Moving checklist

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A checklist is essential to remember all steps for a successful move, whether it's from house to apartment or vice versa

One Month Before the Move

Start your research well in advance. Ask friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations or search online for reputable moving companies.

Read reviews and check ratings on platforms like Yelp, Google, or the Better Business Bureau.

Contact at least three moving companies for estimates. Ask them to visit your home for a more accurate assessment.

Verify that the moving company is licensed and insured. You can request their license number and insurance information.

Inquire about the company's Certificate of Insurance (COI), and ensure they have adequate liability coverage for potential damages during the move.

Ask the moving company if they will need to reserve an elevator in your current and new building. If so, inquire about the reservation process and any associated fees.

Once you've selected a moving company, confirm the moving date with them.

Ask for a written contract that outlines all terms, including the cost, payment schedule, and any special services you've requested.

Two Weeks Before the Move

Start packing your belongings room by room. Use sturdy boxes and packing materials.

Label each box with its contents and the room it should go to in your new home.

Set aside valuable or fragile items that require special care and make the movers aware of them.

Contact your building management to inquire about any parking reservations and loading/unloading areas for the moving day.

Create an inventory list of all the items you're moving. This will serve as a checklist and can be invaluable if any disputes arise later.

Provide a copy of this inventory to the moving company. They may also create their own inventory list.

Moving Day

Be present on moving day to supervise the movers or designate a trusted representative.

Ensure the movers handle your items with care and ask questions if you're unsure about anything.

When the movers arrive, request an onsite estimate to ensure the final cost aligns with your contract. Get this estimate in writing.

Review the contract one more time before the move begins. Ensure it matches the agreed terms and costs.

If there are any last-minute changes or additional services required, confirm them and their associated costs in writing.

Confirm the loading process with the movers, discussing the order and handling of items.

Do a final walk-through of your old home to make sure nothing is left behind.

Check that all doors and windows are secured before you leave.

Be present for the unloading process in your new home.

Address any parking tickets or violations promptly to avoid additional charges.

After the Move

Begin unpacking, starting with the essentials box.

As you unpack, check your items for any damage. Document any damages with photographs and notes.

Complete the payment for the moving services as agreed in the contract.

Keep all receipts and payment records for your records.

Provide feedback on your experience with the moving company through online reviews or written testimonials.

If any issues or damages occurred during the move, contact the moving company's customer service or follow the dispute resolution process outlined in the contract.

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