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How To Relocate and Move Your Home

Finding a Moving Company

The very first step when learning how to relocate is to search for a mover. To do this I recommend getting multiple moving quotes from a . It immediately removes the initial step from the moving process. Rather than browsing on the internet and finding 5 moving companies to get estimates, just provide your moving information once then start receiving individuals quotes from qualified moving companies within minutes.

**Important – It is still up to the customer to finally select which mover is the best for their move, but by doing this it begins the process with simplicity.

Moving Yourself

There are many sites to start cross referencing movers to make sure they are best for you. Sites like the are great to find our the buzz on a company. Other sites include Yellow Pages, and Yelp to find reviews from other people who have used them. Knowing how to pick a good relocation service can make all the difference.

When moving yourself there are a few things that I recommend. Number one is knowing what you are getting into. Many people can safely move most of their personal belongings and smaller items in the home but when it comes to moving larger furniture items, it may be wise to hire someone with some expertise. is the number one reason why people choose to move themselves. And we have provided a great article on how to do just that while still hiring a moving company.

Packing For a Move

Many people pack differently but we have also provided a great article on how to pack for a move. From there you can learn how to pack dishes, how to pack heavy items, pictures and glass, etc. The experts at are real movers with over 30 years of actual moving experience and know exactly how to move correctly.

For more information and tips visit the . This can help you immensely when learning how to relocate.

Tips For A Successful Move

Inexperience, lack of preparation and rush are the main reasons for mistakes while relocating. Whether it’s a local or long distance move, it has to be taken seriously. Good planning is required for a safe and successful move. This article will cover the common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them in the future.

Start Early

Start planning as soon as you learn you are going to move. The moving process is not something that can be accomplished in a day or two. Contact moving companies at least 2-4 weeks ahead of the moving day. Do not wait until the last minute; you may not be able to find any available movers. If you are going to pack up your boxes yourself, start doing it 1-2 weeks beforehand. Many people underestimate the amount of time to pack a home.

Packing Materials and Boxes

Many people buy low quality moving boxes and packing supplies or use whatever they can find just to save money. The fact is that we all want to save if possible, but we also want to take care of delicate and fragile items. It is highly recommended to obtain good quality and proper packing materials for valuable items. The bottom line is, if you have a few damaged or broken pieces at the end of the move, it will cost you much more to repair or replace those valuable pieces.

Selecting a Wrong Mover

Many people select a moving company based on their cheap estimate/quote. This is a mistake that is common for the first time movers. There are many untrustworthy moving companies that will offer a low quote and after your possessions are loaded on their truck they demand much more money than your original quote.

Check with your local DOT and BBB offices. Find out if there are any existing complaints against the company. There are many websites that provide reviews for local and long distance movers. Make sure to visit one of those websites and see what other people have said about their experience. Keep in mind, the cheapest price is not always the best deal.

Get Rid of Unwanted Items

Usually local moves are charged by the hour and long distance moves by the weight. So if you have a lot to move then it’s going to cost you more. Many people don’t take their time to go through those items that they don’t use anymore. Why would you want to pay for something that you don’t use anymore? In fact, you may sell those items by having a garage sale and make some money.

The article was provided by , an online marketplace of local moving companies and providers.

Storage Tips

All across the country from big cities to small towns you can find self storage facilities. Self storage units are spaces rented out to tenants on a monthly basis for the purpose of storing your possessions. Finding a you wish to rent from is fast and easy. Previously, a person would have to go to the phone book and search through thousands of ads but now an individual can simply go online and rent a storage unit. There are a few things you should be aware of before moving your belongings into your storage unit.

Preparation and organization are key to ensure safety of your stuff before storing. You may need to place plastic down on the ground before storing your items or you may have to put blankets over your TVs and appliances to prevent scratching. Be sure to pack your boxes light enough to carry and always place the heaviest boxes on the ground so they don’t put too much weight on the lighter boxes and crush them. Make sure there are no ways for animals or rodents to get into your unit as they will destroy anything they can get to.

When packing your storage unit, be sure to leave a walkway in your storage unit so you can access items in the front as well as the rear of the unit. Be sure to label each of the boxes so you know what each one contains and you can tell the fragile boxes from your books.

Security is also an important factor when considering self storage facilities. Each facility will have different features and levels of security so decide what is important to you. Most facilities have an on-site manager which lives at the unit. Other features include security cameras, gated facilities, 24hr surveillance and coded gages. You will also have to purchase your own lock for your storage unit.

The storage unit you rent from should already be cleaned but be prepared to do some last minute sweeping if your unit is not up to your standards. Many storage facilities will clean the storage units before you store your possessions but you may also have some responsibility. The unit was probably in use by another person or business before you arrived so be sure to make sure all of the other belongings are out before storing yours.

These easy, effective tips should guide your renting process. If you have any additional questions, the self storage manager on duty should be able to answer anything you need to know.

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