Six weeks out: The countdown begins!
MR. PISANU/Shutterstock As soon as you know where and when you’re moving, it’s time to solidify your plan, says Mike Glanz, co-founder and CEO of HireAHelper. The first play of the moving game includes purging, tossing, donating, or selling your stuff online. “Begin by sorting your closets, drawers, cabinets, or any areas that may need attention,” suggests Glanz. “Analyze what items are necessary and what items you can part with pre-move.” Moving is an ideal time to get organized, after all. Why move all the stuff you don’t want anymore to your new house?
Week 5: Book a moving company
baranq/Shutterstock Now is the time to book a reputable moving company if you’re not DIYing your move. Do your due diligence on moving companies before booking. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the company. Next, obtain the USDOT license and Motor Carrier numbers from the website and check them out at the U.S. Department of Transportation to get a company snapshot of safety, inspections reports, crash information, and more. Read the recent reviews and compare policies for damage or replacement as Full-Value replacement coverage and Standard Repair Coverage are very different. “If the moving company only offers Standard Repair Coverage Insurance, then you’ll only see an $18 check when your $500 TV is damaged,” says Glanz. Other important factors to consider when choosing a mover are to ask if your home will be the first or last move of the day. If you’re the last move, be prepared for a crew of tired workers. “It’s going to take them longer and they’re going to be more accident-prone,” cautions Glanz.