Organize Your Move in Advance to Avoid Stress

The key to a stress-free move is to plan everything in advance so that you’re organized and totally prepared for moving day.  By following the schedule outlined below you should be able to cover all of your bases:

One Month Prior to Moving Day
– Contact Get Your Move On, LLC to schedule them for moving day and the day before if you want them to come out and pack you up.
– Check to see whether this move might be covered under your homeowner’s insurance.
– Arrange to have your children’s school records transferred.
– Call your family doctors and dentists for them to recommend others located in the area where you’re moving.
– Obtain copies of refillable prescriptions.
– Go room by room through your house sorting out which items to take with you, which items to sell at a garage sale, what should be donated and what you’ll just toss out.
– Contact your insurance agent to make sure your new home will be adequately covered with personal property insurance for fire, theft and any other appropriate coverage.  Have your health, auto and any other policies transferred to the new address.
– Get the necessary change of address forms for your driver’s license.

Three Weeks Prior to Moving
– Check to make sure all tax assessments are cleared.
– Slow down on grocery shopping because you’ll need to clear out the cupboards and refrigerator before the move. Eat what you already have on hand.
– Certain items cannot be organized and loaded onto the moving truck, which include: aerosol cans, ammunition, corrosives and anything flammable like propane tanks. Use them up or plan on giving them to a friend or neighbor before the move.
– Have someone come out to service all major appliances before moving day.

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GYMO Newsletter August 2017

 

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Five Tips To Minimize the Stress of a Summer Move

Packing up your home and moving is stressful any time of year, but it is especially hard on the nerves during the hot and humid summer months.  Here are some tips to help you stay cool, calm and collected if you’re planning to pack up and move this summer:

1. Line Up a Moving Company
As soon as you have a moving date, make an appointment with a reputable moving company like Get Your Move On, LLC to come out and give you estimates on the cost.  This will help you determine your budget while paring down the number of items you actually need to move to the new residence. Once you decide which mover to hire, schedule a date for them to come out and pack things up and set the moving date as well. The summer months are the busiest for movers, especially the last and beginning few days of each month.

2. Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Start sorting through your belongings to determine what you will be taking with you, what you can sell at a garage or yard sale, and what you should donate or toss out.  Make sure you get any necessary permits if you’re holding a garage sale.  Put up flyers around the neighborhood advertising your sale and attach prices to each item you’re selling.  For items that don’t sell, donate them to Goodwill or a local thrift store.

3. Make Arrangements for the Elderly, Children and Pets
If you have seniors, small children and/or pets, make arrangements for them to be cared for during the move.  You can book an air-conditioned hotel room or ask a friend or family member to watch them for you at their home.  You can take your dog/cat to an animal daycare or to your friend’s house in a secure carrier. This keeps all family members safe and secure and out of the hot summer sun during the move.

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When Preparing for a Corporate Relocation

Find out what your employer’s corporate relocation package looks like
Large companies often provide employees with a pre-determined relocation package that spells out what they will offer you and what you will be responsible for.  We recommend that you look into this first so you have a basis before asking about the details.  They will most likely handle moving all you’ll need from your office, but will this include paying for the moving company to pack everything up?  How soon will you be required to complete the move?  How much information will they give you ahead of time about your new home?  Will they pay your travel expenses so you can visit the new city before you move?  You need to know all these details and they may all be outlined in your employer’s relocation package.  You might want to ask your HR Manager for a copy of your relocation package.

Determine how your employer plans on compensating you for the relocation
Moving can be very costly, especially when it involves a whole family.  Is your employer planning on paying up front for your move?
Will your company be reimbursing you up to a certain point according to specific guidelines, or don’t they have a ceiling on this?
Are they willing to cover temporary housing so you have time to find a new home?  Some companies have a policy of reimbursing employees for this in a lump sum.  In this case it would be up to you to decide how the money should be spent, knowing there won’t be more coming your way if you lose money on the sale of your house or are responsible for additional closing costs you hadn’t expected.  There may be a chance for you to negotiate with your employer on these matters, especially if you are being required to relocate for their benefit.  Find out exactly how your moving costs will be handled before you begin spending your own money on the move.

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Tips For Protecting Your Belongings During A Move

Moving is a major undertaking and in the process your belongings can easily become damaged.  But, there are ways to avoid that.  If you’re worried about your expensive crystal champagne flutes or your grandmother’s antique clock surviving intact, here are some tips to help you get your belongings through the move unscathed:

1. Start with proper boxes.
Before packing anything, make sure you have the right boxes for the type of items you’re packing.  If your moving company is packing up everything for you, it won’t be a problem.  But if you’re doing the packing yourself, you should carefully consider which boxes to get.  Start with the size of your boxes. You might think, “big is better” but when you have a lot of small, fragile things it’s not safe to pack them up in a big box.  Doing this could cause them to break if large heavier items are packed on top of them.  You need to pack small items in separate smaller boxes and large heavier items in larger boxes. Get boxes in several different sizes.  Also, pack things in the appropriate type of box. If you need to pack up your TV, it should be packed into the box it came in, so I hope you saved it.  On the other hand, for a very delicate set of china, buy a sturdy box that has been specifically designed for protecting dishes.  If you’ve got some old boxes in your garage you’re thinking about using, think again.  If they’re boxes from grocery or liquor stores they may have gotten damp or wet, and in that case they’ll likely fall apart during the move, damaging your items. You need strong solid boxes.

2. Use padding.
You are definitely going to need padding for your breakable items.  Padding is a must if the box isn’t completely filled up.  You don’t want your fragile items shifting around in the box because this could cause them to break.  Foam peanuts and bubble wrap are commonly used for breakable items. For packing plates, platters, bowls, and other dishes you can use plain newsprint or tissue paper.  If you’re on a tight budget, you can simply use comforters, blankets, pillows, T-shirts and/or stuffed animals.  These can definitely provide the cushioning you need.

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To Pack or Not to Pack?

When Moving – Should You Pack Everything Yourself or Not?

 

People are always asking us how they can save money when using a full-service mover.  They actually want to know if they can save on the cost if they go ahead and pack some items themselves in advance.  The answer is yes they can, but not if they try packing things that are fragile.

The reason for this is because when the moving company transports your belongings, they assume responsibility for anything lost or damaged. But if the mover didn’t pack the box or they didn’t watch you pack it, they have no idea if it was packed properly and that everything is adequately protected.  So how can the mover be held responsible if something is damaged during the move?

Then the question becomes, “Okay, can I pack boxes without sealing them up so the mover can look inside to make sure everything’s secure?” In this case the mover would be worried about the durability of the boxes.  Have they been used before? How strong are they? It’s easy to see that expecting your mover to be responsible for the safety of all the contents is a tall order when he didn’t provide the boxes or pack them.

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