Entry #7, September 29, 2009
Congratulations! Here are some tips to make your preparation for moving more organized, and less chaotic!
Before you pick up the packing tape, figure out when you will be moving.
1.) If you have purchased a home, you will have a contract with a closing date. Depending on what the buyer and seller agree on, the moving trucks can pull in after closing! Usually the next day is preferable, so unforeseen closing issues, will not interfere with moving scheduled times.
2.) In a rental, the leasing contract will outline when the property will be able to be moved in.
Once you have a date, the planning and packing can begin!
Have a plan:
1.) Out of area moves: When moving out of your geographical area, more consideration and possibly more time will need to be accounted for. If you have relatives, or friends in the new area, ask them to help. Moving companies and utility start-up research can easily be done. Whether using the internet or phone, moving out of town can still be a breeze. If relocating for the military or for employment, often they will have moving resources already available, just ask.
2.)Local moves: Transferring utility, cable, phone, and even pest control service can be scheduled via the internet
or phone. Make sure you have the full address of the future home, as well as driving directions. You don’t want your satellite installed on your neighbor’s house, by accident!!
1.) Depending on the size of your home, number of family members, and amount of stuff, the number of boxes will vary. Consider packing supply, or local moving companies for buying boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing suggestions. If you know of a local business that allows the public to raid their cardboard disposal dumpsters – go for it! Remember, time is also a factor, so spending money on boxes may help you use your time packing, rather than searching.
2.)Moving companies. If you are going to use professional movers. Seek recommendations, and research the history of the company. Find out the exact pricing up front. Know the distance from your current home to your future home, this will be important when estimating hourly rates.
This is an exciting time, but also overwhelming. With planning and research, this move will keep you sane!
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