Identifying Moving Problems

3 Steps You Must Take Before Your Upcoming Move

Is the current lease on your apartment nearly up and you're making plans to move to a new place? Are you making lists of things that need to be completed in order for you to be able to do the move? Whether you'll be moving into another rented apartment or into a home that you've purchased, there can be a lot of things that need to be done before your moving date. Since it can be hard to think of everything on your own, here are a few of the most important things to have on your list:

Hire help: You could try to do everything yourself or you could try to find friends and family to assist you, but both of these options are going to be more stressful than finding local moving professionals to help you with your move. Instead of showing up almost at random and whenever they feel like it, moving professionals will set a time and be there when they say. They'll also know how best to handle your belongings to prevent damage, a knowledge that the average person simply does not have. Instead of wondering whether you'll need to replace a damaged couch or fridge after the move, you'll know that you can save your money for more important things.

Get extra boxes: It's a good idea to always get  around10-20 percent more boxes than you think you'll need to complete your move. If you run out of boxes in the middle of your move, it can take a lot of time and effort to go to the store to get more boxes. You might even find that the store is temporarily out of the box size you need. While it's not necessarily the end of the world for local moving if you are short a box or two, since you can potentially just dump these items as-is into your vehicle for transportation, this is nevertheless a waste of energy that is better spent elsewhere.

Contact utility company: When you're doing local moving, you might assume that you'll be using the same utility company as before and all you need to do is call them up and get them to switch addresses. But this is not always the case. In some cities, even just moving a few miles means that you'll have to switch to a new cable, electricity, or water company. If you're moving into a purchased home, you'll also need to figure out who handles the trash pickup and sewer bills; sometimes these are billed to a company and sometimes the city will bill you directly.