Moving Tips



General
TopMovingCompanies.com is here to help you move. Whether you’ve moved a hundred times or if this is your first move, you will benefit greatly from the advice and tips in our extensive moving guide. All the information presented to you has been gathered from moving industry professionals. Below you will find some general tips that will help you get started. Continue to read on and browse our site to get more detailed moving advice. We are here to help take the stress out of moving – so let’s get started!.
  • As you might imagine, the moving industry has "peak" and "off peak" seasons. The "peak" season for movers is during the summer. The beginning and end of the month, and also the end of the year holidays, are extra busy for movers. During these periods the demand for moving equipment, vans, and personnel is heavy. Your move should always occur at a time that is convenient for you and your family, but if you can reschedule for a time when the van line agents will be less busy, you may be able to reduce your moving costs.

  • If you have children you will most likely want to move when the school term is up. Unfortunately this may fall into the peak season and your costs will probably be higher. For younger children, moving to a new school in the middle of the school term will probably not create any problems. However, older children and teenagers will be in the middle of academic courses and this may not be a good time to uproot them. Older children will also have developed stronger ties to their friends and may be very upset if moved mid term.

  • Select moving companies and contact them to set up appointments for estimates. Inspect your home from top to bottom and decide what you want to move and what will be discarded. A relocation consultant will come to your home and do a visual inventory of the contents you are planning to move. A written estimate will be prepared for your review. Remember that there is more than one type of estimate. The two most common types of estimates are binding and non-binding estimates.

  • Effectively communicating with your mover will be a key to a successful move. Make sure the mover has marked all items as "going" or "not going" on the survey sheet. The mover’s estimate will include transportation charges and charges for additional services that you may have requested. Remember to inform the mover of any changes in your shipment. If you decide to take more or fewer items, then the total cost of your move will change.

  • The moving company is not liable for damage to boxes packed by the customer and the driver has the right to refuse to accept any carton that may be improperly packed. If the driver has to re-pack cartons that the customer has packed, additional charges will apply. It is also important to be aware of any exterior damage on your packed goods, even if packed by the mover. If there is obvious exterior damage then make a note on the inventory sheet of your shipment. If you decide to do your own packing, start collecting packing supplies and strong boxes suitable for moving. Make sure to complete all packing by moving day.

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  • If your company is relocating you, find out what portion of your moving expenses will be paid by your company.

  • Have your antiques appraised to verify their value before moving. Keep in mind that retouching, waxing or oiling wood furniture before moving may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.

  • Notify the post office that you will be moving. Provide them with a new address (permanent or temporary). You can use the following link to change your address online: https://moversguide.usps.com/?referral=USPS.

These are just a few tips to help you get started. Continue to explore our site to find useful advice tailored to your specific move.