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Essential Moving Tips and Guide.:

Easing the Transition to Your New Home

Professional moving companies use only sturdy, reinforced cartons. Although the packing boxes you can obtain from your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store may be free, they are not nearly as strong or padded. They are more susceptible to causing damage to your valuables in transit.

Pack your items carefully

It is imperative for you to buffer and separate fragile objects with sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. Fill in empty spaces to minimize movement during your move. Pack plates and glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked. Be sure to point out to your mover the boxes in which you've packed fragile items, especially if those items are valuable. The mover will advise you on whether those valuables need to be repacked in sturdier, more appropriate boxes.

Facilitate the transit

The heavier the item, the smaller the move box it should occupy. A good rule of thumb is if you can't lift the carton easily, it's too heavy. Label all boxes so you can find everything you need the first night in your new home.

Keep your pets out of packing boxes and away from all the activity on moving day.

For your family's safety and comfort

Teach your children your new address and phone number right away. Let them practice writing it on packed cartons.

Pack your phone book since you may need to call old neighbors or businesses from your new home.

Let all your electrical gadgets return to room temperature before plugging them in.

The all-important "OPEN ME FIRST" cartons

These move boxes will consist of the essential items your family will undoubtedly need for the first night. Fill two cartons with snacks, instant coffee/tea bags, medicine, towels, various toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and toilet paper. Other essential move items include flashlights, can openers, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, screwdrivers, scissors and pliers. Why the second box? It will serve as insurance in the event that your movers experience delay getting to your house.

Work hand in hand with your mover

Give the mover's foreman your reach numbers and email addresses so you can stay in contact.

Read the inventory form carefully, and ask the mover to explain anything you don't understand. Make a note of your shipment's registration number, and keep your Bill of Lading handy.

If you're moving long distance, be aware that your property might share a truck with that of several other households. For this reason, your mover might have to warehouse your furniture and belongings for several days. Therefore, ask your mover whether your goods will remain on the truck until delivered. If they have to be stored, ask whether you can check the warehouse for security, organization and cleanliness.

How much should you tip?

Tips differ depending on the size and difficulty of the move as well as the efforts put forth by the movers. An honest day's job should not go unnoticed. The average tip for local moves is 7-12% of the total bill. The average tip for long distance moves is $3-5 per hour based on the labor. It is best that you compensate each mover separately to acknowledge the hard work by everyone involved in the relocation.

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