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A Proactive Move: Top Five Tips!

Let’s face it: even the most organized people can make mistakes while relocating.  There’s just so much to keep in mind, so much paperwork, and so much planning!  Fortunately, Keller Moving & Storage offers a multitude of services to make your relocation a pleasant one.  Being moving experts, we’re sharing our top five tips on how to stay proactive when you’re moving.
 
Tip #1: Give yourself time
Your ideal moving timeline should be about two months.  The Spring and Summer are the best seasons for moving if you have children.  For the best deals, try to move in the Fall and Winter.

Two months ahead of your moving date is the perfect time to start researching moving companies.  This gets you ahead of the game to compare and make a confident decision.  While researching, make sure each mover has a USDOT number and only provides free in-home estimates.  You should have your mover selected and booked about a month in advance.

In a not-so-perfect world, you may not have two months to get ready on time.  Any professional moving company will understand this and can help you.  Inquire about any other services your mover could provide.  For example, aside from moving, Keller offers packing, storage, disposal and vacuum-and-sweep.  Moving day WILL creep up on you, so plan accordingly.

 
Tip #2: Color coding is your friend!
You will have a lot on your mind, so simplify for the future!  As crazy as it sounds, color coding can help you sort, organize and prepare.

Color coding is especially helpful if you have a lot of boxes and/or several destinations.  You can use color duct tape, stickers or highlighters.  Color coded moving labels are also available for purchase.  Color match your boxes to a specific room in the house (example – all blue boxes belong in the kitchen; all red boxes go to the master bedroom).  If you have several drop offs, color code which items are going where (example – green stickers items go to my apartment; orange stickers items go to my self-storage unit).

If you’re planning on getting rid of anything before the actual move, you can color code these items so you estimator can give you the most accurate price during his or her survey.
 
Tip #3: Check in with your mover
It never hurts to call your moving company and reconfirm the arrangements.  Check all paperwork and make sure nothing was missed.   Your moving dates should be confirmed in writing so your mover cannot cancel on you at the last minute.  Before returning paperwork & a deposit, keep in mind these few key questions:

  1. What time will my crew arrive?  If I require a later start time, what are the costs?
  2. What can’t be moved?
  3. What are your payment terms?  When do you collect payment?
  4. If I’m packing everything on my own, what exactly needs to be packed?  Do they need to be packed a certain way?  Does my mover sell packing supplies?
  5. What coverage is included with my move?  Does my homeowner’s policy cover moves? What is the cost of Full Replacement Valuation?  What is the difference between valuation and insurance?
  6. What happens if I need to cancel or reschedule my move?
  7. Are there any other questions I should be asking?
 
Tip #4: REST!
With all the excitement & energy that goes into relocating, you’re going to need rest.  If you’re planning a farewell party, don’t plan it the night before the move.  If you’re able to, take a few days off work before, during and after the move.  Keep in mind that some moving companies start incredibly early, while others start a little later to give you more resting time.
 
Tip #5: Remember: It’s not over ‘til it’s over!
Your walk-through is done, your settlement was a breeze, your move-in was successful and you’re saying farewell to the movers.  Hold on, it’s not over just yet!  Prepare yourself for what customers call “the fun part” – settling in!  You’ll have a lot of unpacking, sorting and organizing left to do.  Fortunately, you can do this at your own pace. 

Since walls are bare and items aren’t completely put away, it might be an appropriate time to paint, clean and detail your new home.  If you’re not on a budget, plan with your mover on short term storage for a day or two.  This way, you can do cleaning, painting & detailing with less clutter.

TIP: While packing, you should prepare a “last to pack, first to unpack” box.  This box will contain all your essentials to keep your comfortable for the first few nights in your new home.  This mostly contains bedsheets, toilet paper, paper towels, bath towels, hand soap, toiletries and cleaning supplies.
 
What are you doing to stay proactive?  Leave a comment below with your tips!

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