Preparing for a Move

Moving and Storage

Preparing for a MoveNo matter how many times you have done it, moving is never easy.  The professionals at 5 Star Moving and Storage want to make your move as stress-free as possible.  Here are a few suggestions to help you get organized for your next move.

It’s important to research your destination.  Knowing the neighborhoods and school districts are important.  There are many articles that will help you with this task.  City Data lists thousands of cities and towns across the nation providing education, housing prices, income-earnings, and seasonal temperatures.  It is a great place to begin your research.

Hiring the right moving company is one of the most important parts of any move.  Hiring a reputable moving company is harder than you might imagine.  Word of mouth can be a valuable asset, but it’s important to do your research.  It’s important to give the moving company a call and ask the following questions:

  1. Have they registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration called a USDOT number?
  1. Ask what their rates are. Most companies use a per/pound rate and a distance Rate. If you are moving a short distance, the moving company will charge a per hour rate.  Moving companies must give you an estimate in writing which should include all charges and both you, and the moving company must sign the agreement.  The estimate should also be dated, and the method of payment clearly stated.
  1. It is also important to check and see if they will be using a subcontractor. Some larger companies subcontract to smaller moving companies and if this is the case you need to get the name and check out the drivers to ensure you are still receiving the best service.
  1. Find out if there are any additional fees and if so, when do they apply. Extra charges are often called long carry or flight charges and can apply if you have awkward items, stairs, or high-rise in which case it’s important to set up parking and elevator usage ahead of time.
  1. You must ask detailed questions about insurance coverage. Most moving companies provide insurance and an additional cost.

After you have decided upon your moving company and set up a timeline, it’s important to make a checklist of tasks week by week to make sure you don’t forget anything.  You will also need to call the utility company, cable, and any other items you are going to be transferring to your new destination.

The biggest job left now is packing up your belongings.  Starting at least six weeks before your move is important.  The first thing to do is decide what will be going and what you are either going to sell or donate.  Then you will need to collect sturdy boxes and supplies such as tape, and markers to clearly label your boxes with room name and if possible contents.  This will help to save time when you unpack.  It’s also important to make an inventory list of everything you are moving to make sure nothing gets lost or forgotten.

Remember to keep organized and don’t get overwhelmed.  Once you follow these steps and stay focused, a move can be an exciting point in your life.