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Choosing Home Inspection and Settlement Professionals

Double Check Your New Home - The Walkthrough

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Seniors Have Many Housing Opportunities

Preparing for the Big Day -- Relocating Moving

Make Your Home Your Castle - Cost Effective Redecorating Ideas


Moving Day

What should you do?

Here's Your Moving Day List
Review it carefully...this will be a busy day.

  • Strip your beds and make sure the bedding goes into a marked box. You will want to make sure the box is clean or use a plastic bag to wrap them in before putting them in the box. That way you can pull them out and put them on the bed without hesitation.
  • Be sure there is an adult at the home when the movers arrive. There will be papers to sign and decisions that involve charges to be made. If you can't be there for some reason, arrange for someone to take charge.

  • Confirm the delivery of goods to the new location. Provide phone numbers that can be used in transit (cell phones) and the new phone number. Make sure you have a way to contact the moving company as well.

  • Most companies have an inventory system they use to mark each box as it is loaded. It is always a good idea to put someone in charge of watching that process, making sure each box is marked and entering it on the inventory sheet. This way you can mark each box off as it is unloaded to eliminate the hassle of lost or mislaid boxes. It is easy to think you have lost something during a move, especially if you didn't do the packing yourself. The inventory system helps keep track of your goods so you don't have panic at the other end.

  • Discuss with your mover your plan. Show him where the "load first" and "load last" boxes are. Tell him about your secret room where you have tucked away items you will be taking with you. This room should have a big sign on it that says, "Do Not Move Anything From This Room." If possible, lock it. The best way to create a secret room is to use one that can be taken over completely for the "do not move" items. If you simply use a corner in a room, chances are your items may make it on the truck.

  • It is your responsibility to make sure everything is loaded, so stay on the premises until it is complete. Check all the rooms and cupboards to make sure you have left nothing behind. Be sure to look up and check for pictures, curtain rods, etc. that you may have intended to take.

  • Make sure your vacuum is packed last, so you can clean before the furniture goes into the new house.

Move-In Day
At your new home.

  • Be sure you are at the new house when the movers arrive. If you get there earlier than they, be patient. It is not as easy to maneuver a truck as a car and they may be stuck in traffic.

  • Stay around for the unloading
    process. Put one person in charge of the inventory list and one person in charge of directing the movers. Since each box will be marked, you will simply need to guide them to the right room. If one box says "Johnny's Room," you need to tell them which one that is. When it comes to
    furniture, you will also need to guide them to the proper room and the location within the room you want the piece placed. This should be planned ahead of time so you don't waste precious time having the mover haul furniture from one side of the room to another.

  • Have payment on hand for the
    moving charges. Unless other billing arrangements were made ahead of time, payment is usually required in cash, money order, travelers checks, or cashiers check. Be sure to check with your particular moving company about their policies.
  • Check to make sure the utilities are all turned on and working.

  • Confine your pets during the move. This will protect them from getting lost or hurt during the move.

  • If you have hauled your goods a fair distance, you may want to not plug in or use any appliances or electronic goods. Wait until they have heated up to room temperature before use to avoid any damage.

Organization Is a Must!
And it is NOT easy in a moving mess.

Moving takes organization. While that may not be so easy for someone like Sloppy Stuart, it has to be done. Otherwise you will waste precious time hunting through packed boxes looking for things like car keys, checkbooks and other essentials that should never be packed. This is a guide to having a smooth move. But there is a lot more involved in the moving process. You have to get estimates, decide whether you want help or will do it yourself, find a qualified mover if that is what you choose, look at insurance needs, and be prepared for anything. Other Helpful Hints... Here are some tips for handling the other aspects of your relocation process.

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