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North Atlanta Moving Tips

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Feeling a little anxious about your upcoming move? Let's face it. Similar to getting married, finding a new job or having a baby, moving can also be one of the most agonizing filled adventures of our lives. No worries, at FARKAS and Associates Realty Group, we're here to help.

We've done our research and have assembled a list of some of the best and most useful Moving Tips anywhere to help you get organized and to eliminate the stress and worry.

Getting Organized

  • Start Early! - Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it
  • Room Lists - Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one for your future place. This will help you manage what has to go where
  • Room Inventory - Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed e.g. furniture items, closets, odd & ends, etc
  • Time Allotment - Make sure to leave enough time. The most common time-frame reported by people moving is that it took at least a month to pack. One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what's involved
  • Calendar - Pull out a calendar and plan day by day when each room will be completed
  • Delegation - If you're moving with family members, come to agreement and get buy-in with them exactly what tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished
  • Track Your Progress - At least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar. Revise your plan if you're falling behind

Finding Great Movers

  • Only Hire The Best - This is the most important advice anyone could possibly give you. If you're lucky enough to have this provided - or - choose to hire professional movers on your own, do your research and hire the best! Poor quality movers can be worse than none at all
  • Referrals - Get referrals from local real estate agents, friends who have moved recently or your relocation company
  • Licensing - Only consider movers that are licensed, bonded and insured
  • Research - Investigate your potential movers through the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Better Business Bureau
  • In-Home Estimates - Evaluate a minimum of 3 movers based on in-home estimates of goods to be moved
  • Price - Price isn't the only factor- extremely low bids indicate a desperate mover
  • "Binding Not-To-Exceed"- Ask for written "Binding Not-To-Exceed" estimates
  • Avoid "Rogue Movers" - If you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts! Never agree to move your possessions with anyone you don't trust

General Packing Tips

  • Pack A Suitcase - For each member of the family moving as if you're all going on a 3-day vacation, including changes of clothes, medications, toiletries, etc. Keep the suitcases separated from all the other items to be moved, such as in your car, at a friend or family members home, your new workplace, etc. so you'll have everything you need for the first few days without searching through boxes.
  • Create "Open Me First" Boxes- Pick one or two boxes per room as "Open Me First" boxes. Put important or critical things in them that you'll need first at your new location. Be sure to mark the sides of the boxes so you'll know which ones are which
  • One at a Time - Wherever possible, work on packing just one room at a time (instead of several all at once) to keep things focused and organized
  • Less Is More - Use packing as a way to clean out belongings for donations, a yard sale or the recycling center. Aim to eliminate a substantial amount of waste that's been taking up room in your closet/basement/attic. You'll save time and expense
  • Off The Floor - Instead of the floor, use a completely cleared-off table top or counter in each room for packing boxes. You'll find you get much more accomplished
  • Tracking Small Parts - When taking apart items to be moved, such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts securely to the underside of the item. You'll always know where to look and save time putting things back together
  • Save Space - Use towels, pillows and t-shirts you're packing as extra padding around fragile items. It will save room in your boxes
  • Criss-Cross Tape - Tape boxes along the seams where the flaps meet together. Then tape perpendicularly at the center of the first tape, forming a cross
  • Stacking- Stack boxes with the heaviest on the bottom, lightest on top to prevent crushing.
  • The 30-pound rule - Keep each box at 50 pounds maximum weight and preferably below 30 pounds wherever possible. Heavier boxes lead to injuries, are much more likely to burst their seams and tend to get dropped more often
  • Scale - Keep a bathroom scale in the room you're packing so you can keep the boxes below the weight limits

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