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General Moving Tips:

  • A coat of fresh paint is a cheap and effective way to rejuvenate tired furniture to look fantastic in your new home.
  • After you've moved, it's a good idea to let all your electrical appliances return to room temperature before plugging them in.
  • Don't forget to be environmentally friendly! Flatten all your moving boxes for recycling. Many moving companies will pick them up after your move.
  • Before you begin to unpack, don't forget to wipe out all cupboards and shelves. You can also use shelving paper to line cupboards and drawers.
  • Boiling cinnamon sticks will give your kitchen a clean, fresh scent.
  • It's important to tape your microwave shut and remove the glass plate from your microwave before you move.
  • General rule of thumb is if something hasn't been used in over 12 months, seriously consider selling or donating it. Help from a family member or friend will ensure you remain objective.
  • You'll have more time to enjoy settling into your new home if you clean your belongings before they are moved.
  • If you're planning on hiring a mover, but want to keep your costs low, consider doing your own packing. You can also save time and purchase your packing boxes in advance.
  • Remember that time is important on moving day. For instance, if you have a waterbed, it is likely to take around two hours to empty the water! So plan ahead and consider doing certain tasks the night before.
  • Make sure that direct debit and billing links to your bank accounts are organized to handle any changes resulting from your move.
  • Certain times of the year are busier moving times. It's wise to plan ahead and make sure there is availability on the day you want to move.
  • Most gas, water and electricity companies require several days of prior notice for disconnecting and reconnecting your services. Contact your individual utility companies for specific details.
  • Make sure you use up your frozen foods or dispose of ones you have not used. Never let them thaw and try to refreeze them again.
  • Your local newspaper can be a great resource for finding out about facilities, services and events in your new neighborhood.
  • Don't forget these details when inspecting properties: check out where TV, phone and internet connections are located.
  • Do research when you can…if possible, try to talk to neighbors or visit a close by coffee shop. The more first hand knowledge you have of a new area, the better.
  • When looking for properties, don't forget to measure the space for your refrigerator and appliances
  • Important documents such as wills or deeds, jewelry, photographs, and home videos are impossible to replace. It's wise to consider moving these and other important belongings to a safety deposit box while you move.
  • Find out if your homeowners or renters insurance policy covers your belongings in transit.
  • It's a good idea to compare measurements of the doorways and hallways in your new home.
  • Fun music will create a positive mood when it's time to start packing and unpacking. The TV may be too distracting.
  • Garage sales are a great way of getting rid of those unnecessary and unused items.
  • Use colorful tags to indicate each destination if your furniture and household items are being delivered to different locations.
  • Be sure to settle all bills that may be overlooked in the move a few days before moving day.
  • Remember to contact your local post office and fill our forwarding address forms. Additionally, leaving a small welcome card with your forwarding address for the people moving into your old home is a nice way of asking for any additional pieces of your mail to be redirected.
  • Delegate specific duties to your helpers on moving day.
  • Before the move, start using up most of your food items. Not only will be there be less to transport, but you will also avoid the risk of food spoilage.
  • It is important to book your moving services well ahead to secure your ideal moving date.
  • Budget wisely for your move. There are always unexpected expenses that pop up as you settle in. You may need a new hose or other forgotten items.

 

 

Packing Tips

 

Packing Tips
Although the decision of |moving| your home can be exciting, |packing| is something most of us dread. By using our guide, you will feel more secure in knowing that your possessions will get to your new address in one piece. Once you're there, you'll be able to find everything when the time comes to unpack and get settled.

Get Things in Order
Your move will be easier and smoother if you do a good job of pre-planning. Here are several handy tips to help you get started.
1. Always create a thorough and complete inventory of what you will be |moving| to your new address.
2. Don't forget to photograph or videotape any unique or valuable belongings.
3. It's also wise to make a note of the serial numbers on your electronic equipment.

What You'll Need
Before you can start packing, you'll need to have the following materials:

  • Strong |Boxes|.
  • |Wardrobe Boxes| with Hanger Bars.
  • Packing Tape.
  • Bubble Wrap, Newspaper, Wrapping Paper, and Tissue Paper.
  • Ziploc Bags.
  • Magic Markers.

Notes for Wrapping

  • Wrap all your breakable items in bubble wrap, wrapping paper, or tissue paper.
  • Because newspaper may leave ink smudges on your items, it should only be used to cushion items that are already protected.
  • You can use old linens, blankets, and towels to wrap and cushion fragile items.
  • Ziploc bags can be used for small odds and ends that usually clutter your drawers.

Get Packing

  • It always makes good sense to begin |packing| well ahead of the move.
  • We strongly recommend that you use good quality, strong |moving boxes|, and always be certain that the bottoms are fully secured.
  • Don't get overwhelmed. Try to concentrate on one room at a time. Be sure that every box is clearly labeled by room and item.
  • Once your |moving boxes| are filled, they should be placed in an area close to your front door.

These hints will help you pack like a pro:

  • Any items that you don't need for your daily living routine should be packed first.
  • Important items (such as photographs, wills, jewelry, home videos, and any other important documents) should be packed separately so that you can personally carry them with you on |moving| day. Another alternative you might want to consider is placing these belongings in a safety deposit box until after the move.
  • Fragile items should be |packed| loosely with plenty of wrapping. The |boxes| must be clearly labeled "FRAGILE", and finally you will want to stack them towards the top of your piles.
  • Non-breakable items should be packed snugly in smaller |boxes|. You will want to make sure that they are not too heavy, and that they are at a weight you feel comfortable carrying. Don't forget to pack your books flat, alternating the bindings so they will stack evenly.
  • When possible, small appliances and electronic equipment should be |packed| in the |boxes| they came in, and then taped securely.
  • In order to avoid unnecessary ironing later on, make sure you have enough wardrobe |boxes|.

Bulky Things

  • When disassembling your bed, use tape or rope to bind the frames together.
  • Your drawers should be filled with wrapped items or clothes. Entire drawers should be covered with a blanket or old linens. You shouldn't tape the drawers shut - the finish on your drawers may be damaged.
  • Cover your tables with a blanket or old linen. When possible, remove the legs. Always wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and secure them to a leg.
  • Check your owner's manual for any special |moving| instructions of appliances and other electronic equipment.
  • In order to keep the tub of your washing machine from |moving| around during the move, fill it with stuffed toys, blankets, towels, and old linens.
  • Make sure that all loose parts in your refrigerator (including ice containers and drawers) are secure. Any exposed coils should be padded to protect them during the move as well.

Tricky Things

  • Bicycle handlebars should be loosened and turned sideways. Don't forget to keep the chains and pedals covered, otherwise grease and oil might rub off on other items.
  • Small mirrors should be carefully wrapped and packed in |boxes|. Cardboard should be used to cover large paintings, artwork, or wall mirrors. When possible, these items will be kept safe in wardrobe |boxes|.
  • Because your outdoor furniture may be too bulky or heavy to move in one piece, you may need to disassemble it. If so, be sure to place the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture.
  • Carpets and rugs should be rolled up and carefully secured with tape or rope.
  • Wrapping sharp edges on any tools or attachments will help prevent injury. Power tools should be |packed| with plenty of cushioning. Be sure to tie or tape your tool chests securely closed.
  • A very important reminder is to carefully dispose of the gasoline and oil from your lawnmower and other machinery, as well as any flammable or poisonous household products. Remember not to pack rags that are soiled with fuel. They should be properly disposed of to avoid spontaneous combustion.

Moving Insurance Tips

 

It is extremely important to make sure that your possessions are adequately insured before you 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.

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 homeowners insurance company.

 

 

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