Helpful Tips on Moving

Downsize, downsize, downsize

You may have once loved the random knick-knacks lying around your house, but not all of those items may be needed to make the long-distance move. Packing is the perfect time to clean out those things that have been cluttering your space for way too long. If you haven’t used an item in the last year or two, it's probably time to say goodbye.

Make some money from your unwanted belongings

After you go through all your belongings and figure out what stuff you want to get rid of, consider selling some of your old stuff online or donating your unwanted items to a charity. Most organizations will pick up your stuff for free. Let us know if you need any help with donating some items to charity.

Make a budget beforehand and stick to it

Try to estimate all the costs along the whole moving process. Think of the costs for packing materials, a moving company, insurance etc. Budget your money for each of these things beforehand and try your best to stick to it. There are often hidden or unexpected costs that you may find along the way. At GoSmart Movers, we believe in providing transparency to its clients.

Get an estimation for cost

If you decide to go ahead and use a professional moving company, make sure you schedule an appointment with an expert that can provide you with the actual cost for moving. In most cases it’s the smaller items in your home that go unaccounted, which may require special handling or packaging. This in turn could avoid any unexpected surprises at the time of shifting.

Clear the space

Many moving companies charge by the hour. Please help in planning your move, so that we may cut down unwanted delays and are well prepared before the move. If you have large furniture, that makes it difficult to fit through doors and hallways of your home, let us know so that we can make alternate arrangements. By cutting time off your move, you’ll make it easier and faster for the movers and save you money, too.
If you follow these tips and other similar ones, you’ll be on your way to a successful move that’ll also keep you from going over budget.

Some special pointers to consider when you’re moving across the country

If you’re planning on moving across the country, check out these tips that will help keep you organized and stress free during your long distance move.

Inform people about the location of your move

Contact places like:

  • The post office
  • Your bank and insurance companies
  • Utility providers
  • Your cable/internet/phone companies
  • The DMV
  • Your employer
  • Your doctors and dentist
  • Your newspaper/magazine subscriptions
  • Your children’s school
  • Your family and friends

Get Your Car Serviced

If you plan to drive your car to your new location rather than have it shipped, it might be wise to have it serviced beforehand depending on how far you are travelling.

Consider Taking A Trip

If it’s going to be at least a week before your moving truck arrives, consider taking a trip in between to pass the time. This will help you destress and have fun in a time that can be stressful. Also, you’re probably planning on staying in a hotel anyway, so why not visit someplace on the way to your destination that you’ve always wanted to go and see.