Moving house can be a stressful logistical nightmare but, if you plan ahead, you can make your big move a walk in the park.
- Packing. Depending on where you are moving (i.e. nationally versus internationally), your packing will vary. Regardless, try to limit the amount of items that you have to personally lug around. Instead, hire professional movers to pack all of your household belongings. If you are using an auto transport company, often an auto transport company will be able to recommend trusted moving companies to help you in this regard. If you are having your vehicle shipped with a car shipping company, DO NOT pack your vehicle(s) full of personal items. Numerous car shipping companies will charge their customers extra to transport vehicles based on additional weight.
- Insurance. While most trusted auto shipping companies are covered under some kind of auto insurance, it is still highly recommended that you purchase additional insurance. This is especially true if you are relocating or taking an extended vacation internationally. Modern technology is not perfect and when your items (or even your vehicles) are transported, even the smoothest ride may result in some minor damage.
- Moving By Car. If you are traveling via your personal vehicle, you may want to make sure that your car is serviced well in advance. Little things such as an oil change as well as checking fluids and tire pressure can really go a long way in preventing unnecessary car troubles in an unfamiliar area. While you may be attempted to pack your vehicle to the point where you can barely see out of the windows, donʼt. Not only would this be a safety hazard to you and those around you, but it would draw unwanted attention from criminals who may see your car as a new target. If you must travel with all of your belongings, make sure that everything is covered in some way so that curious bystanders wonʼt know what is in your vehicle.
- Hiring a Moving Company. If you have chosen to use a moving company during the course of your relocation, know your rights as a customer. Moving companies are required to give you a pamphlet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. This booklet will provide the pertinent information needed in order to understand the documentation that the mover will have you sign. Prior to allowing a moving company to drive away with your personal belongings, verify the moverʼs company number as well as their VAT number if they are VAT registered.