Moving Tips

Written by Serena Berger
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If you're going to be moving, there are a few things that are helpful to know that people might not think to tell you. A professional mover is a great source for this information. In fact, if you are thinking about hiring a mover and an agent won't take the time to give you general tips about moving, you should consider finding another mover.

The Best Times to Move

That being said, there are a couple things that you would benefit from knowing before you even call a mover. If you have the flexibility to schedule your move, don't pick the summer. Summer is the busiest time of year for movers, which means you have to schedule your move further ahead in advance, and you may have movers who are distracted or exhausted.

Within any month, the beginning and end are inevitably much busier for movers than the middle. Apartment moves are almost invariably scheduled around the first of the month, so this is a bad time to move a household if you don't have to. If you're moving an apartment, ask the landlord if you can change your lease to go from the fifteenth instead of the first so that you will have more flexibility in finding a mover.

When choosing a time of day for your move, you have to consider the traffic and the neighbors. Some movers will be willing to move you during non-business hours, which may make it possible to avoid the worst traffic problems, especially in a big city. The flip side is that if you're moving into an apartment, you don't want to be making a lot of noise in the middle of the night. You might want to have the movers come and pack your belongings one late afternoon and evening, then make the drive to move them in the early morning and be in place to unload everything at your new place as soon as the rest of the world is up and moving during the day.

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