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The Moving Process
Organization is the key to an easy move. Plan your move carefully. If you hire a professional mover, choose one with a good performance record. Seek written estimates from several moving companies.

Ask your mover about the company policy on breakage. Standard moving company insurance may pay only a percentage of the cash value of broken items. Full value protection will cost more but may be worth the added expense if you are moving fragile and valuable items. Tell your moving company about any special requirements your move will involve.

The actual cost of your move is determined by weighing your belongings after they have been loaded into the van, plus charges for packing, insurance and other items. If the cost turns out to be higher than the estimate, the company will notify you.

Packing takes place one or two days before the van is loaded. Supervise this and all phases of the move. Do not expect to pack plants, firewood or flammable items.

You can save money by packing items yourself. You may be able to buy packing boxes from the moving company. However, the boxes you pack may not be covered by the mover's insurance.

Work out a floor plan for your new home so that the mover can place beds, tables and other heavy items where you want them. Movers will follow your directions on furniture placement. However, this is not the time to experiment. Do not keep changing your mind about where you want the piano to go.

If you do not hire a professional mover and prefer to move yourself, do a great deal of careful planning. Before you rent a truck and call your friends, figure out approximately how much you have to move, where you are going to put it in your new home and if any items will require special attention.

Pay careful attention to details. You don't want damaged belongings to dampen the excitement of moving into your new home. Moving can be very tiring, so don't feel you must unpack every box the minute the truck leaves. Before you move, pack for your family as if you were going to stay in a hotel for a few nights. Also pack a box with some bedding, eating utensils and cooking items. With careful planning, you should be able to survive comfortably amid the clutter for an evening or two.

Eventually all of the boxes will be unpacked, all of your belongings will be in their proper places, and you will be able to relax and enjoy your new home.

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