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Get Ready For the Movers

Aug 10, 2008
You signed off on your old home and found the new one; and the movers are scheduled. You should get ready for the movers. The move should be as efficient and controlled as possible. Preparing in advance allows for a less stressful move with less cost.

Before The Move

Making the move as easy as possible is the goal. Having everything ready for the movers helps this goal. Here are some suggestions to help.

- Smaller items should already be packed.
- Anything fragile should be wrapped and taped to prevent breakage
- Boxes and small items should be stacked and ready if possible
- Make a list for any boxes with multiple items
- Empty dresser drawers if possible.
- Remove garbage.
- Place pets into carriers with plenty of paper, food and water
- Be ready to answer any questions.

While Moving In

When you and your movers arrive at the new home, many things will be going on at one time. Reduce the confusion with these simple ideas.

- Know where everything goes before it enters the home.
- Place the pets in an outlying room in the carriers until the movers leave.
- Stay out of the mover's path when directing traffic.
- Don't unpack while moving in; get everything where it belongs first.
- Check each box, or item, as its set down to ensure everything arrives.
- Check boxes and fragile items for damage before the movers leave.
- Unless paid in advance, have the payment ready.

Label Everything

For most people moving isn't a one time event. Anyone moving multiple times knows about labeling boxes correctly. Both the movers and you will know where everything goes. Some simple labeling tips can ease the confusion.

- Mark anything breakable as FRAGILE in capital letters.
- Mark each box with its contents on at least two sides and top.
- Label everything with the room location and its contents.
- If an item needs to stand upright, mark TOP on the top of the box.
- Use black marker to label the boxes; mark the box, not the tape.

The Estimate and Contract

The people providing time frames and cost estimates may not be doing the moving; and the movers who move everything may run into problems. Because of these facts, knowing the estimate and contract can help reduce extra costs and hassles.

- Know the extra fees for time and labor
- Ask beforehand about possible problem situations.
- Have all paperwork handy when you move.

Time Is Money

For both the movers and you, time is valuable. Make attempts not to create delays. Understand the scheduled date and cancellation policies before the moving date.

By following these easy suggestions, making the move from old home to new home will be a hassle free, controlled and simplified affair.
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