Like most things in life, moving can be a breeze with the proper planning and foresight.
Moving to a new house can be overwhelming and if you don’t currently live in North Carolina or South Carolina, it will be even more challenging.
Below are some Moving Tips you will find helpful as you prepare for relocating to the Carolinas.
- Make sure if you are buying a home, you have an agreement with the buyer about possession of the home and moving date. Sellers and buyers moving in and out on the same day – is not a happy situation.
- If you are renting, make sure all the necessary paperwork is completed and you and the landlord agree on the move in date. Nothing worse that traveling hundreds of miles to get to your new home only to find they haven’t even cleaned it from the last tenant yet (don’t gasp..I’ve had it happen)
- Start planning early. As soon as you are confidence about the move, start weeding out your current possessions. Toss (or give away, sell at a yard sale, or on-line) things that you won’t be taking with you.
- Make a list of the items you will need to purchase for your new home. Examples: draperies, blinds, shower curtains, etc. You’ll be glad you have these things with you on the day you move in.
- Start packing early. Anything that you are sure you will not be using before moving day pack it.
- Mark every box and carton. Whether you are self moving or hiring a moving company, having well labeled boxes with what room they are to go to as well as the contents makes it much simpler to move in and unpack. Unpacking will probably be somewhat of a gradual process–this way you know where the most necessary items are located.
Six to Eight weeks prior to moving to your best place to live in North Carolina or South Carolina:
- Purchase or rent moving supplies: tape, markers, scissors, pocketknife, newspaper, blankets, moving pads, plastic storage bins, rope and a hand truck. Free boxes can usually be obtained at a local supermarket, but consider purchasing wardrobe boxes for moving clothes.
- Have a garage sale to clear out unwanted items and plan accordingly. Consider donating unwanted items.
- Keep a detailed record of all moving expenses. Your costs (and donations) may be tax deductible depending on the reasons for your move.
- Begin to discuss your moving options. Hire a moving company or self move.
- If your hiring a moving company, begin to get referrals and references and schedule appointments for estimates.
- Hire a reputable mover or rent a moving truck. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau, purchase moving insurance.
Two weeks prior to relocation:
- Two weeks before moving day, contact your telephone, electric, gas, cable/satellite, refuse and water companies to set a specific date when service will be discontinued.
- Contact utilities companies in your new town about service start dates, including internet, telephone, cable, gas, etc services.
- Notify healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists, veterinarians) of your move and ask for referrals and record transfers.
- If applicable, register children for school and ask for school records to be transferred.
- Notify lawn service, cleaning and security companies when service should be terminated.
- Advise the post office, publications and correspondents of change of address and date of move.
- Check your homeowner’s insurance and make arrangements for new coverage.
- Contact your car insurance company and make arrangements for coverage. You may have to acquire a new insurance company.
- Have tools handy for breaking down beds and appliances.
- Move valuables (jewelry, legal documents, family photos and collections) yourself – don’t send them with the moving company.
- Make sure you have a complete home inventory of all your possessions.
- Give every room a final once over. Don’t forget to check the basement, yards, attic, garage and closets.
- Have the final payment for the movers and money for a tip.
Relocating To The Carolinas Resources:
- www.directyourmove.com – good for comparing price quotes
- www.movingtipdirectory.com – great resource for everything about moving
- www.ethicalmovers.org – good website to get recommendations for moving companies
Whether you have decided to self move or hire a moving company, you should thoroughly check into the company you will be dealing with.
There are plenty of fraudulent companies out there. And there is plenty of rules in the fine print.
You don’t want to end up another statistic, grumpily posting a horror story on the moving message boards (Yes, they do exist!).
Some companies have no regrets with leaving your items sitting in their warehouses, with little care for whether they are wet or dry, covered or not.
Other companies will disappear with your items, never to be seen again.
A definite must is to be careful of and avoid at all costs anything that looks like a “Non-binding” Estimate.
This means any moving company who gives a verbal “guaranteed” estimate without coming to your home and conducting an actual survey of your items.
What will happen is on moving day, they will explain, for some reason or another, your move will cost much more (30-75% higher) than the original estimate. Know that they will not begin the move until they receive the raised cost. And that means right there and then. On the spot.
And in some cases, they’ll load your items into the truck and then demand payment holding your belongings hostage.
The bottom line is to protect yourself from unscrupulous companies who profit from what should be a happy time in your life.
In the course of our research, we’ve found some great websites to help you before, during, and after your move.
After the move:
Once you get into your home, you’ll want to keep it as clean as possible.
No cluttered garage this go around!
Visit www.organizedhome.com and www.organizetips.com to get so organized you’ll make Martha Stewart proud.
With any luck, and hopefully some help from our Moving Tips, the first memories of your new home in your best place to live in North Carolina or South Carolina will be of an easy and fun move!
I’ll see you in the Carolinas.
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Bob Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Bob researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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