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Moving Tips

Check up on your chosen moving company
Be sure to research if your chosen moving company is in possession of a DOT license or if you may need to make contact with the Department Of Transportation. Usually, moving companies will indicate on their website or say of they have a DOT license. If they don’t, do not proceed with hiring this moving company, as this license is important for the company to have. You can also see if they are listed with the BBB (Better Business Bureau). Confirm whether or not your moving company will be providing insurance on your possession for the duration of you move.

Lists, timing, and planning are important facets of the moving process. Mail notifications to banks, healthcare providers, utility companies, employees, schools, etc., of your new address and other details. Do this for both your new and currant address. It’s a good idea to put together a list of any loans and other assorted monthly payments you need to take care of and maintain. Ask your moving company about reserving a date for your relocation.

If you are going to be using the provided wardrobe boxes most companies have, check to see that they are packed nice and tight so you can keep your clothing from shifting around on the hangers. Doing so will make the unpacking of your clothes swift and easy. Collect all of the packing materials ahead of time. Some packing materials you will need include durable boxes, strong packing tape, packing peanuts, plastic bags, bubble wrap, and newspapers. Some moving companies will have these items available for purchase, or you could by them from a store. Pack heavier items on the bottom and the lighter ones on top. Clear out all closets and storage rooms in advance and decide what you want to keep, discard, sell, or give away. This will make your relocation more manageable.

Your most valuable items
Get your mover to help you to carefully pack your more sizeable items that need to be packed with extra care. Set aside a specific area for your most important possessions. Any small valuable items should be packed and transported by you, not the mover. Other items you should keep with you are: titles, deeds, school and medical records, financial documents, small expensive electronics, a list of important medical information about each family member and pet in the family, prescription drugs, jewelry, photo albums or media with precious memories. To keep from adding any stress, it’s a good idea to keep any small children and pets away from the premises on moving day.

Items not permitted
Federal law prohibits moving companies from transporting several different classes of items. Included (but not limited to) are: fertilizers, fireworks, ammunition, weapons, poison, pesticides, acids, fuels, liquids and laundry additives (bleach and ammonia), flammables, explosives and corrosives, and household and car batteries. Also, most moving companies are not inclined to move any plants you want to take along. It is illegal to move plants across sate lines. Usually, the plants will end up dying due to the ever-changing temperatures during the move. They also cannot be packed efficiently.

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