If you’re moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. However, in any season, if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly. Here is what you can do to make your move a seamless transition.

Ask yourself; can I do it alone or should I hire a licensed moving company for a full-service or partial-service move? The answer depends on your lifestyle, household size, budget and amount of time you have to get everything accomplished. Get written quotes from at least three licensed moving companies so you know you’re getting the best deal based on your specific moving needs. If you are moving yourself or doing a partial-service move, packing calculators can make it easier to estimate the amount of boxes and packing materials needed.

Plan to unpack BEFORE you pack. Take photos of each room in the new home before you arrive with furniture, plants, appliances and family in tow. Write down on a clip board where each item should go in your next home before packing, and carry it with you on moving day. List out the major items that need to be assembled first. As you place each item in its new room, cross it off the list, and you will be one step closer to enjoying your new home.

Be strategic about packing. If you have more than a month to ‘pick up and move’, start early. Complete a change of address form, and schedule utilities ahead of time. Start packing early. Whether it’s one room, one cabinet or one drawer at a time, weed through what may be years of accumulation. As you’re going through your belongings, divide everything into these helpful categories: donate to charity, give to a friend, recycle, trash, pack now, or keep handy until moving day. You’ll be surprised at how much you can donate, recycle or give to friends.

Plan ahead! If you have children and/or pets, make arrangements for them to stay with a friend or family member on the day of your move. The sooner you get everything into your new home, the sooner everyone can enjoy it together.

Keep track of small parts. Certain items need to be broken down into pieces when moving. Put everything in a baggie that is clearly marked and sealed. Keep all of the separate baggies together, and personally take it with you to your new home.

Take pictures of electronic hook-ups. Hooking up TVs, DVRs, home theater systems and computers can be challenging. Before unplugging any wires for the move, take a photo of the connections, print them out and label them in detail. This will create fewer headaches when setting up technology in the new home. Keep track of all loose wires using baggies or boxes that are clearly labeled, and personally carry these easy-to-lose items on moving day as well.

Products such as detergents, pesticides and paint should be kept separate from everything else. Pack and seal them extra tight for protection against leaks. Be sure to mark the contents! To be extra safe, move these items yourself!

If using a professional mover, consider getting full value insurance protection. It provides peace of mind. Investing in full value protection means any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made at current market value, regardless of age. It's important to note that the required minimum coverage of 60 cents per pound would not cover the replacement cost of more expensive items such as a flat screen TV if damaged in transit.

Know your rights! If using a professional mover, research your rights as a consumer with either the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for interstate moves or contact the state agency within the state in which you reside for moves within state. Also, enlist the help of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or local law enforcement if the moving company fails to live up to its promises or threatens to hold your belongings hostage. FMCSA requires interstate movers to offer arbitration to help settle disputed claims.

Print this useful information for your next move! It really works! I know from my own experience.

Angela Galluccio
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Tel: 646.207.8501

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