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How excited are you about moving to your new
house? Well, if you’re a first-time mover, you probably may be thrilled at the
idea of going to your new home, redecorating it, making new friends, and
exploring new places. For those of you who have had experience in moving
before, you must be aware of the different challenges involved in the process.
Regardless of whether you’re a first-time mover or have moved before, moving to
a new place is like going out of your comfort zone.
New people, new environment, new experiences…Moving can also get very physically and mentally exhausting. You’ll find yourself entangled in several responsibilities like decluttering your home, packing your things, getting your documents updated, and the list can just go on and on. But with careful planning and the right people beside you, you can get through all of this successfully. So keep reading as we unravel some of the things that nobody tells you about moving.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
There are going to be tons of things that you have to do
prior to your moving day. Whether yours is a small or a big move, things can
get complicated. You might find yourself trapped in a situation wherein your
movers arrive late, your packing is yet to finish or the final moving cost
exceeds your moving budget. Have you thought about what you’ll do in such a
Here are some things to consider about your moving expenses that nobody really talks about:
If you’re worried about spending a few extra bucks on your moving, you better plan a moving budget for yourself. The best way to do it is by making a home inventory. That way you’ll get an idea of what things need to be packed, whether professional help is needed, how many packing materials you’ll need to purchase, etc. Once you’ve made an inventory, you can approach several moving companies and ask for their moving estimates. That way you can compare the costs of different companies and then choose one that suits your needs and budget.
See also: How Much Does it Cost to Move Out of State
We’ve listed down certain costs related to your move that
you should consider before planning your budget or hiring a moving company:
Extra Costs For Packing Furniture
And Other Specialty Items
Packing an entire house means that you’ll literally have to
move all your possessions to your new home. Now there are going to be some
things which need special handling and care while packing, like your furniture,
antiques, wall art pieces, expensive china, dishes, etc. Not every moving
company will provide packing services for such specialty items. So you need to
be mentally prepared for paying a certain extra amount if you’re seeking
packing services for such specialty items.
Getting Insurance For Your Items
When you hire a moving company, be sure to ask them about their
insurance policy. Although moving companies have experience in handling
different types of moves and packing items, you never know what can go wrong
during a move. There’s a possibility that the weather doesn’t work in your
favor, an accident happens while packing or during transportation and your
items may get damaged. In such situations, insurance will help you get
compensation from your moving company. All you have to do is ask your moving
company about their insurance policies, and see whether you need insurance
plans for any of your items.
Note: Most moving companies adhere to the liability formula of 60 cents per pound for each of your items. Just to give you an idea, suppose your 50-pound TV gets damaged during the move, your mover may pay you only $30 regardless of how expensive your TV is.
Hidden Costs Related To Your Move
If you think that planning a moving budget and getting your moving estimate will give you the final cost of your move, you’re probably wrong. Sometimes your movers will not disclose certain hidden costs related to your move. They may just drop the bomb on you on your moving day when you get the final moving bill in your hands. As much as we regret to tell you this, that is a possibility which cannot be ignored as all moving companies are not really transparent about their moving costs.
These are certain things for which you might be charged a
hidden fee from your movers or brokers, so you better make a mental note of the
Moving can get you really stressed and mentally tired, which
is why a lot of things can slip out of your mind. But inside those drawers in
your closet, there will be certain important documents that cannot be
overlooked. So see to it that you don’t forget them when you are packing your
Here’s a list of some important documents that you need to keep safely when you’re moving:
Another thing you need to be mindful of is that these documents
can come to the rescue when you least expect it. You obviously don’t want to
risk these documents getting lost during transportation if you pack them with
other items. That’s why you need to keep them in a separate safe deposit box or
bag which you can carry with you.
Most states require their residents to update their driving
license and get the vehicle registered in a certain amount of time. This time
frame differs according to states, for most states the time allotted is 30 days
from the time of the move. All you have to do is approach your local DMV
(Department Of Motor Vehicles) or RMV (Registry Of Motor Vehicles) and fill out
the required paperwork. Many states also provide online services for filling
out the application form, so make sure you check your state’s requirements and
update your documents at the earliest.
On your moving day, there will be a lot of people in your
house carrying your items and loading them onto the truck. There will be boxes
everywhere with your things packed inside and this can get your children and
pets anxious or frightened about the move. Another possibility is that your
little ones can go running around and you definitely don’t want them to get
injured or any of your items to get damaged. So it’s best if you ask your
family members or friends to help you take care of them while you execute your
move. Just remember to confirm their availability in advance.
See also: Moving with Kids | Moving with Pets
Your job doesn’t get over after packing your belongings and loading them onto your moving truck. One of the most important things which can easily be forgotten is notifying your landlord about your move. Sadly, it’s not going to be as casual and informal as telling your friends and relatives. You’ll have to send a formal notice letter well in advance, that depends on the terms and conditions listed on your lease agreement. So hunt for your agreement and see to it that you go through it before writing your letter. Also, don’t forget to mention your new address in the notice so that your landlord can refund you your remaining Social Security deposit.
Before you move, visit your local post office and change your postal address so
that all your mails reach you on time at your new home.
Life is not always a fairytale, right? Not everything in
your move will go according to your plan. That’s why you need to be realistic
and have a backup plan for your move just in case things don’t go the way you
planned. For instance, any unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions can
totally disrupt your move and damage your belongings. So if you’ve already
spoken to your movers regarding what precautions they would undertake to
protect your belongings, like for example storage facilities, then you’re all
Here’s what all you can do before moving to reduce the
possibilities of unforeseen circumstances as much as possible:
Although moving to a new place can seem frustrating and
mentally tiring, with proper planning, you can surely have a successful move.
All you need to do is have a calm mind and start planning your move well in
advance. If you’ve read our article, you are definitely ready to plan and carry
out your move.
What Items Are Not Worth Moving?
The items which you barely use or which aren’t in a good
condition are definitely not worth moving to your new home. These items can
include old clothes, DVDs, broken appliances, old curtains, old or broken
What Do I Need To Think About When
The first thing you need to do is make an inventory of your
house. Once you have that, you can consult different moving companies and get
estimates from them to compare their costs. Finally, choose one that suits your
needs and budget. Always make sure that you book your moving company well in
advance and start packing your items at least one or two months before your
actual moving date.
Who Do You Have To Inform When
First and foremost, see to it that you inform your landlord and send him a 30 days notice explaining the reason for your move. Also, don’t forget to visit your local postal office and ask them to change your postal address. You should also inform your neighbors, friends, and family about your move. If you’re lucky enough, they may even volunteer to help you with your move!
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