Making moving easier

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – If you have never moved before, you don’t really want to learn the hard way the do’s and don’t’s of moving.  One mistake could be pretty costly. We’ve got your back with what you need to know before you move into your new home.  Mar Jennings joins Jim Watkins to tell him tips on moving.

Create a project plan three months in advance. Make money to offset your moving expenses. Hold a tag sale, garage sales or estate sales. Buy used boxes and/or recycle them.

Remember the three tiers of moving:

a. Pack items that you never use first.

b. Then, pack items that you hardly use.

c. Last, pack the items that you use.

*Make sure to mark boxes based on your use of the items inside.

Find a mover. Ask around for recommendations. Make sure to hire a mover, not a broker. Brokers can give estimates, but will hire their own choice of moving company.

Check for licensing, which differs for an in-state versus out-of-state move.

Do some investigating. Check sites like Yelp or Angie’s list for customer reviews.

Get a few estimates.

a. Get written estimates (not just verbal!) from a few companies.

b. Get estimates on EVERYTHING you want moved.

c. Clarify your insurance

d. Full value protection

e. Released value protection

Make your pet comfortable with the move.

  1. Pack gradually to allow your pet to adjust to the change.
    1. Leave pet’s essentials and comfort needs in one room and pack that room last.
  2. Try to travel with your pet, rather than using a pet relocation company.
  3. Allow your pet to adjust to his/her travel crate before the move.
  4. Help pet gradually adjust to new house
    1. Start in one room with toys, food, bed, etc.
    2. Slowly open more rooms for your pet to explore.
  5. Schedule to turn off the power one or two days after the move.
  6. Visit Moving.org for more moving help, including:
    1. Finding a licensed mover; Interstate, local, or international.
    2. Asking questions.
    3. A multitude of other helpful tips.
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