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Organizing Your Move

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

So you've purchased a home and are awaiting closing. What about all that stuff you've accumulated? It's time to plan your Massachusetts move to ease stress. Follow these organizing tips to ensure a smooth move.

Schedule The Movers

Survey the possessions you have, figure your budget and decide if you want to do it yourself and rent a moving truck or hire full-service movers. Schedule the move at least four weeks before closing, especially if closing is toward the end of the month, which is the busiest time for truck rental or moving companies. Go online or call moving organization to research pricing, options and reliability.

Moving companies in Massachusetts are required to file the rates charged with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (MDPU) and can only charge the rates filed. Request a copy of a mover's rates with the moving company or the MDPU. Get a written estimate and read any contract before signing.

Prepare To Pack

Begin to pack possessions weeks before the move. Gather tissue paper, newspaper, magazines, strong boxes, tape and other materials to protect fragile items. Plan meals around what you have on hand and use items in cabinets, refrigerator and freezer to make packing easier. Pack flammable items with you and not in the moving truck where they may explode. Plan beforehand where all furniture should be placed and draw a furniture floor plan for movers. Label all boxes with room placement and contents and keep them in the room being moved from. For extra cost movers will even pack up belongings and unpack them in the new home to make life a little easier.

Insure Your Move

If hiring a moving company, choose movers that are insured and bonded to provide coverage if items are damaged or missing in the moving process. Extra coverage may be needed for antiques or items of special value.

Transfer Utilities

Before possessions are moved in, the buyer should have utilities transferred or started at the new home address. A refundable deposit may be needed to start service with a new utility company. It's no fun to move into a dark and freezing home, so call ahead.

Change Address

Pick up a moving packet at the U.S. Post Office, check the moving tips and coupons and mail in the address change postcard. For a faster address change, put in a moving notice online with the USPS for $1. Notify creditors and others of your new address as far in advance as possible to keep mail flowing.

Movin' In

An inventory form will also be completed to ensure all items make it to the new-home destination. Before you sign off on the delivery form, check all boxes and furniture over carefully looking for damages to boxed and unboxed items and note such damages on the delivery form.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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