MTS-Relocation & Real Estate Specialists MTS-Moto
Village Realty Development
You found your home, the contract has been signed, and the closing date set. Now, it’s time to prepare for moving day. You should, however, begin planning for it well in advance. You might find that moving is the biggest job of all. But weather you are moving across town or across the country, planning and preparation are essential.
Making a moving plan prior to closing will be one of the most beneficial things you do for yourself. By developing an outline of moving costs, making a moving checklist, and investigating moving companies, you can eliminate or at least reduce many of the surprises and hassles that moving often entails.
One of the greatest surprises to first-time and even repeat buyers is the variety of expenses associated with moving. They include everything from packing materials and utility hookups to insurance for your valuables and the actual cost of the movers, or truck rental. When selecting a moving company, ask friends and family if they have any recommendations. Call at least two companies for estimates, which should be cost-and obligation free. You can expect professional movers to come to your home, discuss your move in detail and provide many recent referrals. Check their referrals, especially if you didn't find the mover through a personal recommendation. Before selecting your mover, confirm that the company is insured, thereby providing at least some coverage for your belongings. Three of the most common forms of insurance coverage are basic liability, declared value protection, or actual cash value, and replacement value. You may need to buy more coverage for certain items such as antiques and works of art. Contact your home-owners insurance company to see if your policy also covers moving.

If your move is job-related, many of your moving expenses may qualify as income tax deductions. Consult a tax professional for details.

Over time, many of us accumulate a lot of things, so you might want to begin with a general assessment of your possessions, disposing of cloths, furniture, and other things that you no longer want or need. Simply put, the less you move, the less it costs. To defray some of the costs of moving, consider having a garage sale or donate these items to charity.
Rather than having the mover pack your belongings, you can save money by doing some or all of the packing yourself.

Some important packing tips are the following:

  • Begin packing as early in the moving process as you can.

  • Cushion the bottom and sides of boxes.

  • Pack heavy items in smaller boxes, light items in larger boxes.

  • Packed boxes should not exceed 30 pounds.

  • When packing, go room by room.

  • Make a list of what is in each box.

  • Label all boxes by room so movers know where to put them.

  • Wrap breakables in newsprint, paper towels, or clothing, placing them in dresser drawers, containers with lids, large cans, ect.

  • Fill your washer and dryer with cloths, linens, and other light items.

  • Wrap and secure cords to electrical appliances.

  • Wrap and secure cords to electrical appliances.

  • If you have children, make them part of the process by letting them help you pack their toys.

  • Never Pack:
  • Combustibles

  • Flammables

  • Corrosive liquids (read label of household cleaners)

  • Jewelry

  • Important papers

  • Prescription medicine

Another good idea is to fill and label a couple boxes with moving-day essentials, like a basic tool kit, extension cords, a pail, rage, cleansers, paper towels, and toilet paper, along with some kitchen basics such as disposable plates, cups, and spoons, coffeemaker and coffee. You may also want to pack a few suitcases with a few days’ of cloths and other personal items you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home before the movers arrive with all your belongings.


Terri Stewart
Relocation Specialists
Accredited Buyers Representative
Tele: 920-912-4303

Meg Trager
Relocation Specialists
Tele: 920-207-9228

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