Valuable Tips on Moving from the Experts
The key to a smooth move is organization. Based on our years of experience, we have compiled this series of moving tips. These tips on moving are helpful hints and useful suggestions to assist you in organizing and planning your next move.
Remember, in addition to these moving tips
, your local Converge Movers representative is also an excellent resource for any questions you encounter when planning a move. Most of our representatives have many years of moving experience, and chances are, they’ll not only have an answer to your question – they’ll have a range of answers and helpful solutions.
When you’re ready, contact local Converge Movers gent or fill out our moving quote form and an agent will contact you to schedule a free, in-home moving estimate.
The following is a partial list of moving tips, based on some of the most important things to consider. Refer to our moving
- De-clutter and purge unwanted items. The more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be – saving you packing time, loading time and ultimately – money.
- Make a list of all utilities you’ll need to contact to set up end-of-service dates and final bill details; likewise with start-of-service dates at your new home. Check off each utility as you make arrangements.
- Make a similar list for all other bills, like mortgages, auto loans/leases, and credit card and cell phone accounts.
- Try to move during the week, when more services like banks, government offices, utilities, mechanics and tow-services are open, in the event you run into any problems and need assistance.
- If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your new home.
- If you’re having Converge Movers do the packing and moving, make sure to separate valuable and/or irreplaceable items like important paperwork/documents, jewelry, family heirlooms, keepsakes, photos or any other items you’d feel more comfortable moving yourself.
- Plan ahead regarding prescription medications – make sure you’ll have enough with you during your move, and transfer prescriptions to your new pharmacy in advance of your move.
- Working with the mover:
- Call your Converge Movers agent. Set a date for the agent to visually survey your home and prepare a moving estimate.
- Do you want to do any of the packing — or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
- Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
- Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.
- Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates.
- Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.
- Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
- If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.
- Point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.
- If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the team leader will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
- Collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children’s toys, and place in separate groups.
- Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.
- Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure you authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.
- On the day of delivery, the team leader will attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an appearance at residence if he is unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment within the free waiting time (i.e., two hours) after notification of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made.
- Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is a change in the condition of the property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note discrepancies on the van operator’s copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your salesperson or move coordinator.
- When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of rugs and setting up any beds disassembled at origin
- Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, which the movers can use to determine where each piece of furniture should go.
- Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns.
- To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.
- It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the packing. list. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.
- Approve and sign the Packing List/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment.
- Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods
Places to notify:
Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following checklist will be helpful
Last minute details:
- Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
- Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
- It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense. If you have failed to have an article serviced, the van operator may load and haul it but will mark the inventory sheet “Not Serviced.”
- Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the van leaves and you finish last-minute calls, be sure to pack the phone in one of your suitcases.
Take a last look around:
- Water shut off?
- Furnace and air conditioner shut off?
- Light switches turned off?
- All utilities arranged for disconnection?
- Windows shut and locked?
- Old house keys surrendered?
- Have you left anything?