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Industry Overview: Moving 101

From packing to unloading and everything in between, moving is a complex and rigorous undertaking. Photo: Advantage Moving & Storage (2017)

In terms of sheer scope, few enterprises are as exhaustive (or exhausting, for that matter) as moving. From the basic tasks of packing and transporting your belongings to more technical aspects like hiring a moving company and getting insurance, there are a lot of bases to cover. To “unpack” some of the complexities involved, we’ve curated the following collection of information, including key terms, helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions.

Key Moving Terms

Bill of lading: The standard form used by the United States shipping industry to acknowledge that a carrier has received a shipment. The bill supplies a list of goods included in the shipment and specifies the terms of the shipping agreement, which include the transporting vehicle and the shipment’s final destination. It also represents a legal document that’s vital to the pursuit of loss or damage claims from a moving company. Continue reading “Industry Overview: Moving 101” »

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Moving Up and Moving Out: 20 Questions to Ask Your Moving Company

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Before you schedule your move, make sure you know who is responsible for obtaining any necessary parking permits. Photo: You Move Me (2016)

For more helpful moving information, check out our Moving Resources Page. 

When it’s time to move, unless you’re planning to pack up your station wagon, you’ll need to select a moving company. As with all contractors, you should obtain at least three estimates before making a choice, but there are other factors to consider as well. Continue reading “Moving Up and Moving Out: 20 Questions to Ask Your Moving Company” »

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Welcome Home! Here’s Your New House Checklist.

You spent countless Sundays at open houses. You signed 50+ legal documents. You wrote a check for a single, heart-stopping, six-digit figure. And now, drumroll please…you’re the lucky owner of your very first house! Congratulations! Now it’s time to get to work. Here’s a checklist of all the things you should do when moving into a new house.

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Nomad for a Day: 31 Hacks to Make Moving Easy, Straightforward and (Even) Fun

Supplies are an important ingredient in a successful move.

Moving is messy; a little extra organizing can help a lot. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2015)

 

“People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s nothing like a change in perspective to help you see the world anew. And when that change involves getting a new view from your bedroom window, your daily routine is in for some jolts. In other words, whether you’re moving across the country or across the street, moving can be one of the best ways to get re-energized. That said, it can also be a real pain, so here are 31 ways you can minimize the stress of moving while maximizing the adventure.

One month before you move

  1. Create a binder. Keep all of your important  paperwork together in a three-ring binder or a digital organization app like Evernote
  2. Get estimates. If you don’t already have a favorite moving company, it’s a good idea to get at least three estimates.

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Three Essential Aspects of Moving

If you’re in the process of moving into a new house or apartment, getting your things packed and transported is important, but it’s really just the beginning. Read on to learn about three essential aspects of moving other than the move itself.

Packing and transporting your things is just one of many aspects involved in a move. Photo: Move Pros (2013)

Packing and transporting your things is just one of many aspects involved in a move. Photo: Move Pros (2013)

Wrap up loose ends
Everyone knows a major part of moving into a new place is cleaning out the old one, but many people forget about the various loose ends that need to be wrapped up when departing a former location. First, you’ll need to submit a “Change of Address” form to the post office to have your mail forwarded to your new residence. Continue reading “Three Essential Aspects of Moving” »

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Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 2)

And now, the epic conclusion of our Best Diamond Certified Tips of the Day from 2012! Look for the series to continue in 2013 with the addition of several new media channels. In the meantime, if you want to get the Diamond Certified Tip of the Day on a regular basis, make sure to “Like” us on Facebook!

5. Cabinets
If you want to avoid a full-scale cabinet remodeling project, consider refurbishing your existing cabinets. In the case of kitchen cabinetry, this can be accomplished by simply repainting and refinishing the wood. Functional modifications, such as replacing deep drawers with roll-out shelves for easier access, can further reinvent your cabinets without the need for replacement.

6. Moving
When packing for a move, you can maximize space and identify unwanted items by working in concentric circles according to your house plan. Start with the rooms farthest from the center, such as the attic, basement and storage rooms. After that, move into the bedrooms, family room and kitchen. Pack as you go and make separate piles for items you plan to sell, donate, or give to friends and relatives. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 2)” »

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The Keys to a Successful Move

Moving can be a stressful experience, but if you’re well organized and prepared to deal with small problems that may arise, you can often expedite the process and even lower your moving costs. To take control of your next move, consider the following tips:

Packing

  • Pack a suitcase as if you’re going on a short vacation. Include a few changes of cloths, medications, toiletries, eyeglasses and other necessities. Keep the suitcase separate from the items to be moved so you’re prepared for the first days in your new home without having to search through boxes.

    Properly packing and protecting your belongings is the key to any successful move. Photo: A1 Transfer Moving & Storage (2012)

  • When disassembling large items like tables and entertainment centers, tape screws and other small parts to the undersides. That way, you’ll know exactly where to look when you put the items back together.
  • Wrap fragile glasses in newspaper and pack them standing upright, not on their sides. Glasses are much stronger when they’re standing up.
  • Don’t be hesitant to pack oversized mirrors and pictures—it can be a great time saver. Wrap each item in bubble wrap, lay it on top of an open box and fold the ends around it.
  • Keep each moving box below 30 pounds whenever possible (50 pounds should be the absolute maximum). Heavy boxes are more likely to burst their tape or seams, and they’re much more difficult to carry.

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