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Tips: Getting Ready To Move

What to Consider when Choosing a Mover.

  • Services Offered. Consider what you need out of the mover. Do you need insurance for items? Do you have special packing needs for flat screen TVs or specialty lighting? Research various vendors to find out what services they offer for your special needs. If it is a distance move, professional packing can be well worth the extra money. Does the company offer that?
  • AMSA Membership and Liability Insurance. The American Moving and Storage Association is the national trade association for Movers. It holds its members to legal, ethical and safety standards. Be sure your mover is an active member of the AMSA in good standing. Also, inquire about the company’s liability insurance. If they don’t have insurance, that is a red flag.
  • Price. There is a lot of competition in the moving space. Oftentimes you get what you pay for. Different companies have different levels of service.  If you have high expectations and concern over the safety of your valuables, cleanliness, and overall customer care, you may pay a little more than you would if you hired an occasional mover. But, it’s often worth that extra money.

Packing & Getting Ready to Move. 

  • Pack and purge. If you are packing yourself, get started on the more complicated packing areas like glassware, serving dishes and decorative items that aren’t used regularly.  Remember to purge along the way. Do you really need 20 beer glasses? Books are fast, so they can be done towards the end of the pack period.
  • Deep clean. Have your curtains (if you are taking them), heavy blankets/spreads, and rugs cleaned, and leave them in the wrapping from the cleaner so they stay clean during the move. Remember, by contract, curtains will naturally convey with a property sale unless you specify that you would like to exclude them.
  • Schools. If you have school-age children, make arrangements with their new school. Be sure to check on registration policies, as most public school districts require a resident driver’s license and closing statement or rental agreement for registration!
  • Utilities, Establish a time to disconnect utilities in your current home. During a real estate transaction, technically the new owner owns the day of closing. Place calls to the utility companies in your new destination. Services like gas, at least here in Ponte Vedra Beach, book out a month in advance sometimes.
  • Pick up any medical records you might need. Most physicians offices can electronically send records to new doctors. However, it’s awfully nice to have a hard copy just in case. Same goes for veterinary records.
  • If you have prescription medication, check your stock. Do you have enough for the trip? Also, now is the time to identify your new pharmacy and put in a transfer
  • Sell any unwanted items. Facebook Marketplace is quick and easy. If you are donating items, you should execute the plan now!