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Moving Day Is Coming

You’ve been so focused on selling your home and finding a new place to live that you’ve had no time to think about moving day. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule movers, especially if you’re moving during the summer months when movers tend to be the most busy.

Here’s how to choose a moving company:

1) Figure out what type of company you need — local, regional or national — and research available companies online.
2) Ask friends and acquaintances or your real estate attorney for referrals.
3) Once you’ve narrowed your search to a few options, make sure they are licensed and insured.
4) Check with the Better Business Bureau about whether the movers you have in mind are known to generate complaints.
5) Contact your list of moving companies and ask for bids and their available dates in your moving time frame.
6) Don’t agree to pay a deposit upfront unless it’s standard practice in your area. Most reputable movers do not ask for a deposit.

Choosing an available mover is important. Choosing a trusted mover is vital. You don’t want to unpack your items after the movers are gone only to find broken pieces. Double check that your mover is insured to cover accidental breakage and other unforeseen issues; you don’t want to deal with those hassles if you can avoid them.

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If keeping the cost of your move down is a big concern, consider postponing your move until after the height of the real estate season when movers aren’t as busy. Once you’ve hired a moving company, it’s time to move on to buying boxes and packing.