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Quick Tip Planner -- Here are some things to think about as
you prepare for a move:
- Summer is "peak" moving season. If you can
be flexible about when you move, don't wait until the summer.
Also keep in mind that the first and last weeks of the month
are extra-busy for all movers.
- Specify the exact date you want to move and
when it will be convenient for an agent to visually survey your
household and prepare an estimate.
- Tour your house before the agent arrives.
Check from attic to basement, and determine what will be moved
and what will be discarded. Show your agent everything you will
- If you plan to do the packing yourself, start
collecting suitable containers and packing materials. Set packing
goals and deadlines. Have all packing complete by moving day.
- If you are being relocated at your company's
request, find out what portion of your moving expenses will
be paid by the company. If your company has a written moving
policy, ask for a copy.
- Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning
fluids, aerosol cans, fireworks and matches. Drain the fuel
from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used
containers of any substance that may leak. Empty the water from
your steam iron.
- Obtain a written appraisal of antique items
to verify their value. Don't wax or oil wood furniture before
moving, because some products may soften the wood, making it
vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
- Unplug all electronic equipment such as television
sets, home computers, stereos, etc., 24 hours in advance of
a move so they will be at room temperature on moving day. Moving
a TV set and other electronic equipment in which heat is still
retained could cause internal damage.