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Oct 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Common Moving Blunders

By Joe Vaccaro

Published Originally on Moving.com
http://www.moving.com/articles/common-moving-blunders.asp

Most of us have been through the process of moving at least a couple of times over the course of our lives. Yet, for some reason, we keep making some of the same mistakes over and over.

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Common Blunders:

  • Not doing your homework on the moving company you choose.
    Are your movers licensed by your state's Department of Transportation? Have you checked into their record with the Better Business Bureau? Make sure that you do a quick check on your chosen company before committing to a contract.

  • Not taking advantage of free resources.
    Boxes and newspaper are easy to come by, and often free of charge. A little extra searching can save you money on packaging.

  • Packing heavy items in large boxes.
    Remember, the heaviest items should always go in the smallest boxes!

  • Not measuring the clearance space in your new home.
    Don't arrive at your new home to find that your furniture won't fit in the front door!

  • Packing flammable, explosive or corrosive materials.

  • Misplacing the bill of lading.
    This is the contract between you and your movers and it will be essential should any problems arise along the way.

  • Not labeling all boxes.
    Label boxes as completely as possible, including handling instructions, and the final room destination within your new house.

  • Not knowing the rules for tax deductions.
    There are very specific guidelines as to which items are tax-deductible and which are not. Make sure to check out the IRS website in advance of your move, and retain all relevant receipts.

  • Failing to take care of your movers.
    Whether they are professionals or not, make sure to introduce yourself to everyone and have refreshments on hand. Making a good impression could protect your belongings over the long haul.

  • Forgetting to notify the US Postal Service of your new address.
    Take a few moments on our site to check out the Free Address Changer before your move.

  • Those are the most common blunders, but don't fail to take into account the psychological side of moving as well. Prepare all members of your household well in advance of the move. And, on the other end, give yourself some time to adjust to your new surroundings.

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