You should start early and plan your move. There are a lot of things you will need to do, so the worst mistake you can make is not giving yourself enough time to do everything. The following are a few things you need to think about prior to the movers showing up at your door on moving day.
Only move what you need and want
It doesn’t take long to gather a lot of junk. The longer you live in a certain place, the more junk you will have. You need to plan ahead, and give yourself enough time to go through everything you have. Anything you don’t want that still has use, you should consider donating to a thrift store. If you have enough stuff, you may want to first have a garage sale, and then donate the unsold items. The less you have to move, the cheaper it will be and the less time you will need to pack your items.
Consider using a packing service
Packing may seem easy, but you can get bogged down doing it. Often you will find that you had more items to pack than you thought, and add to this, you are doing something that you are not used to doing. For both of these reasons, packing can become a chore. In addition, you may not know the best way to pack fragile times or which packing materials are best to use. There are professional packing services that you can hire. They will have all of the packing materials needed for your household items and know the best way to pack everything. You may think you are saving money packing everything yourself, but once you factor in everything in the process of packing, you may find a packing service to be cost effective.
Remember to notify everyone
At the top of the list is a change of address. You can get a card at your local post office, so your mail can be forwarded for 30 days. As soon as possible, you need to inform all of your lenders, credit card companies, insurance companies, as well as any friends and relatives who will want to know your new address.
How do you plan on moving your pet? You should not wait until the last minute because animals don’t always travel well. If you have already been on at least one trip with your pet, this may not be an issue, but if you haven’t, you may want to think about talking to a veterinarian. If you have a dog or cat, you may be able to get medication to help with traveling. Also, if the trip is long, some pets, especially dogs will need exercise. You will need to plan for breaks. If you are traveling by car and you will be taking one or more nights to get to Florida, you will need to find a place to stay that allows pets, so plan ahead for this. You don’t want to leave a pet in the car over night.
Make sure you have enough insurance
Although it is true that moving companies carry some insurance, the coverage is limited. You need to ask about the amount of coverage that is a part of the move. It will likely be less than you thought it would be. However, many moving companies offer additional coverage. Depending upon what you have, it may be worth buying additional insurance for the move.
Get a quote from a moving company
Not only should you do this in advance, but you need to make sure you understand what the extra fees may be. Often there is a misunderstanding about what is included in the quote only to find out that you have something large that was overlooked in the quotation process. If you do have something that is difficult to move and are not in love with the item, you may want to consider selling it before you go. A large exercise machine is a good example of this.
The key to a successful move is to plan ahead, and take your time making the move. Often, there is not as much time as you would like to have. Perhaps you were notified of a transfer at your company, so you do not have as much time as you would like. Whatever the situation might be, one of the best sources of help is a moving company. You can click here for more information on your move to Florida.