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Old 01-06-2019, 03:17 PM
Location: Western MA
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It's looking like I will be closing on my new house in about a week or two. I am not sure when exactly I will plan to move, but I would like to be in sometime in February, I think. This move is from New Hampshire to Massachusetts, about 100 miles, so not across the country, but also not just over to the next town either.

Since I haven't closed yet, I haven't contacted any movers. I am wondering what most of you have done, timing-wise? I am also worried about having a plan and then getting a big snowstorm -- my place in Nashua (a townhouse) can be particularly troublesome in the snow, parking, snow clearing, snow banks, snow plows can create a big bottleneck during a storm (we don't have garages). So, I am stressing about how to plan everything!

Thoughts and experiences are welcome.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:00 PM
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I contacted a mover last week to get some info about a possible June move. He told me to call about 1-1.5 months ahead of time.

I would call now. You will probably be fine since it's a shorter move and not in busy season. Even though you might not have an exact date yet, you will be able to get someone set up and find out how weather might affect your move.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:52 AM
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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For 100 miles, that’s pretty much a local mover. A few weeks ahead of time should be plenty of notice. Call a few local movers and ask.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:14 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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About 2 months.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:12 PM
Location: Western MA
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Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:59 PM
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It basically depends if you moving locally or several states away and what time of the year you are moving.

I called two large movers about a month advance for a 500 mile move and both companies said their schedules were full and booked for the next two months since it was mid summer.

Once you know your moving, it’s better to get estimates early on so you would still have time to price up different ways to move such as POD’s or other container moving options.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:12 PM
Location: Florida -
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If you only plan to call a specific mover to load things, move and then unload, it's only a matter of their availability (1-2 weeks).

Do you also plan to have them wrap and pack before the move? How much disassembly/reassembly will be necessary? Will you want multiple estimates? Will you need time to clean the house and/or prepare the new house? What about appliances, window treatment, etc.? When does your buyer want to be in your house?
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:22 PM
Location: NC
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We are planning to close on our new home on February 1st. We are doing a Uhaul for the first move, we have to move my dad into an independent living and then close on our house the next day and need to move some furniture in there to be able to exist there on and off during the times we'll be going back and forth while finalizing our house to put it on the market (we have dogs and don't want them here once the house is ready to market). Then we plan on moving the rest of our stuff at the end of February. We have already called several moving companies to get quotes. We are moving about 280 miles from where we live right now, within the same state.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:23 PM
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Location: Beaverton, OR
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I called a year-plus before I planned to move, but that's because I needed a quote for an 800+ mile move and I just wanted to make sure my idea that it shouldn't cost more than $10,000 was actually accurate. The guy told me around $7,500, and I told him I won't be in touch for a while because it's a long ways off, but it was still good to have that for budgeting purposes.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:24 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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About a month, but we had a big move. A household of 7 people 2 giant dogs and a myriad of other pets, moving 2500 miles. We had to check into a lot of different options. It ended up costing us $33,000, so it was a major project and took a lot of time to figure out how we wanted to do it and who we wanted to use.

In your area, there is a company called "Gentle Giants" My son worked for them for a summer. They are a premium company but if you want top service and absolute guarantee of no damage (or quality repair of any damage that does occur), this is the company to use. They are not cheap, and if you are moving cheap junky furniture and things, I would not bother, but if you have really nice stuff, this would be the way to go. Cheapest is not always your best option.

And do'nt forget to tip the workers. They rely on tips for dinner.
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