CONTENTS Opening Remarks
Feature Welcome H ome Simple ideas that will go a long way in making a stellar transition to your new home.
Choosing a m over? All thin gs considered… Evaluating a moving company that fits the needs of your family can be intimidating. Don’t let it! Use these tips from our insider.
Moving with pets an d how to keep them happy Thought moving was stressful for you? Take a walk in your pets paws.
Your everything moving checklist Check it once, check it twice, check it three times! We’ve got you covered to keep you organized and stress free.
OPENING REMARKS What’s the worst part of moving for you? Is it keeping your lawn in tiptop shape for prospective buyers? Perhaps it’s tackling that long list of home improvements your realtor keeps suggesting to make your home more competitive? Maybe its packing boxes and organizing a moving crew? What ever it is, we agree, moving can be down right stressful. Fortunately you’re not alone. Premier Moving Concierge is here to help you conquer that to-do list! Our priority is to simplify your moving process and connect you with great local companies in the process. We try to feature articles and tid-bits that most people run into during their moving process but often overlook during their planning. The average family moves only once ever 12.7 years, that means no one is an expert in this area! Hopefully our insight and suggestions can help you go into the process more prepared and come out less stressed. And after you have completed your move, pass along your knowledge. We love hearing suggestions about articles we should include or resources that were useful to you. Here at PMC we understand that moving is more than just packing boxes. We invite you to simplify your tasks, free up your time, and let moving be the exciting new chapter in your life that it should be!
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Choosing The Right Mover For YOU!
Choosing a moving company is an important decision. After all, you are trusting strangers to come into your home and move everything that you own. From expensive artwork, family heirlooms, and sentimental items to furniture, dishes, and garage tools – they will have their hands on everything. Thus when you are considering a mover, it is important to choose the right one for you. First you should make sure that all the movers that you consider are licensed and bonded in your state. This is easy to do, just go to the Public Works or Public Utilities website for your state and make sure that all the moving companies you look at are registered with the state. If they are not then DO NOT consider them because it could end up being more of a headache than the savings they provide. Also, make sure they provide you with the proper proof of insurance. You want to make sure that each of their employees are insured by the company and that they have cargo insurance for all of your goods that will be transported. The last thing you want to happen is one of their workers get hurt on your property and you are liable because the mover did not have workers compensation coverage.
Now that you are sure that all of the movers you are considering meet the minimum requirements, it is time to find the one that best fits your needs. Some things to consider – are you moving in state or out of state? Are you staying in the same city or moving to a new city? Will you need the company to pack for you or will you be doing the packing? What is more important to you, saving money or protecting furniture? Will you be moving all of your belongings to one location or multiple (ie: some items to your new home the rest to a storage facility)? These are all important considerations to have in mind when you are getting estimates from companies. If you are moving out of state and require the moving company to move everything, it is often smart to go with a larger moving company with a reputable name. They actually tend to be cheaper for cross-country moves because it is their specialty and logistically they are more experienced with packing and scheduling techniques. Conversely, if you are moving locally, especially within the same city, I recommend using a local company. They are often much cheaper than the national companies (CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)
and they know the local layout and terrain very well. In addition a local company will be able to work with you more on a price that fits within your budget. Negotiating is not uncommon in the moving industry! If you are having the moving company pack for you â€“ make sure you ask about their packing procedures. Questions such as how they use packing materials, and whether you pay by the amount of material used or by the total packing job should be clearly defined. Some companies will try to over use packing material, in attempt to make more money on the job â€“ you may be better off providing the packing material yourself. Another important item to ask about is how the moving company will care for your furniture. Some companies will wrap everything in blankets prior to moving it out of the house and then un wrap it once they have moved it into the new house.
Others will remove it from the house and wrap it in blankets once it is in the truck. Each of these methods protect the furniture well, obviously wrapping it in the house does do a better job, but this method takes much longer and usually increases the price of the move. Thus, this is when you have to make a decision as to what the priorities of your move will be â€“ price or care of your belongings.
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Additional small thoughts to keep in mind when choosing a company include: •
Get a feel for their employees, if they are going to be moving all your belongings, you want to feel comfortable with them in your home. Not all movers are scary guys! Many are clean cut, college-‐educated professionals. Find out how they handle breaks, lunch, smoking, etc. – you do not want to have to be paying that hefty hourly fee while you watch them smoke or eat a sandwich! What other fees does the company have? Many companies will try to sneak in a “one time trip fee” onto their bill that is not included in the estimate – this is a fee that is tacked on for them having to drive to your house on the day of the move, this can be in excess of $120.00. Be sure to ask them about it during the estimate. You want to know all costs and fees upfront. Ask for referrals from friends and family or do your research. Asking the proper questions, looking at the image the company portrays can tell you a lot going into your move. Finally, it is always safer to move your sentimental items on your own – such as jewelry, keepsakes, and anything else that insurance will not replace to the extent you would want. Avoid disputes and accidents a head of time by placing no chance one will occur.
MOVING WITH PETS Moving can be stressful, irritating, and tiring for humans, but it can be even worse on animals. Often times an animal’s entire world is within the home. For your pet, the home isn’t just a home its a favorite place to sleep during the day, a favorite place to hide during a storm, favorite tree and favorite play spot in the yard. Consequently, when a pet goes through a move it can quite literally be a life altering event. All the familiar smells and feelings that used to comfort the animal are quickly and shockingly ripped away with no notice. In extreme cases moves can even put the animal into a depression for a period of time.
Its also be good to try booking a direct flight if possible. This will reduce the amount of handling of your pet by others, and reduce the amount of times the animal has to go through different air pressure zones.
Before the Move
During the move is the peak stress time for the animal. It is very important to keep them as relaxed as possible. Try to keep their routine as normal as possible. Be sure to keep feeding and walking times in sync with their day-to-day routines. While the move is going on, try to keep the pets out of the way of the movers. It can be helpful to keep your pets in a separate room, to keep them away from the commotion of the move. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9)
Fortunately there are several ways make this transition to a new home much easier on the animal. The first thing you should do is talk to your veterinarian. Remember to ask for your pet’s medical and shot records (especially if you are moving to a new state), and your vet may be able to make a recommendation for a vet near your new residence. Its also very important to make sure your pets records are up to date. If your pet has an id chip, make sure the address is current. Make sure any collar information also reflects your new address. If you will be flying to your new home in a different city or state, it is important to remember that air plane travel can be extremely stressful on a pet. Be sure to talk to the airline when you book your ticket to find out about
If possible, introduce your pet to the new residence a few times before the move. This will allow the pet to get acclimated to the new house and become more comfortable once the move occurs. This is a very good technique when you are a dog owner. During the Move
After the Move As you begin to settle into your new home, remember that it will take time for your pet to get used to their new home. Try and give them a room where they can feel safe. Put familiar toys, bedding in with the pet while it grows comfortable. Gradually give them access to the rest of the home, as this is especially critical for cats. Be sure to give them a lot of attention and keep an eye on them when they venture out of the house. Many animals are tempted to run away in search of more familiar territory. In no time your pet will grow accustomed to the household, after all it is still with its best friend and in a loving home! Travel Checklist When Moving With Pets ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
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Veterinary records, certificates, and recent photos Medications Beds (pillows, towels, or other crate liners) Plastic bags and scoops for dogs Your pets’ usual foods and plenty of water from the home you’re leaving (changing their water source can be disorienting and upset their stomachs) Food and water bowls, a can opener, and resealable lids Leashes for cats and dogs Litterbox for cats Cage covers for birds and rodents Paper towels for messes Toys, chew bones, and treats
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WELCOME HOME Chances are moving into your new home has been an exciting date you’ve looked forward to for quite some time now! Sure, you’ve pictured where you’d place select furniture; maybe you imagined what improvements to the kitchen or bathroom you’ll take on; most of us even have new paint on the wall before a single chair is brought through the front door. Before you get too far into your plans, we wanted to make some small, yet beneficial suggestions. Work these ideas into your game plan and you’ll save yourself a lot a lot of stress and be able to enjoy your new home that much sooner. Painting walls – Most of us jump at the opportunity to individualize our new home with a quick splash of wall paint. Hey if you can paint without having to move around bulky furniture why not, right? Let’s slow things down for a second. As great as arriving to a full painted home would be there are some down sides to painting before moving in. First, as careful as movers are, even the best moving company is going to brush some walls (and we don’t mean with paint brushes). If you have tight hallways, doorframes, stairs, or bulky furniture, chances are you will see a few spots that can testify to the fact that “you just moved in.” Even worse, telling a move crew
that the walls are freshly painted is only going to make them more tense and slow them down, thus adding to your bill. If you are moving yourself in, definitely wait until after to paint. No matter how much care you take, you will mark up your walls. Secondly, people often change their minds about wall colors once they see furniture up against it or positioned in the room. If you are having new furniture delivered, see how it looks with the lighting and the layout of your room, then pick your wall color. Whether its to cover nicks or a poor choice in color, the last thing you want to do is repaint a room a second time. Premier Tip: Move your furniture in prior to painting. However position it a foot and a half from the walls. You’ll be able to move your furniture through those tight doorways
stress-free, and having the furniture in the room will inspire your choice of color. Placing the furniture a small distance from the wall will allow you to easily navigate and paint over the next few days. Furniture delivery – New furniture…perhaps the single best part of movinginto a new home! You’ve shopped, you’ve visualized where it all would go now all you have to do is enjoy. When purchasing new furniture try to have it delivered before your old /current furniture arrives. This will give you the best opportunity to arrange where everything should go and maximize your new home’s Feng Shui. It will also give you a great opportunity to take stock, and make decisions about old furniture that won’t be making the move with you. If you cannot have the new pieces delivered before moving day, try to space it out to avoid overlapping both your move and the delivery. Having a moving crew and delivery team there all at once presents more than just a few logistical problems. Moving is stressful enough without having to deal with two trucks trying to park, two sets of people trying to bring furniture through narrow walkways, and two groups demanding to know which room the couch goes into. As you bring in your old furniture you will likely start to realize how much larger the furniture seems and how much smaller the room appears. Try to keep an open mind as to where pieces will end up. Sometimes there just isn’t as much room as you’d anticipated. Premier Tip: Use masking tape to layout the dimensions of all the furniture in the rooms. This will allow you to foresee any problems that might arise. Get Organized – Organization is key. It will save you money in both the short and long term. Take the opportunity of moving to a
new home as a chance to reorganize. Begin by going through each room in your current home. Make three categories for every item in your possession; donate, throw-out, and keep. Not only will this free up space in your new home, it will also make the move faster, cheaper and less stressful. The key to this process is not to jump from room to room. Start on one single room, complete it, and then move on. Looking at your whole house can be overwhelming; breaking it all up will help you tackle the task in no time. Premiere Tip: Label where items will go in linens closets, pantries and the garage to maximize shelf space and to stay on top of where items belong. Doing this prior to moving in creates less of a hassle for tackling the task later and gives you a great start to living an organized life in your new home!
Kids – Some kids find moving exciting, others find it terrifying. The key is the more involved they are with the process the more comfortable they will be in their new home. When possible, take them to look at their future home. Walk them through and paint them a picture of where everything will go. Ask them how they want to set up their bedroom or what color they would like their walls to be painted? If you have a lot of toys, it might be a good time to use this opportunity to donate or get rid of older items that see less play. This is a great moment to teach your child it’s ok to not hold on to every toy forever. If you are donating the toys, use this to teach the importance of charity, and that some other lucky kid will get to play with the toys. Premiere Tip - Allowing your child to give input as to how their room is decorated will
give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. Carpets & Flooring – Moving into a new home often requires floor upgrades and new carpets. The optimal time to do any of this is obviously when you do not have any furniture on the floors. Some people wait because they worry the moving in process will damage the floors. Although this may be the case with some moves, a few precautions in advance will ensure the floors safety. First, talk to your movers beforehand. Most moving companies can put out pads or rollers to prevent carpet wear. Keep spare cardboard boxes to place on hardwood floors, as they will be more stable than drop cloths and other plastic coverings. Another great precaution is a shoe cleaner by the front door. If you don’t want to splurge on the money to buy a
a professional grade cleaner (similar to what golf courses have for cleats), a durable mat will do. Most service professionals such as cable and Internet providers will wear “booties” on their shoes. Just make sure they are taking these on and off as they enter and exit your home. The shoe booties don’t do much good if they are on outside! Premier Tip – Refinishing hardwood floors? Tackle this task prior to moving in! Saw dust is nearly impossible to get out of furniture. In addition it can create breathing problems even after air filters have been changed, especially if you have asthma. You also won’t have to worry about wood stain getting on anything other than the intended target…the floor! We all know that moving can be just as stressful and irritating as it is exciting, but if you follow these tips, stay as organized as
possible, and most importantly, take the time to just breathe - then you will have a very successful move. Good luck with your upcoming move and remember relax and have fun!
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Make a moving file – Keep all your essential
after your close (to keep from having overnight freight fees, or extended storage). Arrange for storage – If you need storage, shop around for a facility that is both safe and close to you in proximity. Book a mover – There are tons of movers in every city…Be choosy! Shop around for a company you feel safe and comfortable with. Gather boxes – We recommend renting containers or purchasing new boxes. Too many people try to save and gather old boxes only to run into bed bugs. Containers are a great solution if your moving close and want to take over small items in multiple trips.
Plan your move Select the date – If possible, schedule your move
what needs to be done to make your home a quick sell. Listen to these professionals.
Follow your realtors’ advice – Realtors know
throw-out. Now go to work on decluttering your home room by room (see our article titled Welcome Home).
Declutter – Make three categories; keep, donate,
might be to spend money on upgrades when your moving out, do what needs to be done to keep your home competitive in the market.
Upgrade what’s necessary – As painful as it
down the street an overnight suitcase is a most. You are not going to have the energy to unpack everything. Set aside phone chargers, toiletries,
Overnight suitcase – Even if you are moving
and start packing! Use labels to detail what room it will go into and what all the contents of the box holds. Essentials Box – Keep a separate box with all your essentials. Make sure it does not get buried with other boxes or placed in the truck.
Majority Pack – Focus on one room at a time
valuable possessions or artwork should be documented with pictures and descriptions prior to moving. Contact your insurance company with any items that you may have insured.
Take pictures / document – Any extremely
anything you don’t use on a day-to-day basis.
Pack up less used items – Go ahead and box up
and return borrowed books, DVDs, cooking pans, and anything else you have on your hands over the years.
Return borrowed goods – Be a good neighbor
fellow friend or family member can host them for the day. This will help your stress level and keep them
Elders – If you are caring for an elder, see if a
day might be a good day for a trip to Grandmas house or out to the movies with friends. Kids curiosity can place them in danger when roaming around big moving, furniture and standing below eye level. Pets – (Read our article on Moving With Pets).
Kids – Depending on the age of your kids, move in
Day of Move
renovations prior to moving in. Home renovations while living in the space rank as one of the most stressful environments for individuals. Upgrade your countertops, bathrooms, kitchen, etc, if you can prior to moving in.
Upgrade before you move in – If possible to
furniture to arrive prior to your current possessions. Painting – Leave walls unpainted, however go ahead and tape up borders and place furniture a foot away from the wall. Then decide the best colors to make your new rooms and furniture pop!
Furniture delivery – Schedule your new
furniture will go if you have access to your new home prior to move in. If not, use a scale drawing or at the very least have a good idea in mind.
Address change with USPS – You will want
things that create a lasting impression buyers tour your home. Hire a professional to make whatever fixes that might hinder a buyer from making an offer. to file a 3575 PS form or by going online. Doctor, Insurance, etc – Notify your professional network to ensure all important documents get properly delivered to you. Transfer utilities – Cable, power, water, everything, needs to be transferred to your new address.
Layout – Use masking tape to layout where
Fix minor repairs – Unfortunately it’s the small
medications, a change of clothes and anything else you would bring on a typical trip.
Preparing your new home
reduce your stress knowing you have this taken care of.
Overnight or long move – Book a hotel, it will
prospective buyers. Hire a professional if this is not your forte.
Preparing your home Thorough Clean – Maintain a clean home for