5 Tips for Stress Free Moving

Tips to Make Your Moving Day Go Smoothly

Just the thought of moving makes people shudder. Most of us have memories of previous moves and cringe at the thought of ever having to do it again. Sometimes, whether we like it or not, it’s a necessity. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some tips to help you save money and make the move go as smoothly as possible.

Do Some Research

Tip #1 — When choosing a professional moving company, don’t simply look in the local classifieds or the Yellow Pages and choose the first one you see. Before choosing a mover, get at least three in-home estimates. This way you can compare prices.

Tip #2 — During the in-home estimates, ask questions. Reputable movers will give you paperwork called, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.’ This lets you know what you can and can’t expect from each mover. Also, ask about the companies’ dispute and settlement program in the event you aren’t happy with the condition of your belongings after the move.

Tip #3 — Compare estimates and what services each mover offers. Don’t sign a contract until the mover shows you proof of insurance.

Tip #4 — Check ratings and referrals and call the State Department of Transportation (1-800-786-5368) to check their license.

Tip #5 — Before the big day, make sure you have the estimate in writing and the dates are correct. The mover will give you an inventory of everything they are moving and the condition it was in at the time of the move. Make sure you have this list before the mover leaves with your possessions. Once the move is complete, be sure and check off your belongings to be sure everything was delivered and nothing is missing.

Plan ahead and accept the fact that it will be a stressful time. Make sure you have done your research and are shipping with a reputable mover. Make sure you have all the paperwork in order. Following these tips will make your moving day as smooth as possible.