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The Moving Guide: Top Tips for a Seamless Relocation

August 28, 2014

This is a guest blog post from our friends at Corrigan Moving Systems.

Whether moving down the street, across town or beyond state lines, relocating into a new home is an exciting, and yet sometimes overwhelming, adventure. It requires planning and preparation, as well as an understanding of the moving process, to ensure you and your belongings get from Point A to Point B with little to no disruptions.

As the president of a company whose mission is to literally move lives, I’ve had the privilege of helping countless families and individuals get settled into new homes.

Whether you are a veteran homeowner or first-time buyer, follow this moving guide to help ensure a smooth relocation:

Selecting a mover
If you are going to enlist a professional moving company, it’s best to begin the vetting process six-to-eight weeks prior to your desired moving date. We typically recommend researching at least three movers. A qualified moving partner will perform an in-home survey, own and operate their own moving equipment, have a brick and mortar facility and provide in-depth training for their staff.

Additionally, you can contact the American Mover & Storage Association or the Better Business Bureau to get a list of accredited movers.

Packing your belongings
For those who choose to pack their own belongings, start with the rooms that are used the least. And, don’t forget to label all of your boxes according to the room in which they should be placed in your new home. This will help you and your movers know where each box should go, and serve as a reminder for items that require special handling.

When it comes time to load the truck, be sure to pack a box of items you may need immediately, including toiletries, cleaning supplies, tools, snacks and water, last to ensure easy access to them upon arrival at your new home.

Less is more
The more you discard before your move, the more money you will save. Hosting a garage sale or donating items to a local charity is a great way to get rid of any unwanted items prior to your move. Be sure to ask your mover for a list of prohibited items, such as hazardous materials and perishable items, as well.

Getting settled
Prior to your moving day, ensure that your new home’s utilities are turned on. Don’t forget to change your address with your post office, employer, utility companies, insurance agencies, and government and public offices. You’ll also want to make sure important documentation, including medical and children’s school records, are transferred to your new service providers, doctors and schools.

At the end of the day, remember that moving can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these tips, they’ll help guide you in the right direction, ensuring a seamless transition into your new home.

For more moving tips and advice, visit Corrigan’s Handled With Care blog, or connect with them on Facebook.

David-CorriganDavid Corrigan is President and COO of Corrigan Moving Systems, a Michigan-based relocation company dedicated to elevating the moving experience for families and businesses. To learn more, visit