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Things To Do Two Months Before You Move

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Moving, like so many other things, seems like a piece of cake when you think about it ahead of time.  And many times we think, “I can get it done in no time at all.  No sweat!”  Then when the time to move arrives it actually takes much longer many times than we expected.  So our advice is to be smart and plan ahead. There is a lot of packing and organizing that you can get out of the way a couple months in advance of your move. Here’s what should be on your to-do list.

Get Estimates

You’re probably going to need to hire professional movers to do the heavy lifting unless you have several of your friends that look like the Hulk and enjoy a good workout.  If you don’t have those sorts of friends, then you’ll need to start doing your research to find the movers best suited for you. This is a process that you should start at least two months in advance.  And start that process by asking your friends and relatives if they can recommend any movers. From those recommendations and any other movers in the areas that you may find, you’ll need to start comparing prices, services,etc., so you can line one up for moving day. Other than pricing, you should look for a reputable company that is licensed with your state’s Department of Transportation (DOT). And if you’re moving out of state, you’ll need a mover that is licensed for interstate transport. You also want a moving company to be bonded and insured. And you should also check your movers by contacting your local Better Business Bureau.

Review Details of the Move

Once you’ve selected a mover you’ll need to make sure you understand the final agreement before signing a contract. Does the business charge by the hour?  Do they charge by the item or by overall weight? Will the movers be doing the packing or will you? Etc. Etc.  Also you’ll need to know if the quote you received non-binding or binding? A binding estimate should guarantee that the price you are quoted will not change. If it’s non-binding, should you be worried about any surprise charges? These are all things to consider as well as many more.

Box Collecting

To avoid the last minute packing panic you’ll want to start packing up your nonessential items as soon as possible. So you will need boxes.  Lot’s of boxes. You can buy boxes from a retailer, but why do that when you can find free boxes? Of course there’s the standard grocery stores and ABC stores to go to for boxes, but why not think outside that box? One idea is to check apartment complexes that may have a recycled box network where you can pick up gently used boxes from someone who has just moved to the area. Or try going online to find boxes via Craigslist.

Throw It Out

Here’s your chance! Making a move is the perfect chance to get rid of that unwanted junk which has been collecting in your house over the years. Here’s a good rule of thumb – If you haven’t used it in about a year, and it doesn’t have any sentimental value…then get rid of it. It may be difficult to let things go, so you may need to go through each closet or storage space twice to do a proper clearing out.

Yard Sale

So now you’ve got boxes and boxes all of the unwanted things you just cleared out.  Now is the perfect time for that yard sale you’ve been wanting to have. And for further motivation, you’ll be helping to raise money to pay for your move. Yard sales are generally on Saturdays, and you’ll need to advertise to insure a good turnout.  So be sure to put up fliers at your workplace, your church, your community center, the local library, etc. And don’t forget to put up signs around your neighborhood as well. There are also numerous web sites where you can advertise your sale, i.e. Craig’s List.  Or if you have enough time and some more valuable items consider putting some things on eBay as well.  And remember you can always donate items to charity if you need a tax write off.


Be sure to let people know that you’re moving and what your new address will be. It can be as easy as sending out a mass e-mail with all the pertinent information, or you can order a pack of moving announcements and do it the old fashioned way. And who knows, if you’re moving to another town you might just get lucky and have that surprise going-away party you’ve always wanted.

Get Moving!

If you start planning your move and put it in action instead of waiting until the last minute, your move can be a much more enjoyable and less stressful experience.  So we you’re ready to make that move give us a call at Chavis Moving and Storage – – and we’ll help you make that move a great success!

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