Top Moving Tips
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Create your “move book” by using a large notebook or binder to bring together all the details of your move in a single place. It should carry any estimates you receive, lists you make, contact information, and the contents of any boxes you pack – this is where you’ll keep your Move Plan.
3. Choose a mover
Make an early, informed decision and then lean on them, so they can help you throughout the process.
4. Create an inventory
Now is the time to take stock of your belongings. We’ll help you create a detailed list that can be used to help value your belongings for insurance coverage and keep your packing organized.
5. Contact your building management
Contact your building management offices at both your current and new home so you can reserve freight elevators and make sure your chosen moving day works equally well for both locations. Reassure yourself that your mover has the proper insurance coverage to meet building requirements.
6. Order boxes
Be sure to have enough boxes and supplies for your big day! Our relocation specialists can suggest the appropriate style and number of boxes, and can have them delivered right to your home. Or order your supplies at our box store. Give yourself plenty of time to pack with the proper materials – and remember that FlatRate is happy to pack and unpack for you.
First, pack what you don’t use. Placing heavier objects at the bottom, make sure that your boxes aren’t too heavy for someone to lift. Mark the outside of the boxes clearly.
8. Let people know your new address
Complete a U.S. Postal Service Change of Address form online at https://www.usps.com/. Notify credit card and utility companies, newspapers, and Internet and cable providers. Find out if you need to return your old cable box or get on an installation wait list.
9. Stay calm on moving day
Keep important items with you – place essentials in a designated suitcase or bag. Make sure that your Move Book and your jewelry, prescriptions, phones, chargers, etc. are accessible.
10. Save your receipts
In many cases, moving expenses are deductible from federal income taxes. If you are moving because of a change in employment, you may be able to claim this deduction even if you do not itemize.