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The key to a successful, economical, and efficient move is all the preparation. The following should help you accomplish the task of preparing for your move.
First and foremost, pack yourself.
Packing is the number one way to save. Use the proper materials and do not hesitate to ask for advice.
Most people do pack themselves, however in most cases there are a few loose ends for the movers to take care of (i.e.: pictures, glass tops, glass shelves, plants, hanging clothing, lamps and shades). These items add to your cost with both time and material charges. If you plan to transport any items yourself, consider handling these items.
Dismantling and reassembly.
Anytime your movers have to use tools to dismantle or reassemble an item, more time is used. Remember for local moves, your final cost is based on the actual time taken. If possible have items requiring tools (i.e. beds, cribs, washer, dryer, icemaker, exercise equipment) taken care of prior to moving day.
Centralize your boxes.
Typically boxes will make up 15% to 20% of your total shipment. As you pack, move your boxes to a central area like the garage or front room. Less time is involved moving them from a central area rather than having them spread throughout the house. More time and money can be saved if your boxes are delivered to a central area at your destination.
Ignore the “I might need it someday” syndrome.
Do not move items that will not be used at your new home (i.e. books, record albums, exercise equipment, rugs, old tools). You do not need to furnish the attic.
Donate to your favorite charity.
Itemize the items and keep receipts. It may help you qualify for a tax deduction.
Ask for friends for help.
Having your friends and family around to help out on moving day will help you get the job done more quickly than you would alone, keep you organized, and also keep you safe from injury.
Be available on moving day.
It is important for you to be available to your movers to help coordinate and answer questions while loading and unloading your moving truck.
If the descriptions of your move changes from what you described to your estimator, it is imperative that you make your mover aware prior to moving day. Our movers will be prepared to pack only the items listed on your estimate.
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