Tips to Minimize Moving Day Headaches

Feb 11, 2013 No Comments by

Preparing for a move can be stressful and expensive. Fortunately, a little early preparation can mitigate moving day migraines without taking you off your schedule.

Moving companies are in constant competition for new business. Don’t just book the first van you find. Shop around, and negotiate the best possible rate for your move.

It may surprise you to learn that some items you are looking to discard can’t simply be left curbside. Be sure to contact your local officials to learn what you can leave for garbage collection or dump on the sidewalk without proper documentation.

Speaking of documents, don’t let the hustle and bustle of your big move cause you to forget to store your important paper. Wills, legal contracts, bank records, sales receipts, insurance policies, and tax statements can all be lost in a sea of moving vans. Take a moment to scan these onto your computer and then back them up securely. Not only will you be saving yourself a major headache in the future, you might be able to utilize some expense receipts associated with your move as an Uncle Sam write-off. Yes, it really does pay to be organized.

You may also want to consider having some of your more valuable items appraised in case they are lost or damaged by your movers. Keep copies of the forms, and this will make filing a claim easier.

Sometimes the most obvious parts of a move can be the toughest to follow through on. Before you settle into your new home, make sure the gas, electricity, heat, and water are turned on. Also, change your address at the post office or online to appropriately route your mail.

By being a little proactive, you can make your move less stressful and much smoother.


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