There are just so many things to think about when making a big move from one home to another. As if the process of uprooting your home and valued possessions wasn’t enough, there always seem to be a few curveballs thrown the way of those making a move either big, small or any size in between.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Thankfully, your move doesn’t have to be a horror story, and the stress of relocating your life can be minimized. Remember, not everyone can remember all the little things that have to be done during a move. However, with these simple tips your move should go a bit smoother than otherwise.
Keep tabs on vital documents and personal records
Think about the pieces of paper that are most important – even vital – to your life. Among these are birth certificates, social security cards, passports, marriage certificates, post-secondary degrees and diplomas – anything that is either official or has great meaning to you.
Don’t just toss these precious items into any old box for the moving team to grab and load into their truck along with the dishes and sporting equipment. If that box gets lost or temporarily misplaced, it can be a major hassle.
So make sure personal and important documents aren’t just tossed into a moving box – make sure you carry them with you on the day of your move.
Protect your expensive possessions
Remember, your home insurance plan should also protect your possessions during a move. Chances are your insurance provider will want to know ahead of time when you’re moving, to ensure the coverage is active for items as they move between your old and new residence. It’s also a good idea to take photographs of your most valuable items, such as TVs and computers. This way, you have some documented proof in case they are damaged or stolen en route.
Hire a respected moving company
If you think about it, any movers you hire will have all of your life’s possessions in their hands (well, their truck). Some unscrupulous movers have been known to scam homeowners, by demanding extra payment before they unload items from their locked-tight moving van. To avoid this, make sure you do some research on the company you hire for your move. Check their record with the Better Business Bureau and look around online for customer ratings. It’s also not a bad idea to ask friends and family who they’ve used for movers, and how that went.