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Moving In During the Winter

clock October 31, 2011 19:02 by author Janet Corniel

Although professional movers are familiar with all types of weather, having your home prepared for their arrival will help both of you move in during the winter.  Think about the lay out of your home and what would work best for the flow of goods.  Because it will be cold, consider limiting the entry points so that you can keep your home relatively warm.  You want to make sure you are dressed in warm clothing, because chances are you will be in and out of the house giving directions to the movers and checking-off the bill of lading.  Ask you professional mover to lay boxes or clear plastic sheeting on the floor in the high-traffic areas to prevent your floors from getting dirty or scuffed.  Make sure that your paths and entry points are cleared of snow and ice or wet leaves to prevent someone from slipping and falling.  Familiarize yourself with the parking in your area.  If possible, check the signs for any parking restrictions for plowing snow and let your moving company know ahead of time.

Taking these extra precautions will help you make your move during the winter easier on you.



When moving in the cold, taking extra steps can save you money

clock October 24, 2011 21:44 by author Janet Corniel

If you are planning to move during the cold weather, keep in mind that taking extra steps will help prevent damage to your goods and can save you money.  Appliances and electronics are especially sensitive to cold weather and extra care preparing for transport and taking delivery will help you ensure that they remain in working order.

These adapted tips from ReloRoundtable (http://reloroundtable.com/blog) will help you educate yourself on the impacts of cold weather on your appliances and electronics.

Washing Machines
Water and moisture can freeze in your machine in cold climates.  Therefore, you want to make sure that your washer is drained prior to transport.  Once you take delivery, let your washing machine return to operating temperature, which is approximately 60 degrees before use to prevent damage.

Gas/Electric Dryers
Freezing temperatures can affect the igniters and heating elements on your dryer.  Therefore, once you take delivery of your dryer let it return to operating temperature, which is approximately 60 degrees before use to prevent damage.

Refrigerator/Freezer/Ice-maker
If you have an ice-maker, you will have to take some extra steps to ensure that it remains in working order.  It is important to disconnect the ice-maker, drain and blow-out the remaining water from the tubing. Even with this special care, hair-line cracks can develop in the tubing during transport.  Therefore, it is advised that you wait approximately 12 to 24 hours before reconnecting it to your water supply and then do a thorough check to make sure it is functioning properly. 

Electronics
Cold weather can cause condensation to form on sensitive components in your electronics.  Therefore, it is important to be patient and let your electronics acclimate to room temperature before use.  This extra patience could save you heartache and money.

Grandfather Clocks
Oil in the components of your clock can gel in freezing temperatures and can affect its operation or worse can cause damage.  Take extra time to let your clock get to room temperature before setting the mechanism.

Waterbed Mattress
Even though you may have thoroughly drained your mattress, residual moisture will remain within the mattress housing.  Therefore, extra care must be given to transport it.  It is suggested that the mattress remain in its box for 12 to 24 hours before it is handled and re-filled.   

It is important to note that these extra services may be offered by your moving company or through a third-party contractor.  Often times it will come with extra handling fees.  Therefore, assess the cost of the item and its replacement value with the extra handling fees.  It may well be worth the extra cost to ensure your items remain in working order for years to come.

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Preparing for the day of the move

clock October 17, 2011 23:29 by author Janet Corniel

The day of your move will be a flurry of activity and preparing for it is the best way to prevent chaos.  First, pack yourself ahead of time.  You do not want to be packing when the movers arrive.  Take your packed bags and put them in your car.  This will prevent them from inadvertently being packed.  Second, put all of your important papers and documents in a portable file container and put them in your car.  This way you will be ensured that your important documents will be with you.  Third, set up a miscellaneous container or box on your counter and get in the habit of putting your important things in it.  Put your cell phone, car keys and whatever else you need with you in it.  Let the movers know that this is off-limits and clearly label the container or box.  This will help you save time and energy trying to find your important things in the midst of the move.


If you have a family and children, make plans for them.  Have them pack a special bag with activities that will keep them occupied.  Coordinate a play date or special time with their friends or family on the day of the move.  This will give them an opportunity to reconnect with their friends and family before they leave and it will get them out of the house.  If you have pets, also consider having them boarded or kenneled for the day of the move for their own safety.  With movers coming in and out of the house, your pet may get out or stepped on, so it is in their best interest to be confined or out of the way.  Further, empty out your perishable items from the refrigerator ahead of time.  Also, make sure you have extra toilet paper and paper towels.  You could put that in the miscellaneous container too.  Most movers know to pack your vacuum cleaner last.  This way you can still clean after everything is packed.  Doing the extra work before the movers arrive will make your life and their job much easier.



Preparing For Settling Costs

clock October 11, 2011 16:37 by author Janet Corniel

Whether you have rented or bought your new home, it is important to note that in addition to your moving costs, settling in to your new home will cost you as well.  Establishing new utilities will cost you a deposit for about six months to a year, especially if you have not had a history of service with the provider.  Sometimes your good credit can offset this charge.  Additional costs add up when you begin to purchase essentials for your new home.  You may need window treatments, additional furniture, new carpet or paint.  A way to keep these costs to a minimum is to take inventory of your needs when you are selecting your new home.  If you are purchasing the home, you may use these to your advantage when negotiating a price.

As long as you prepare yourself and budget for some unexpected charges, you will be in a great position.  If you are renting, your settling costs will be minimal.  However if your have bought your new home, you will have settling costs but you can control it by staggering the projects by importance, which will minimize the impact on your budget.  The key take away here is preparation.  The better prepared you are, the better you will be able to budget and plan accordingly.



Finding Just the Right Place

clock October 4, 2011 17:44 by author Janet Corniel

Depending upon the circumstances, you may be in the position where you have very little time to move.   You may find yourself moving out and still not have a place to move into at your new location.  Under those conditions, you will have to sort out temporary living arrangements.  Preferably, you will want to find your temporary quarters prior to your move so that you do not have to relocate twice.  However, sometimes it does not work out that way and you will have to put your energy towards finding your new place once you get there.  Further, you will have to consider storing your items.  Therefore, you definitely want to have a conversation with the moving professionals you hire to ensure they can meet your storage requirements.

Whether you ultimately plan to rent or purchase, you definitely want to evaluate your living arrangements and identify your needs, wants and desires.  When you are trying to find a place under time constraints, you may find yourself having to compromise on some things.  Be prepared for it.  If you are planning on purchasing your new place, you are in a good position, given the economy.  However, if you are planning to rent, you may find yourself in a competitive environment.  It all depends on your new location.  Make the time to do the research so you know what to expect.  There are great tools available online to assess the cost of living in your new location, which will give you a barometer of the economic climate and allow you to budget accordingly.  Also, there are many great sites that will give you the listings of properties for rent or purchase in your new area to help you do the research you need to find just the right place for you.