Jan 08

Moving Tips – Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Made

I recently moved to a new home. My kids and I absolutely love where we’re living, BUT getting there sure wasn’t easy. Packing, moving and unpacking is no fun at all. And I made a horrible mistake –  by thinking I didn’t have that much stuff to move. I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I’ve moved a few times over the years and it always amazes me how much stuff I have. The truth is…. you never know how much stuff you have until it’s time to move!

I got help moving some of the heavier boxes and larger pieces of furniture, but for the most part I did everything myself. My minivan must have made at least 100 trips between my old house and my new one, just 3 miles away. But with the price of gas these days, I was crazy to think I was saving money doing it myself.

Because I had underestimated what I had, I was completely overwhelmed when it came time to pack, move and unpack it all. If I had to do it over again I would have definitely hired a mover. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few moving tips, so that you won’t have to make the same mistakes I made:
1. Plan ahead. Compose a master list of all the things you need to do and when they need to get done. This will ensure you won’t forget something critical.

2. On most moving company websites, you’ll find online moving cost calculators. This is a great way to get a preliminary idea of what your moving expenses will be.

3. Contact successful real estate agents in your area and ask them to recommend a reputable LOCAL  moving companies. Contact a few and set up appointments for an in-home estimate. Visit the company’s office, check out the company’s trucks and storage facility.  Find out if they will be doing the move or subcontracting the job to someone else.

4. Find out how long the company has been in business.  Ask for details about their pricing, insurance requirements and how they determine the value of your belongings. Make sure the company you’re considering is licensed and insured.  Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the company.

5. Don’t sign any documents that you don’t fully understand.  Ask for references of satisfied previous customers and call them.

6. Visit www.movingscams.com to learn more about finding a reputable moving company.

7. Don’t waste time and money packing and moving items you no longer want or need. Consider getting rid of anything you haven’t used or worn in over a year.  Have a garage sale, donate to charity and/or recycle.

Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions, former Realtor and co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days System. Call 860-302-0333 to learn more.

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