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Old 04-01-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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Anything I should be aware of, or questions I should be asking about? Worried that my inexperience might cause me omit or forget something...Thanks.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:26 AM
 
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Anything I should be aware of, or questions I should be asking about? Worried that my inexperience might cause me omit or forget something...Thanks.
1. Do they move you by the "job" or by the hour? Sometimes they give an all inclusive quote of XXX dollars to move you while others estimate XXX hours and charge by the hour.

2. Some have a Minimum rate of XXX hours. For example, if it takes only 2 hours to move you but their minimum is 3 hours, you pay for 3 hours.

3. Find out the charge to insure your stuff. If you have antiques, electronics or other valuable items, it's a good idea to insure it.

4. Check them out with the BBB

5. Do they have references?

6. Go on the City Data forum for your city and ask for recomendations for movers.

7. Are the doing the packing? How do they charge for that? Is it in the all inclusive rate or hourly rate?

8. How many movers do they estimate you'll need to get the job done in the allotted time?
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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Excellent! Thanks so much, I will print this off and "fill in the blanks" :-)

Its a big name company (Mayflower). In light of this, anything I should know? Again, thanks, good questions!
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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Excellent! Thanks so much, I will print this off and "fill in the blanks" :-)

Its a big name company (Mayflower). In light of this, anything I should know? Again, thanks, good questions!
I've always used smaller companies myself, so I'm not familiar with their reputation. Sorry.

If this is a long distance move and they are packing your house for you, there's a couple more things.

1. How long do they estimate it will take to pack your stuff?

2. How many people do they estimate to do the packing?

3. Do they plan to pack and move the same day? If you have a LOT of stuff and are moving long distance, consider having them pack the day before the actual move date.
(My movers underestimated the # of people needed and time to pack my house. I requested an extra person and although they busted their buns, it still took longer than they estimated.

4. Plan for the unexpected. It always happens.

5. Pack a "Survival Box" of needed items b/c your house WILL be a train wreck and you WON'T be able to find the toilet paper, remote, phone, etc...when you need it.

I have a whole list of things to do when moving if you need it. Let me know cause I have this down to a science now after several interstate moves.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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Thank you SO MUCH. I am gobbling this info up. I have it all out here for when he arrives.

The survival box of needed items is an awesome idea - definitely going to do that. I would definitely love anything you have to offer in the way of ideas. We are moving 2.5 hours away, we do not have an enormous amount of stuff but I guess thats all subjective. We have a 3 bdrm with a reasonable amount of furniture and a whole lot of 'stuff'. I dont know how I ever had it all stuffed into places. This is the most ridiculous mess I've ever seen (I started packing some things myself but dont know if I should stop and let them do it yet or not).

One reason I thought to pack myself is that I'm not sure if I want to relocate everything, or if I want to sort through it as I place it into boxes and cull the items I dont need/use/want anymore. If they pack it, everything will wind up at the new place. This is chaotic.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thank you SO MUCH. I am gobbling this info up. I have it all out here for when he arrives.

The survival box of needed items is an awesome idea - definitely going to do that. I would definitely love anything you have to offer in the way of ideas. We are moving 2.5 hours away, we do not have an enormous amount of stuff but I guess thats all subjective. We have a 3 bdrm with a reasonable amount of furniture and a whole lot of 'stuff'. I dont know how I ever had it all stuffed into places. This is the most ridiculous mess I've ever seen (I started packing some things myself but dont know if I should stop and let them do it yet or not).

One reason I thought to pack myself is that I'm not sure if I want to relocate everything, or if I want to sort through it as I place it into boxes and cull the items I dont need/use/want anymore. If they pack it, everything will wind up at the new place. This is chaotic.
Actually, when you move is the BEST time to cull unwanted items. Be careful what you toss out though because what you don't need in your current home may be very useful in the new one. Think about what you have and visualize your new home and where it will go or what purpose it will serve.

For example, I had a snowblower at an old house a few years back but knew I probably would never use it when I moved to VA Beach since it rarely snows more than and inch there. I gave it to my dad.

I have some info that I had saved for myself in case I moved again that I posted here on CD. I'll cut and paste them since I can't find the link, okay.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Okay, here is Moving Tips Version #1 from Gizmobizmo!

I've made 2 out of state moves in 2 years and it can be tough. I moved a 4 bedroom, 3 bath house, 3 cars and 2 motorcycles. I also had a dog and cat. Planning and organization are key. The more you plan up front, the less chance that you'll get hit with a big surprise when you are right in the middle of moving. Here's some main pointers.......

1. Get estimates to have a professional mover, pack, move and unload your household. I did the first move entirely myself and the 2nd time hired a pro. Although it can cost more to use a pro, the time they saved me and the lack of headaches to contend with were totally worth it. I'll never move myself again!

2. Get a notebook and make several lists and keep them organized for future reference. This helps to keep track of what you've done and still need to do. Make it a point to check off things on your lists as you complete them so you can keep track of what was done, when it was done, who you spoke with, etc...
The first list should be all of the utilities you currently have and the utilities you will need to get at your new home. Call all the current ones to schedule a final reading well in advance of your move to have the reading done on the day after you move out. Don't want to cut off anything on the day you move cause you may want to get a drink of cold water, make a call, use the bathroom, take a shower, etc....Schedule the utilities to be turned on in your new place well in advance so they can schedule it when you need it done.
The second list should be all of your accounts like your bank, credit cards, magazine subscriptions, book of the month club, investments, retirement accounts, etc....ANYTHING that you get mail for. A couple days before your move, contact all of them with your new address. Don't do it too soon or your mail will arrive before you do. You don't want your credit card bill or bank statement sitting in a mailbox any longer than it has to.
The third list will be for friends, family, colleages, etc....who you want to let know you are moving.
The fourth list will be for what you need to do with your current residence. This will include contacting your landlord or realtor, inspections that need to be done, items that need to be repaired or cleaned prior to moving out, etc...If you are selling your home, this is a good list to use to keep track of what you've done, need to do and who you've spoken to and when. It's easy to lose track when the sale of a home gets lengthy and involved.
The Fifth list is for your new residence. Again, the list will depend on whether you are buying a house or renting. This is where you list contact numbers for your realtor or new landlord. What items do you need to take care of for your new home? Repairs that need to be made right away, for example.
The Sixth list will be the items that you will pack in your "Survival boxes" and carry with you in the car. (See "Survival Box" below)

3. Get a change of address form from the post office or better yet, do it online. Do this several days in advance because it takes a couple days to process the request more often than not and you don't want a crucial piece of mail left behind at your old house.

4. Notify your doctor, dentist and veterinarian (if you have pets) that you are moving so they can forward any outstanding bills. Get a copy of your medical records. Get refills for prescriptions to last a few months because you'll be too busy to find a new doctor right away after you move.

5. Go ahead and get teeth cleanings, check ups , mammograms, up-date shots, etc....for you, your family and pets out of the way too, if you have time. Once again, you will be too busy to get these things done for a while after you move.

6. Put together "Survival boxes" for each family member. These are things you will need to keep close at hand and pack in your car. I DO NOT recommend letting certain items out of your sight. Others you may need should the mover be delayed arriving with your stuff. You'll probably need most of this stuff right away and will be too tired to look for it.
These boxes should include....
ALL PERSONAL, FINANCIAL AND MEDICAL RECORDS,
A phone, clean sheets, pillow, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, toothpaste and other personal hygeine items, the remote to your TV, your address book, computer and accessories, chargers for the cell phone, medications, cameras, food for your pets, litter and litter box, leashes, etc.....Think of all the little things you use each day that you can't afford to lose track of for days or more.

7. If you have pets, get an ID for them with your cell phone number in case they escape the car during the trip. I'd also strongly suggest getting them a sedative from your vet to help them relax. Remember, you are moving your pets out of their home too and they will be confused and possibly afraid of all the activity going on around them. There is nothing quite like traveling in a car with a scared pet, listening to the never-ending meowing and barking for HOURS on end. Oh joy!

8. Make sure you and your family members have something to keep them entertained in the car and hotel. Bring magazines, books, a cell phone and fully charged I-Pod to keep the kids happy.

9. Carefully label all moving boxes so you know what room they belong in.

10. De-clutter the stuff around your home that you really don't need.

11. Research the area you are moving too as much as possible so you are somewhat informed before you get there.

12. Get the name of the school your child will be attending and have records transferred.

This covers the basics. Good planning and being very organized should make the process easier.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Moving Tips # 2 (all the stuff I forgot in version #1) from gizmobizmo

1. If you decide to use a mover, make it a point to follow up with them regarding what date they will be there to pack, how many people will they need to do it, how long it will take to load the truck and unload it. Cover this when you set up your move dates initially then follow-up a week before just in case. (Glad I did because the mover underestimated how many guys he need to pack my house up. We would have been delayed a day)

2. If you or a family member hasn't gotten a job yet, go ahead and start doing some research about jobs in that area. Each region is known for specific types of jobs (Like Banking, Warehouses, Shipping, etc...) This will help you get a feel for what is out there.

3. Go ahead and set up your Careerbuilder or Monster accounts if needed. Those are good resources to help you familiarize yourself with the companies in the area.

4. Buy yourself a really good city map. Preferably one that is in color. As you search for restaurants, movie theaters or even jobs, you can look them up on the map and get an idea where things are.

5. Map out your trip to your new home well in advance.
Take into account if you are traveling with pets and kids that you will need frequent breaks. (Bring something familiar for Fluffy and Fido to lay on because they may be scared or unsure of what is happening.)

6. If you are moving to a Metro area, look in the "Travel" section of the bookstore for a series of books called "The Insiders Guide To........" whatever city you are going to. They are are great resource to learn about your new hometown. I can send you a link if you aren't familiar with them.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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You are awesome!!!

Wow!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Anything I should be aware of, or questions I should be asking about? Worried that my inexperience might cause me omit or forget something...Thanks.
There are two points to make clear; are you moving locally or interstate?

If you're moving locally, the move should be done hourly and the rates should be very clear and upfront. You can still ask, and expect, a guaranteed, not to exceed quote on a local move. Don't be afraid to ask for that.

If you're moving interstate, it has to be done by the weight. There should be weight tickets to verify the weight and you have the right to view the process and request a reweigh. If they are doing all the packing, the packing cost should be done by the weight. If at all possible, ask for a guaranteed flat rate for packing. You don't want packers getting paid by the box.

I would recommend you check out my blog as I am in the moving industry and work for one of the countrys largest and oldest names. I have been in the business over 26 years and during that time I was a cross country driver for United, Mayflower, and Allied. Now I'm in corporate relocation sales for one of those guys.

Please read http://www.city-data.com/blogs/blog3...-yourself.html. If you check out my profile, I have a few blogs on there about what kind of coverage you should get, what questions to ask your mover, what you should expect for competitive quotes, etc. Really there are pages of information specifically dealing with the moving companies and how to avoid a bad moving experience.

I would also offer any free expert advice if you have a specific question that I didn't cover in one of those blogs. Just private message me if you would like and I'd be glad to help.

Good Luck. By the way, there is alot of good info from Gizmo as well.
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