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       Moving Companies

       Types of Moving Companies

       Moving Company Musts

       Your Rights and Responsibilities

       Moving Basics

       Terms to know

Moving Basics

Planning for your move should begin long before the move itself is to take place. You will need to obtain the services of a moving company well in advance of the date of your move, so planning should begin as soon as possible. If you have highly valuable items such as antiques, art, furs, jewelry, or technology, a special arrangement will need to be made with your moving company.

Within two months of your move, you should already have a contract with the moving company of your choice. At this point, you should contact the moving company to confirm that all the services you’ve requested are in place, and that the dates you’ve specified are understood. If you’re planning on packing your property yourself, you should obtain packing materials like boxes, strapping tape, and box fillers to cushion fragile items. Additionally, your travel to the new location should be determined and planned at this time.

In the month before your move, begin looking around your space to determine which items to bring and which to get rid of. The more you bring, the more the move will cost, since moving companies measure their expenses through weight and/or volume. At this point you should also begin contacting the utility companies and other pertinent businesses at your new location, so that your property will be ready for you to move in. If you’re packing on your own, you can also begin boxing those items that won’t be used in the weeks prior to the move.

Three weeks before your move, make certain that your plans for transporting your automobile are finalized, and that your own transportation arrangements have been made. If you have pets, you’ll now need to determine how they will be transported to the new location; airlines frequently accept pets for transportation but special arrangements, including the purchase of transport carriers, must be made. Houseplants may need to be given away at this time.

In the two weeks before your move, finalize your packing decisions and clean out your closets and other storage spaces. This is also a good time to address your computer. If it isn’t used on a daily basis, you may want to disconnect it now. Before doing so, make sure to back up your important files. Now is also the time to cancel services such as newspapers and other locally oriented subscriptions.

One week before moving, determine which items should be carried with you during the move. For example, objects of value and legal or other important documents should be placed in a separate location to be carried with you for safety. At this time, you should set apart the clothing and other necessities you’ll need during the move, and pack your suitcase. You’ll need to have access to toiletries and other daily items upon entering your new property, so you won’t want to unpack boxes just to reach those small goods. Arrange to have the telephone line at your new property connected and in working condition for the day of your arrival, and notify the post office of your move and your new address. Contact your movers to finalize payment arrangements.

On moving day, organize keys and garage door remotes to turn in to the landlord or real estate agent of the property you’re leaving. Give the movers your new phone number, and finalize details and paperwork with them as well. Stay present as the packing and loading is completed, and review the inventory for thoroughness and accuracy. If possible, you should also be present for the unloading process at the new property. If you haven’t already paid completely for the moving services, you will be required to do so at this time. Be sure to discuss payment methods prior to the time of payment; some companies may require cashier’s checks.

Has your moving company done an especially good job? You could contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and report the service you received; likewise, the BBB and AMSA can also handle complaints about moving companies. If you have discovered damaged or missing property, you’ll need to file business liability insurance claims according to the contract you signed before the move occurred.