Preparation and an Inventory averts trouble
- Take down ceiling fans prior to moving day. Movers will charge you for the cost of an electrician to do it.
- Purchase enough insurance to over damage to especially valuable items, or transport them yourself separately. Movers may not pay for damage to items you pack yourself.
- Hire a piano specialist to prepare your piano for the move. Service to a piano will add a hefty additional charge to your bill if the mover does it, and there’s a greater chance of damage.
- If you have many books, pack them yourself and mail them book rate to save significantly on the cost of your move.
Grandfather clocks should be dissembled by a clock specialist prior to moving day.
- Ask the mover to inventory your items and check the inventory carefully to be sure everything is included.
- Check polished table tops and antiques for any existing damage (nicks and scratches) and note its exact location.
- Note down the location of all existing damage (worn areas, pulls) to fabric on furnishings.
- Disconnect the water to the washing machine and refrigerator and gas to the dryer and range prior to moving day to avoid a surcharge.
- Confirm on the inventory that all goods with moveable parts are fully operational prior to the move.
- Eliminate Rather than Relocate
- While you’re organizing or packing for your move, sift and sort. Use a heavy hand toward the trash can, and let common sense be your guide.
If you are like most people, you have in your possession many items you really have no use for anymore. Sponsor a garage sale before your move to give yourself a little junk relief! You just might raise enough money to pay for your moving expenses! Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! If you don’t need it, unload it. Rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months get rid of it.
Ignore the “I Might Need It Someday” Syndrome
Don’t move the riding mower to an apartment. Part with tools you won’t have a place to use. And remember, junk is junk. You don’t need a furnished attic.
Donate to Your Favorite Charity
Itemize the items and keep a receipt. It may help you qualify for a tax deduction.