Moving Made Easy
If you're looking for help from a good mover, don't forget to ask for referrals. Check with your real estate agent or a friend who has recently moved. Hopefully they'll be able to recommend a reputable mover to you. Contact a few local movers and get written estimates from them. Let them come out and see the contents to be moved so they can make a real, binding bid on the work. Bids over the phone aren't legally binding.
Make sure the movers giving you bids are fully licensed by the PUC, also known as the Public Utilities Commission. Without a license from the PUC, it's illegal for any moving company to move for profit. Plus, PUC licensed movers are required to have insurance to cover for breakage. If any of your belongings get damaged in transit, this insurance will cover you.
Please take note: some moving companies don't handle the moving of pets or plants. Remember to make proper arrangements for these before your move.
Around 2 weeks before the date of your move, make sure you call all the gas, phone, electric, garbage, water and cable television companies in both your new and old location. Request that your utilities get transferred instead of turned off. You will dodge the pricey reconnect fees that those companies love to charge.
Save money on your move and pack most of your possessions yourself, if you can. Throw away, sell, or donate anything extra that you don't want to move. Remember when you're donating to save all the receipts you get. At the end of the year when tax time comes, you'll be able to deduct the amount from your taxed income, thus saving on taxes, too.
After you have donated or trashed everything you aren't going to be moving, make an inventory of all of your important belongings that you will be taking with you. Pack up all the things you aren't using in boxes, then write the contents of the boxes on the side of the box or on top. Get strong boxes for your move, don't put your belongings at risk.
On the day before the movers arrive, make sure to pack for the trip ahead. You'll need a supply of food, clothes, toys for kids, toiletries, and anything else you might need until the rest of your belongings arrive at your new house.
Be around to supervise when the movers arrive and start unloading your possessions. You'll want to make sure that everything is there any nothing is missing or accidentally broken. Report any suspected damage or theft of your property to the appropriate moving company immediately. The actual unloading will go quickly and smoothly as long as you know in advance where you want everything in your new house to go.
All in all, moving can be a very simple and painless process. Plan ahead well in advance from the move date and be smart when working with your moving company.
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