape.

Personal Items: The mover cannot be responsible for your personal possessions, such as legal papers, money, lighters, fountain pens, pictures, plants, etc. For your own protection, we suggest you move these items privately. If you need special containers, ask your Moving Consultant.

Desks: Pack all contents. This includes current working papers, letter trays, books and other desk items. Seal paper clips, pencils and all other loose materials in envelopes and then pack them in boxes. Protect all glass with paper or other stuffing.

Security Files: All files should be locked prior to moving. If security regulations require escorts, advise the Moving Consultant and he/she will make arrangements with the mover. Security files may then be consolidated.

Supply or Storage Cabinets: Pack all contents in boxes. Cabinet doors should be locked or tied.

“Do Not Move”: If items are not to be moved or if equipment and furniture are to be discarded, be sure to tag them with “Do Not Move” labels. This will eliminate any unnecessary expense.

Make sure that you throw away as much garbage as possible before the actual moving day. It is possible to get permission from the city to have industrial size dumpsters placed in front of the building if you have an excess amount of garbage to throw away. The more you throw away, the less you have to pack and haul with you. Make sure that nothing important gets thrown away.

Access to Floors Above Ground Level
Be sure to examine the building before hand and be aware of all elevators. Make sure they are in working order and large enough to move the furniture. If there are no elevators, be sure to inform the moving company so they can come prepared.

Moving Electrical Machines
Before moving any technological machines, make sure you know what you are doing. Many machines need to be handled certain ways. If you are renting any of your equipment, make sure you notify your rental company before the day of the move. Disconnect and dismantle computers properly. Make sure there is an employee that knows what he/she is doing when taking apart the equipment. Remove all fluids from the photocopy machines. There may be loose parts that can easily be lost, so make sure that all parts are securely fastened or put them in a separate box close by. Remove all items from the vending machines. Empty water from any water dispensers. Make sure to take extra notice to any machines that are dismantled. Items get lost very easily in a move.

Here’s a simple checklist to make sure nothing gets left behind or overlooked:

  • Desk empty?
  • Supply cabinets cleared?
  • File cabinets cleared?
  • File drawers locked?
  • Wall items taken down?
  • Breakable items properly packed?
  • Computers and other machines disconnected?
  • “Do Not Move” tags placed?
  • Liquids drained from equipment?
  • Desk pads and chair pads labeled?
  • Have a set of spare keys available.
  • Make sure that your Internet connection is ready to go and that the phones and fax machines are working. The sooner you get back to work, the sooner you can continue working and making money.
  • Make sure the electricity works.
  • Make sure the bathrooms work.
  • Don’t forget to throw away (or use as scratch paper) any old stationary that has your old address on it and create new stationary with the new address on it.
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Cleaning tips for a new home

One of the worst feelings when first walking into your new home is the feeling of disgust. The floors are dusty, the walls are black, the bathroom is grimy and filled with hair from the previous tenant, the kitchen has dried up food stuck to the floor, and your head is spinning from that noxious odor. Don’t panic. There are several things you can do to turn this current mess into a home where you can feel comfortable and relax.

1. Preparation: Before you do any cleaning, you have to be physically and mentally prepared.

Physical preparation includes:

  • Put on some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and smelly.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Have cleaning materials ready.
    • Spray cleaners
    • Rags
    • Paper towels
    • A dull knife
    • Broom/Dust pan
    • Mop/Bucket
    • A large trash bag

Mental preparation includes:

  • Telling yourself that cleaning now will give you the home you want.

Once you do these things, you will be ready to start cleaning your new home.

2. Clearing the space: Before you get down and dirty, you have to get rid of the garbage that’ll get in your way of cleaning the messier and dirtier areas. Stuff like old newspapers that were left behind, a toothbrush found under the bathroom sink, or a broken clock left on the wall, all must go immediately. With the removal of these wayward items, access to the rest of house will be made easier.

3. Sweep, sweep, then sweep some more: If you couldn’t guess, it’s time to sweep. Often, used homes acquire an abundance of dust. This dust should be swept away immediately. If you go directly to the spray cleaner stage, you will end up with clumps of wet dust sprawled all over your floor. By sweeping at least two times, you can make spraying a lot easier.

4. Spray, wipe, spray, wipe: When using spray, make sure you have one window cleaner and one all-purpose cleaner. With the window cleaner you can clean windows and glass to ensure that they’ll shine. With the all-purpose cleaner you can scrub everything else. Make sure you spray and wipe multiple times. This will ensure you really get rid of the slime and grime.

5. Using your hands: You can surely use a mop to wet the floor or disperse cleaning liquids, but this doesn’t mean you can get out of getting on your hands and knees. By using paper towels or rags you can really scrub the floors and walls much better than with a mop. But using you hands does not end here. With a dull knife you can scrape away all the dried food and gum wads left behind by the previous tenant.

6. Garbage: Take your large trash bag and use it for all the scraps, dust, used paper towels, grime, food, and everything else you need to throw away.

7. Look it over: Once you do all of these things, look over what you’ve cleaned. You may see that it needs to be cleaned more and have to take back out some towels and cleaners. But when you’re finally happy with what you’ve done, just sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home.

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Types of moving insurance

Have you reached that point in your life where it’s just time to move? Do you need to relocate for a new job? Are you deciding you want to live closer to your parents? What ever the reasons are that you have to move, either way, you’re in for a certain amount of stress. While moving is a burden, you can alleviate some of the hardship by having your belongings covered by insurance. Having insurance during your move is not only a smart idea, but an absolute must. You never know if your mover will accidentally break your TV, or even “accidentally” break your TV. Movers may not always be the most reliable bunch of people, but sometimes you desperately need their services. So make sure for your next move you’re things are properly insured so your moving stress can immensely be reduced.

Here are the different types of insurances you can get for your upcoming move:

  1. Full Value: This, like its name implies, will cover your entire shipment. This is the most comprehensive and expensive plan, but it puts more pressure on the movers to be careful with your things. Under this plan, if anything is lost, damaged, or destroyed, the movers can either offer to repair the item, reimburse you with cash, or replace it with a similar item. Some movers may limit their liability for expensive items (>$100), so make sure to ask them about their policy regarding this. The price for this protection plan varies and is subject to different deductible levels.
  2. Released Value: This is the most affordable option, but it leaves you the most vulnerable. Under a released value plan, movers are only responsible for 60 cents per pound per article (intrastate moves may differ). So let’s say you packed your new ipod that weighs 5 ounces, if it breaks during transport, the mover is only liable to reimburse you approximately 20 cents. So you see that this type of insurance does not really do much in your benefit. The only plus side is that it comes at no additional cost to you. But be wary; if you do not say you want released value insurance, the mover will automatically give you full value.
  3. Third-Party: If you choose released insurance, some movers may allow you to obtain third party insurance. This is an additional cost that must be purchased separately by you. With this coverage the mover will be liable for the 60 cents per pound per item. The additional losses can be recovered from the third party company that you purchased the insurance from. If this insurance is purchased through the mover, they are liable to present you with a written record of this purchase. If you use an outside company, check to make sure that your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t already cover you.

Keep in mind that there are some actions that may limit the mover’s liability of your things. These include:

  • Packing hazardous or perishable items without informing the mover.
  • Packing your own boxes.
  • Choosing Released insured.
  • Failure to notify the mover about expensive items (>$100).
  • Language in your contract that relinquishes the mover from any liability.
  • If you wait over 9 months to issue a written claim of your losses.
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How to Get the Right Insurance for Your Residential Move

Whether you hire a mover or move it yourself, it is impossible to guarantee that all of your property will arrive at its final destination in the same condition it started out. Damage to your property can occur in transit (on the moving truck), in storage, and when it is being carried in or out of the moving truck. Things can be accidentally dropped, dented, or broken by moving men. Most insurance coverage that can be obtained through a mover limits the mover’s liability and will not completely cover the value of your property if lost or damaged. It is extremely important to make sure that your possessions are adequately insured before you move.

When Selecting a Moving Company
Thoroughly review the moving company’s terms for insurance coverage.

  • Determine the extent of liability coverage for property loss or damage your mover will provide.

  • Closely examine the contract and find a section for you to establish the estimated value of your possessions.

  • Determine the maximum liability dollar value of the insurance provided by the mover and the process involved in case you need to place a claim. However, this does not guarantee that in case of a claim you are entitled to the maximum liability damage coverage. Factors such as government regulations, taxes, and laws limit the actual the amount you may be entitled to in case of a claim.

  • Realize that the insurance provided by most moving companies only covers a portion of the total value of your possessions and you will have to get additional insurance to be fully covered.

Insurance Available Through Your Mover
Insurance available through your mover is based on valuation. Basically, valuation is the method of determining liability – by you and your mover. There are three types of valuation:

  • Declared value: The value of the things you move is based on the total weight of the shipment multiplied by a specific amount per pound (example; $1.25 per pound). For instance, if your possessions weigh 10,000 pounds the mover would be liable for up to $12,500. Claim settlement is then based on the depreciated value of the item(s) damaged.

  • Lump sum value: If you need insurance that is based more on value than on weight you can get insurance for a specific amount (the amount is variable dependant on the insurance provider) per $1,000 of value. You must know the value of what you are shipping and make a declaration in writing on the bill of lading.

  • Full value protection: This type of coverage includes lost, damaged, and destroyed property. The coverage will pay for the repair or replacement of the item(s). Usually there is a minimum coverage amount and applicable deductibles.

Calculate the amount of insurance you require
Calculating the amount of insurance you require begins with taking into consideration the total weight of what you are moving, the number of rooms you are moving, and the contents of your move.

Create an inventory of all the items you are moving

  • What you are moving (sofa, dining room set, refrigerator, etc.).

  • The weight of each item you are moving (estimate the weight).

  • The replacement value of each article you are moving.

Make sure to have totals that summarize your inventory

  • Total number of items you are moving.

  • Total weight of the items.

  • Establish the total replacement value of all your property.

(Take pictures of what you are moving. This is important in establishing the condition of your possessions and it helps in confirming the inventory list.)

Homeowners Insurance as a Supplement
Most homeowner insurance policies cover about 10 percent of the value of your personal property; including coverage for breakage and theft in transit, minus the usual deductible. This can be a good supplement to the insurance provided by the mover.

Transit Insurance as a Supplement
Transit insurance is another good supplement to the insurance provided by your mover. Read the policy and make sure it covers the gaps in insurance left by other policies. This coverage can save you thousands of dollars and is usually available through the mover, a move-it-your-self company, or through your homeowner’s insurance company.

Some Additional Helpful Tips

  • If you are moving fine art, valuable musical instruments or antiques, you should consider special measures to ensure their safety and protect against their loss or damage. If these items are not covered while in transit by your home policy, you would be advised to purchase additional coverage. Speak to your mover or homeowner insurance representative.

  • In the event that something should happen to your belongings and you have to file a moving claim, you must do so within (9) months of the event. You should also note the problem on the moving van driver’s copy of the bill of lading before signing it. Your mover will then have 30 days to acknowledge receipt of your claim. Within 120 days of receiving your claim, the mover must either deny the claim or make an offer to pay.

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International Moving Tips

The most important factor to ensure a smooth and successful international relocation is to select the right international movers for the job.
There are different international moving companies for different needs so you should be as familiar with your needs as possible. This will give you some time to narrow your move dates. When searching for a mover, you should interview at least three companies so you can compare prices and services. Remember to check the carriers’ documentation and licensing. Inquire as to their insurance policy (see below).

It is not recommended that you pack you own boxes. Because of the distance and the haul, you should let the professionals handle the wrapping and boxing of your belongings. If your move is temporary, you will have the luxury of storing a great deal of your belongings. Moving storage facilities are both affordable and convenient. Many storage companies will even pick up and deliver your items. However, if storage is not an option, take the time to do some research into what appliances will work in your new home. Since different countries operate on different plug types or voltage, most electrical appliances will require some sort of adapter. You might want to consider selling or donating your current appliances. It will save you the hassle of dealing with tricky adapters and the money you save in not shipping the appliances you can use for new appliances.

Before you move, you should contact the embassy of your new country regarding advice on visas. The embassy may even be able to put you in contact with other expatriate families who can share their experiences and provide you with valuable suggestions.

International moving insurance
Additional insurance on your items is always advised when you are moving internationally. You should perform an itemized inventory of your move, complete with precise valuation of each item. You can even include the cost to you of moving the item. For instance, if you are insuring a large screen television, add the pro-rated cost of moving the item to the full value of replacing the television. Ask your moving company for complete details and as always, get as many opinions as possible before making a decision.

If you are planning to ship your car or truck, you should expect plenty of restrictions. Import restrictions differ from country to country and you should research the allowances of your destination.

Here are some things to keep in mind regarding shipping your automobile:

  • Are you licensed to drive in your new country?
  • Does your vehicle meet the environmental standards required?
  • Is the cost of insurance prohibitive?
  • Is the cost of shipping your vehicle within your budget?
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Local Moving Tips

A local move  is any move of household items within 100 miles from the origin to the final destination within the same state. Moves over 99 miles within the same state are considered intrastate moves and those traveling across state lines are interstate moves. Local moves are billed at an hourly rate whereas intra- and inter-state moves are billed according to the size and weight of your shipment.

Any of the moving companies you choose to use will send a salesperson (estimator) to your house to provide you with a free moving estimatge. The estimate should include a separate amount for the movers themselves, vans, packing, materials and insurance. It should also include the address you are moving to if possible. If you are not sure of the address you are moving to the day your estimate is made, your guaranteed price will be subject to change based on conditions at your final destination such as the number of stairs, the distance from the truck to the front door, and the accessibility of your destination for a large van. If possible, always have the estimator view your new place of residence before they make their final estimate.

Hire the movers not the company

If you chose a company without knowing any of its movers, ask the estimator to provide you with the name of an experienced foreman and the “helpers” who will be on your move. This is the #1 rule when hiring a moving company: make sure you know who your movers will be on your moving day. Use the names of the movers your friends, neighbors or estimator referred to you. Make these movers part of your contract.

Size is important

The size of your van is very important. Make sure you know what size truck will arrive at your house or apartment on moving day. Make van size part of your contract.

Some local companies charge the same rate whether you arrange for a 50-foot van or a 12-foot van to move your household items. Make sure your estimator has allowed for plenty of empty space in your moving van. Since you are paying by the hour, having to make double trips will add a lot of expense to your move. You may want to contract for two vans to arrive on moving day if the size of your van is limited for some reason, i.e. low hanging trees, narrow street, and steep driveway. An extra van will help to speed your move up and may cost you only a small fee.
Hiring the packers

There are three different ways to pack up your household items. You can do it all yourself, have the local moving company partially pack some of your items, or you can have them pack everything. If you have anyone else other than the local moving company pack your items understand that the local moving company is not liable for any of the damage that occurred inside of the boxes during your move.

If you pack yourself, begin packing many days prior to the move. It will waste the mover’s time and your money if they have to wait for you to finish up your packing the day of the move.

Packing by the hour is a good choice if you have hired experienced, fast packers. You can hire these packers the same way you hired your movers. Make them part of your contract for packing day.

A good way to save money and also have your valuables insured on moving day is to employ the company to partially pack your household items. Make sure your estimate is clear on the items to be packed. The packers can pack all of the breakable items such as china, glass, and ceramics. You may also feel safer having someone with experience packing these items. You will pack the non-breakable items that do not take much experience to pack such as books and clothes.

Choosing when to move

Picking the time of year, month and day of the week can be very crucial in your move. Most people choose to move during the summer months when their kids are out of school or during vacation. Moving companies need to hire seasonal help to meet this increase in moving. This means that inexperienced movers are often hired during these busy months. This problem also exists during the end and beginning of each month when everybody’s lease is up, and on Fridays when people take off work. Also, if your move should only take about half a day, hiring movers for first thing in the morning is recommended.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the middle of the month are the best days to move if you have not planned ahead. By Thursday, the best movers are getting tired from the last three days of tough jobs and on Fridays, all the good movers are usually allocated to the customers that planned ahead.
During a local move, your cost depends on the amount of time moving. Make sure you give your driver the most direct route to your new home. You may want to follow the driver to ensure he doesn’t take the long way. Also, be familiar with how heavy the traffic will be during the days and times of your move.

Few Reminders:

  • Make sure you always have someone watching the movers while they are packing and loading your items.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the neighborhood before the day of the move. You want to make sure there is room for the truck in front of your new home.
  • Make sure you have warned the movers of any stairs they will have to climb, or if there is an available elevator.
  • Let the mover know if there are time restrictions on when you are allowed to move. Many apartment buildings will not allow you to be moving after 5 PM.
  • The building owner may ask the mover to see insurance certificates in case any damage is done to the building. Make sure they have these papers.
  • Make sure you have all supplies that will be needed for the move. If the mover has to go get more, your price will go up and time will be wasted.
  • Make sure all of the packing you are doing yourself is complete prior to the day of the move. You don’t want to have the moving company wait for you to finish.
  • Make sure you have thoroughly planned out the whole move. Have you checked all closets and storage units for items that need to be moved? The less surprises for the mover the better.
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Changing Your Address

Changing your address isn’t the hardest part of moving (at least compared to lugging your grand piano down three flights of stairs), but making sure everyone who needs your new address has it isn’t as easy as you might think. Unless you fill out an official US Post Office change of address form, your mail won’t follow you to your new address. And unless you remind yourself to mail out change of address cards to all the companies you do business with, your magazine subscriptions will be worthless in a few months.

Of course, that’s all common sense. But did you know you don’t have to go down the post office to get the change of address form? Read over the following tips to make sure that when you move your mail will be moving with you:

  • Before you’ve even begun your relocation, head down the post office and take a minute to fill out the US postal service’s official change of address form (also known as PS form 3575; if you don’t see them out, just ask a clerk).
  • The most important part of filling out the US postal service’s change of address card is including your old address and your new address. However, it’s also vital you remember to include the names of anyone else who is moving with you. If you only include your name, your husband / wife’s mail won’t follow you.
  • If you don’t feel like waiting in line at the post office you can have your mail forwarded from the comfort of your own computer by completing a short form at the US postal service’s address change webpage .
  • Think you’re done? Sorry, nothing involving official government documents is ever that easy. Turning in your change of address form to the post office only means that your mail will be forwarded for a limited time. First class mail – letters and such – are forwarded for one year. Periodicals – newspapers and magazines – are only forwarded for 60 days. After the forwarding period expires, anything that arrives for you will either be sent to the post office’s dead-letter room or stay with whoever’s moved into your old place.
  • If you’re a college student who is moving away from school (either for the summer or for good) check with the campus mail service to see what their mail forwarding policies are. Colleges and universities have their own delivery systems, separate from the post office, and usually their own forwarding policies.
  • To keep receiving your mail after the US postal service stops forwarding it, you need to send out change of address cards to everyone you do business with. These change of address cards are available at the post office for free.
  • Most of the bills you receive – from your utilities, your credit card company, your insurance carrier – have a section where you can update your address information. Take advantage of it and you’ll save yourself a little trouble down the road.
  • Keeping track of who you’ve given your new address to and who still needs it can get pretty confusing pretty quickly. Make a checklist of all the companies that need your address (don’t forget the IRS) and all the friends and relatives you want to keep in touch with before you start mailing anything out. Keep your change of address checklist after you’ve moved into your new home, so if a few months down the road you can’t find your current phone bill, you’ll know exactly why.
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