How to plan a move with minimal drama

Buying a new home means an upcoming move.

And let’s face it, no one is looking forward to packing their bags and moving somewhere new, whether it’s across town or across the country.

But moving doesn’t have to be a drag – it can be easier than you think and, dare we say, quite fun.

A professional mover can take you through the hardest part, while you focus on the challenges and opportunities of your new home. The pros have the expertise to get the job done quickly and safely (not to mention with less back pain.)

Like any other big job, you can select a lower difficulty level on the moving game by hiring pros and following these steps.

Here are some key things to look for when finding your moving partner.

1. Get all the details

Ask for a detailed price list. This will save you from hidden costs, such as climbing stairs or moving particularly heavy objects. It also helps both parties understand the scope of work.

Moving doesn't have to be a chore - it can be easier than you think and, dare we say, quite fun.

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Moving doesn’t have to be a chore – it can be easier than you think and, dare we say, quite fun.

2. Have as much information as possible

Most movers will run through a checklist when you contact them. The more information you have about things like the volume of your goods and particularly large items like pianos, the more accurate their quote will be.

3. Don’t pay a big deposit

In most cases, you pay most of the invoice on the day of delivery. Companies often ask for a deposit when you hire them, but it shouldn’t be a big amount.

How to make moving easier

These steps can take a lot of pressure off your move.

1. Book well in advance

If you plan to move on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, make your reservation at least a month in advance.

2. Cover the floors

Your home will experience a lot of foot traffic and heavy hauling in no time. Use moving blankets, plastic film carpet protectors, or even flattened cardboard to protect the floor.

You don’t want the new owner of your old home to find brand new scratches, and you certainly don’t want to damage your new home from day one.

While packing, keep a list of all items.  It may seem easy to remember at first, but the average home has a lot of it.  A checklist will help you account for everything at the start and end of the move.

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While packing, keep a list of all items. It may seem easy to remember at first, but the average home has a lot of it. A checklist will help you account for everything at the start and end of the move.

3. Protect walls and frames

Likewise, a momentary error can put a dent or even holes in the walls. Stuff the covers or edges of your furniture and use doormats, rugs or floor pads to protect the hardwood.

4. Catalog hotspots

Narrow hallways, small streets, corners and oddly shaped stairs (especially those that turn) all make getting around more difficult and can increase the cost. Inform your mover early to avoid surprises for either of you.

Preparing for a move beforehand can make the whole process much easier.

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Preparing for a move beforehand can make the whole process much easier.

5. Inventory everything

While packing, keep a list of all items. It may seem easy to remember at first, but the average home has a lot of it. A checklist will help you account for everything at the start and end of the move.

6. Get it in writing

In addition to the written estimate, ensure that any changes that affect the cost are written down.

7. Inspect quickly

You have a certain period of time to claim any items that may have been damaged during the moves. Check your personal belongings and your file as soon as possible.

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