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Whether this is your first time moving or you are an old pro you will benefit greatly
from the advice and tips in VanLines.com's extensive moving guide. The information has
been gathered from professionals who have been in the business for many years. Read on.

• The moving industry has "peak" and "off peak" seasons. The "peak" season for movers
is during the summer. Also, the beginning and the end of the month and the end of year
holidays are extra busy for movers. During that period of time the demand for moving
equipment, vans, and personnel is heavy.

• Your move should occur at a time that is convenient for you and your family. If you
have children you will most likely want to move when the school term is up.
Unfortunately this may fall in to the peak season and your costs will probably be
If your move can be rescheduled for a time when the van line agents will be less busy
you may be able to reduce your moving costs.
For younger children moving to a new school in the middle of the school term will
probably not create any problems. Older children and teenagers will be in the middle of
academic courses and this may not be a good time to uproot them. Older children will
also have developed stronger ties to their friends and may be very upset if moved mid

• Contact the van line agents that you selected to set up appointments for estimates. A
relocation consultant will come to your home and do a visual inventory of the contents
of your home that you are planning to move. He will then prepare a written estimate for
your review. It is important for you to know that there is more than one type of
estimate. The two most common types of estimates are binding and non binding estimates.
See more detailed information in the estimates section of this guide.

• Decide what items you want to ship and what will be discarded. Inspect your home from
top to bottom or from attic to basement before the relocation consultant will arrive.
Show the consultant everything that you will be moving.

• Be certain that the mover has marked all items that are “going” and “not going” on
the survey sheet. The mover will prepare an estimate that will include transportation
charges and the charges of additional services that you requested. Keep in mind that if
you decide to take more items or take fewer items the total cost of your move will
change. Inform the mover of any changes with your shipment. Effective communication is
a key factor for a successful move.

• If you decide to do your own packing or partial packing, remember that the moving
company is not liable for damage to boxes packed by the customer. However, if there is
obvious exterior damage on packing up your goods, make a note on the inventory sheet of
your shipment. The driver has the right to refuse to accept any carton that may be
improperly packed. If the driver has to re-pack cartons that the customer has packed,
additional charges will apply.

• If you decide to do your own packing, get packing supplies and start collecting
strong boxes suitable for moving. Complete all packing by moving day. You will be busy
enough on moving day to have to worry about packing

• If your company is relocating you, find out what portion of your moving expenses will
be paid by your company.

• Obtain a written appraisal of antiques to verify their value. Do not retouch, wax or
oil wood furniture before moving. Some products may soften the wood, making it
vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.


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