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4 Tips For An Upcoming Residential Move

Janet Alexander

Will you be moving to a new home in the near future and hiring movers to help you do it? If so, follow these tips that will help ensure a successful move.

Avoid Procrastinating Until The Last Minute

A mistake that many people make is procrastinating, typically because they underestimate all of the work that needs to be done to get ready to move. This can happen due to not getting belongings packed away in boxes in time, or underestimating how long it will take to disassemble furniture. Your goal should be to have things packed and ready to go before your moving day, and not rush to get things done on the day of. If you hire professional movers, they may be waiting around for you to finish up so they can take things into the moving truck.

Pack Your Least Used Rooms First

A good way to stay on top of packing is to not just start packing early, but start with the rooms of your home that are used least often. This means packing up things in the garage, basement, and spare bedroom that are not frequently used. This way all of the packed boxes and disassembled items are out of the way while you're still living in the home up until your moving day. Don't start in your kitchen and bedrooms, since it's going to be problematic where you're using things in those rooms on a daily basis.

Stage All Your Boxes Somewhere Convenient

The less work you have to do on your moving day will make things go smoother in general. You can speed up your moving day by staging where all your boxes are located once they are packed. If you have a garage, consider staging everything in the garage the day before so that the moving truck can back up right to the garage. Don't have a garage? Use your living room as a staging area right near the door where the movers will come in and out.

Buy Insurance For Additional Protection

Be aware that the standard insurance offered by a moving company will only insure items by their weight instead of their worth, and you'll only get a few cents per pound. It gives you some money for the inconvenience of having things arrive damaged, but not enough money to actually replace damaged items. If you're using a professional moving company, know that you'll have the option of purchasing insurance that will protect your belongings. This covers the entire replacement value of damaged items to ensure that you won't have to deal with damaged goods.

For more information on residential moving, contact a professional near you.


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After I started organizing my basement, I could tell that there were a few serious problems with my previous storage procedure. In addition to finding more than a few issues with damaged items, I also had a problem tracking down the things that I needed, which was frustrating. I wanted to streamline the experience, so I started going through everything and getting rid of things I didn't need. It was difficult at first, but after a few boxes, things became much easier to handle. Check out this blog for great information on storing the smart way and avoiding trouble in the long run.