Tips for your move

Tips for your move

The Census data tells us the 31 million Americans moved in 2019. Americans move a lot, an average of 11.7 times in their lives. So here are some useful moving tips that are going to help a lot of people. The tips for moving you will find here is the result of many years of closely watching relocation services and the problems people face. These moving tips will show you how to move in California easily and safely.

Before the move:

  1. Plan early. Start looking for a moving company as soon as you have decided to move to another city or within the same city. There are many good local and long-distance moving companies in California. Use the internet to find relocation companies, ask your family and friends who have moved before.
  2. Contact at least 3-4 California moving companies and ask for quotes. Some of them will make home visits, while others will give you an estimate depending on the number of bedrooms in your house. Make sure that you receive the quote in writing.
  3. Always hire a fully licensed and insured moving company. Be wary of very cheap moves. The cheapest service is rarely the best.
  4. The quote you receive may not include the price for drilling, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical appliances. Be sure about what is excluded.
  5. Fix up the date and time of your move.
  6. Read up our moving guide and think of any other questions that comes to your mind. Ask for answers from your moving service.
  7. Decide whether you need a storage facility. There should be a separate contract for this. Ask whether the storage facility is clean and safe. Be particularly careful if you have valuable possessions like costly furniture, jewelry, works of art, piano, electronics, chandeliers, and precious glassware. Demand a deposit contract for using the warehouse.
  8. Local moves usually take about a day. Long-distance national moves about 2 to 3 days. But always ask your moving company how long it will take.
  9. Transfer all the utilities – internet, power, water.
  10. Arrange for school transfer.
  11. Check your new home for water leakage, power set up, security systems.

The day of the move:

  1. Read up packing tips for moving. Remember, packing, loading, transit, and unloading are all very important. There will be a higher chance of damage if everything is not packed well.
  2. Start packing early. This is not something you can do in haste.
  3. Label each box. Give them numbers. Write down what you have in each box. Have separate boxes for the living room, kitchen, bedrooms. Don’t mix up.
  4. Demand identification when the moving employees come to your place. This is a very important moving tip – remember always.
  5. One person from the family should be always with the employees. Do not over trust even if the movers and packers are very credible. Watch closely while they are loading your stuff into the vehicle.
  6. Keep some cash with you. This will be handy.

After the move:

  1. Check the boxes even before packing. Do you see any damage? Take pictures if you do. Then unpack and check the status. Create a list of broken or damaged items and take pictures once again. Forward the list and pictures to the moving company manager. Ask him to sign the document and call the company to report the incident.
  2. Call the moving service immediately if you notice any damage later. Remember, you have to report within 24 hours. For packed objects, this is 5 business days.
  3. Always ask for an invoice. This is the only document that shows that the move is complete.

Packing on your own:

  1. Self-packing can save you money. So consider packing at least a part (half-packing) of your home. Read our moving guide for packing tips.
  2. Clean everything before packing. This will save you trouble on arrival.
  3. Make sure that all the boxes are packed tight. They can bounce inside if there is any empty space. Secure everything.
  4. Separate packing supplies are needed for different things, for example, electronics, glassware, cups and pans, television, furniture, etc. Ask your moving company to provide packing tips for moving each item.
  5. Label each box. Assign them numbers.
  6. Have different boxes for each room. Don’t mix them.
  7. Place the books horizontally so that the corners are not damaged.

The moving budget:

How much the move cost you will depend on various factors like,

  1. Distance of the move (local or long-distance move)
  2. Number of bedrooms
  3. Total weight
  4. Resources deployed
  5. Time of the move
  6. Type of vehicle and goods

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