Bad Movers: How to File a Complaint

Did you know an average of 36 million Americans move each year? With this stat in mind, you can imagine just how busy most moving companies are. While there are lots of moving companies out there that provide excellent service, there are also many that do not. Some are dishonest. Some are unprofessional. And some are just plain rude. As you probably already know, moving house is stressful – much too stressful to have to endure incompetent, untrustworthy movers. If you would like to know tips on how to spot a bad moving company, we have you covered, but in this article, we will discuss how to file a complaint against movers.

Should you file a complaint?

If you are unhappy with the service your moving company provided, here are some ways to know if you are in the right to file a complaint against them:

  • You were treated in a rude and non-professional way;
  • They arrived late to pick up your items or to deliver them to your new home;
  • They handled your moving boxes and furniture carelessly, causing minor or serious damage to your belongings and/or property;
  • They failed to deliver all of your belongings to your new address and are unable to locate where the missing items are;
  • They requested much more money than they originally quoted;
  • They tried to cheat you, rip you off, or showed negligence by using dishonest scamming methods.

After reviewing the list above, and if you feel your voice needs to be heard about the service you were provided, here are the steps to take in order to file an official complaint.

Step 1: Contact Your Movers

If you have a problem with the service your movers provided, the first step to take is to contact them. This should be done as quickly as possible because waiting can lead to an even more negative experience. Coming to a peaceful resolution of a dispute or claim is the best solution for both parties, saving time, money and stress.

Inform your movers about the problem or problems you experienced, in the best possible way – and stay calm. Becoming aggressive or angry will not help your situation. Also, be ready to provide evidence to back up your complaint, such as photos that can prove the existence and the extent of the damage your belongings suffered while in your movers’ possession.

After reviewing your complaint, the movers should compensate you based on the moving valuation you agreed on prior to your move.

Step 2: Write a Review

Whether your moving company provided good or bad service, you should always take the time to write a review. Good reviews will help the moving company further their great business, while a bad review will help warn others so they don’t experience a bad move like you did.

Another reason to write a review is if your movers won’t take your complaint seriously, or if the issue you are having with them is much more serious than a few broken dishes. No business ever wants to receive a negative review, so writing one may help you solve the issue in your favor.

Step 3: File a Complaint with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Another important step to take in filing a complaint against a moving company is to inform the U.S. Department of Transportation. To do this, the case must involve:

  • A mover that is unlicensed or uninsured.
  • Incidents of damaged or stolen items.
  • Failure to keep the agreed timeframe of the move, delivery, etc.
  • Overcharging of over 110% of a non-binding estimate.

After submitting your complaint, it will be entered into the FMCSA’s consumer complaint database. It will then be used for analytic and statistical purposes.

To file a complaint, you must fill out a Household Goods Consumer Complaint form. (← this will have a link attached when I post it.)

Step 4: File a Complaint Against a Moving Company with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA)

You can also file a complaint against your mover with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). These complaints will involve cases of shipment delay or moving service performance. To submit a complaint, click here.

Step 5: File a Complaint Against a Moving Company with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Another outlet to file a complaint against your mover is with the Better Business Bureau, either online or at their nearest location. Note, however, that the BBB cannot make your mover undertake any particular actions concerning reimbursement because it is not a governmental institution.

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How to Spot a Bad Moving Company

Moving house requires many things, but planning and preparing are two of the biggest. These tasks help make a relocation easy and more successful, and you do want that, don’t you? Sure you do! Unfortunately, no matter how much effort you put into orchestrating a move that is flawless, certain events can occur that are simply out of your control. One thing, in particular, is to hire a bad moving company. After putting so much time and effort into planning and preparing a good local or long-distance move, it can be truly disheartening to have a poor moving company ruin it all. Though there are some movers out there who are dishonest, disreputable and fraudulent, let it be known that there are also many good and respectable moving companies that strive to make your relocation a success. So how do you bypass the “bad” movers and end up with a “good” one? The first step is by learning how to spot a bad moving company.

Bad Online Reputation

When on the search for a moving company to help with your relocation, one of the first things to research online are reviews and testimonials left by former customers. Good, reliable movers care about their reputation and work hard to keep their online record clean by providing excellent service and handling any claims, disputes and issues with clients in a quick and fair manner. Yes, there will also be a few bad reviews every now and again no matter what the business, but if a moving company is followed by mostly bad reviews, proceed with caution because you may be next to leave a bad review.

Not Licensed

All legit businesses must be registered with and licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes interstate movers. Before hiring a moving company, you should check out the FMCSA’s website and ensure they have the required licensing information. If they do not, run the other way because you may be dealing with scammers.

Refuse to Insure Your Belongings

Just as moving companies are required to have the proper licensing, they must also assume proper liability for the value of items they relocate. As a consumer, it is your right to ask a moving company for proof of insurance, request any additional information about insurance options they offer, and what their process is for filing a claim in case of lost or damaged items.

If a mover refuses to provide you with the proper moving coverage for your items, this is a big warning sign that something’s not right and you should take your business elsewhere.

Phone or Internet Estimates Only

Getting a moving estimate via the phone or internet is incredibly easy. But consider this – how will a mover be trusted to provide you with a precise moving estimate without performing a detailed, in-home inspection of all the items you have to move? Obviously, they can’t.

In order to get a detailed and accurate moving estimate, it is important to request an in-home inspection by a qualified representative from the company. The primary job of a moving expert is to determine exactly how many items a person has to move, along with any special circumstances there may be (e.g., an item is too heavy, awkwardly shaped, fragile, etc.). They are also responsible for noting any details that will affect the final cost of the move, such as special packing requirements, long flights of stairs, narrow hallways or doors, and so on.

With all of this said, to ensure you are not handed an alarming bill after your move, never accept moving estimates solely over the phone or internet. Also make sure you get an in-home estimate from several reputable moving companies (not just one!) before making your final decision in who to hire for your relocation needs.

Other Red Flags to Watch Out For

We have already discussed several things you should do to ensure you don’t hire a bad moving company for your relocation, but there are some additional red flags to be aware of. If you experience any of these things during your search for a moving company, don’t hire them.

  • They do not answer the phone with their company name.
  • They do not have a website, or their website does not provide licensing information, insurance options, nor an address.
  • The mover does not provide flexible payment options, but instead demands a large deposit or cash-only payment.
  • On moving day, your movers show up in an unmarked moving truck, seem unprofessional, bring dirty or damaged packing materials, or behave in a rude manner.

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Top 12 Things to Do Before Moving Out

From the moment you decide to move to the moment the moving truck shows up, you will be met with a variety of tasks to accomplish. In fact, the number of moving chores and packing jobs can become so overwhelming you may get easily confused about what things you need to do before moving out, and when you need to do them. To better tackle all your moving tasks, and make your move a success, here are the top 12 most important things to do before moving out.

1. Research packing supplies and tips on packing. This will help you prepare yourself with everything you need in order to properly pack all of your belongings.

2. Sort through your belongings, organizing everything into three main categories: “To Keep”, “To Donate/Sell”, “To Throw Away”. Remember, the more items you move with you, the more it will cost in terms of the amount of supplies you will require and how much it will cost to ship all of your possessions. By donating, selling or even throwing away any items you no longer have a use for, you will save money on your moving shipment, spend less time packing, and may even make a few bucks on those belongings you decide to sell.

3. Make a moving budget. This will help you decide what kind of move you can afford. Be honest with yourself about your finances, and ask yourself some important questions. “Will you be able to afford professional packers and movers, or will you need to stick to a self-move with just you and help from your family and friends?” “Can you afford to buy all of your packing supplies, or do you need to locate as many free moving boxes as possible?” Figuring out the answers to questions like these will help ensure you stick to your budget instead of drowning in expenses.

4. Designate a specific spot for all of your important moving documents, such as a brightly colored folder. This will make it easier to keep everything together so you won’t lose anything and also so you can access any documents quickly and efficiently. Be sure to keep this folder with you at all times so you don’t lose it during the stressful, and often chaotic, hustle and bustle of moving day.

5. If you are moving out of a rental property, be sure to let your landlord know about your plans to move, as soon as possible.

6. Figure out how to properly pack and ship certain items, such as those that are fragile and need to be handled with the utmost care. When researching this subject, consider what specific packing supplies you will need, like bubble wrap, packing paper, protective blankets, and other cushioning materials.

7. Get a moving estimate. To do this, contact a few reputable moving companies near you. An in-person estimate is best, so schedule a time for movers to come to your current home to help create a more accurate estimate for your move. Be sure to let them know how many items you intend to move and what fragile items, if any, you may have that will require more movers or special moving tools or supplies. Also be sure to inform them of any obstacles that may hinder your move – flights of stairs, a long distance from your door to the moving truck, etc. All of these things will make an impact on the cost of your move and what your chosen movers will need to come prepared with the day of the move.

8. Prepare your old home – and new one if possible – for moving day. Many things can happen during a move, from scuffed floors and damaged walls, to personal injury, etc. This being said, you will want to ensure the property is protected. Cardboard is a great tool to use because it provides cushion and protection to all sorts of things. Cover floors and carpets with it to help eliminate dirt and other problems from occurring. You can also wrap cardboard around stair railings and sharp corners to help keep them protected from large furniture, and other items that are being moved about.

9. Pay extra attention to how you wrap and carry large, bulky items, such as couches, tables and chairs. To avoid damage to your belongings, property, and yourself, be sure to wrap any protruding areas, like table and chair legs, with extra protective layers. If possible, remove these pieces and wrap them separately to make them less awkward to move.

10. Find out ways you can save money during your move. One way is to opt for a self-move with free help from family and friends. Moving boxes and other packing supplies is another great way to save money when moving. Check grocery stores, liquor stores, and bookstores, which have a continuous supply of boxes.

11. Create a move-out cleaning checklist. This will help guide you through the steps to take to leave your old home in good shape. If leaving a rental property, this will help ensure you get your deposit back, which will be more money in your pocket for your move.

12. Change your address with the many companies and people who should be aware of your whereabouts. Some include: utility companies, banks, the post office, schools, the department of motor vehicles, family and friends.

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Helpful Tips to Create a Moving Checklist

When you’re preparing for an upcoming house move, your brain can become a cluttered and jumbled mess as you fill it with more and more tasks you must accomplish before the big day arrives. Not only will this cause the stress of your move to become overwhelming, but it can also cause errors to occur – important jobs forgotten, chaos and injury, etc. So what can you do to combat these problems and make your move less overwhelming? While moving house will never be completely stress-free, there is something you can do to tone down the tension – create a checklist.

Making a moving checklist is an essential step to take to help guarantee a successful relocation. Lists will help you organize all of your activities, from scheduling a moving truck and moving help to packing all of your belongings easier more efficiently. What’s also great about checklists is that they are useful no matter what type of move you are having – local, interstate or international.

Here are a few ideas on how to make a moving checklist:

Use pen and paper. When making a checklist, it is always a good idea to start with pen and paper. This will help get your mind focused on the task at hand – moving. Since paper lists can be incredibly hard to keep up with, and hard to read, be sure to only use this method for a first draft.

Create a Word document or Excel sheet. After you have your first draft written out on paper, you can then transfer it over to an MS Word or Excel document via your computer. Don’t forget, though, that your electronics will eventually need to be packed, so at some point, our next step will serve you well – printing them.

Print your list. Printing your checklists will provide you with easy-to-read copies of your checklists. There are also many websites out there that allow you to print pre-made checklists. These lists usually cover all of the most important moving-related tasks and items, but know that they are unable to be modified, which means you may still need to make a few lists of your own.

Use your phone. Considering your phone will typically be with you at all times during your move, it may be the optimal place to keep your checklist(s). Saving a PDF file on your phone is one way to keep your list(s) handy. Another is to download a moving app, such as the My Move app for iPhone, Android and the Kindle Fire. Not only is this app free, but you can either use pre-made checklists or create your own. You can also check completed tasks off as you do them.

Now that you know some convenient ways to go about making a checklist, here are some things to consider adding to it.

Household Items Checklist

First, make a checklist with all of the household items that need to be moved. Be sure to group all of the items that need special handling together – fragile belongings like electronics, antiques and china, or bulky items such as pianos. This will allow yourself and professional movers to better prepare for the job, including how many movers will be needed and what tools or equipment may be required.

Also on your household items checklist, you should include things that are unable to be packed or moved by professional movers, such as plants and hazardous materials (gasoline, pesticides, motor oil, etc.). Having these items on your list will help you decide if you should really take them with you on your move, and if so, to remind yourself to find a safe way to do so.

Packing Checklist

Packing will be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming jobs to accomplish when moving. Having a detailed checklist that includes all of the belongings that are to be packed will benefit you greatly.

If you decide to pack your belongings by yourself, it is a good idea to include on your list the supplies you will need to get the job done. This will help ensure you have all of the materials you need so you won’t have to keep running to the store for things you’ve forgotten.

If you are hiring professional packers, you should also add to your checklist any items that may require custom crating, such as valuable paintings and sculptures.

Utilities Checklist

Before moving, you will need to notify important utility and service providers of your change of address. Here are some that you should add to your checklist:

  • Government Offices: State/Federal Tax Bureaus, Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, City/County Tax Assessor.
  • Utility Companies: Electric, gas, water, internet, cable.
  • Personal Accounts: Bank/finance Companies, credit card companies, insurance companies.
  • Personal Service Providers: Doctors, dentists, accountant, lawyer.
  • Subscriptions: Newspapers, magazines.

You will also need to change your address with the Post Office or fill out their online form for address change.

Kids Checklist

Moving with kids can add a lot of extra stress to a move. You want to ensure they are well taken care of throughout the moving process, and also that none of their belongings get left behind or lost in the shuffle. So make a checklist designated just for them. Include on it everything from collecting school and doctor records to a rundown of all of their possessions.

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What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away (Part 2 of 2)

As you learned from What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away Part 1, having a best friend move away can be very hard to handle. But helping them, comforting them, and reducing some of the stress surrounding their move is a wonderful way to show you care.

In What to Do When Your Best Friend Moves Away Part 2, we will cover some ways to make your last days within arm’s reach of your friend, count.

Stay in Touch

Technology makes it easy to keep in touch with others. More than likely, you and your best friend already spend the greater part of your interactions digitally anyway. But a distance in miles and a lack of in-person contact will definitely make an impact on your friendship. Luckily, there are lots of ways to stay in touch with your pal when they move away. Here’s how:

  • Talk on the phone.
  • Send text messages whenever you want to share something or even just to say hi.
  • Schedule a set time for video calls via Facetime, Skype, etc.
  • Use social media to stay current on your friend’s post-move life.
  • Write and send emails.
  • Send postcards, letters and little gifts to provide a physical reminder of how much you care about them.
  • Plan visits, and get together as often as possible.

Give a Gift

Giving your friend a special moving-away gift is a nice and thoughtful gesture that will further seal the bond you have. Sure, there are tons of gift shops out there, but to make your gift unique to your specific friendship, you will need to think a little deeper and even resort to your own creativity. Here are some ideas:

  • Make a photo album that commemorates your friendship. Take the time to select unique pictures that have captured special moments between the two of you. You can also write meaningful captions, etc. to make the album even more personal.
  • Get your friend a practical gift for their new home. This way, every time they use your gift, they will think of you.
  • Make your friend a survival kit. Fill it with comfort foods, funny photos, travel games, a CD with their favorite music, and anything else you think your friend will enjoy on their trip and during those first few days in their new home.
  • Select a meaningful object as a token, or reminder, of your friendship – a piece of art, a bracelet or other accessory, a book, or anything else you feel represents your friendship together.

Create a Special Goodbye

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone special to you. But when your friend moves away, it is an important part of the process. So in appreciation of the time spent with the person you consider your best friend, it is a good idea to find a way to express your deepest feelings with them, and give them a heartfelt sendoff. Try one or more of the ideas below to create your special goodbye:

  • Throw a farewell party. A goodbye party will be a mix of joy and sorrow, but it is a good way to help embed special memories for everyone there. Eat your favorite snacks, enjoy your favorite drinks, listen to music, dance, recall funny events – anything that will make you laugh, remember the good times and set a celebratory tone for your friend’s impending move.
  • Go somewhere meaningful. For some one-on-one time, head to your favorite place in town. Here you can spend some alone time together in your beloved surroundings, sharing your thoughts, emotions and enjoying each other’s company.
  • Write a goodbye letter. Writing a goodbye letter is a great way to express to your friend how much you appreciate and care about them, and how much you are going to miss them. There are no rules to what your letter should contain, so speak from the heart and say what’s on your mind. Remind your friend of the first time you met, or of a funny experience you had together – whatever you want to include to make your friend feel your warmth and love when they open it.

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Top 5 Signs It’s Time to Move

When you hear that someone you know is moving – whether to a new home, city, etc. – how do you feel about it? Are you happy for them, but are glad it’s not you? Or do you feel pangs of envy and jealousy holding your insides in a tight grip? If you can’t help but wish you were the one moving, it may be time to ask yourself some important questions:

  • Am I happy?
  • What am I doing with my life?
  • Who am I?
  • Is my current situation what I want, or do I need more?

You may be scared to find out the answers to these important life questions, but they are vital if you want to live a life that you are truly content with. To help you in your quest for happiness, here are five warning signs that it’s time to move.

1. Your budget is stretched too thin.

Can you pay your bills, but your disposable income disappears in the blink of an eye? Or worse, are you unable to pay your bills? If your budget is stretched too thin to be able to afford to pay for the things you need and want in order to live comfortably, it is a clear sign that it’s time to move. Money woes can cause major stress and anxiety, and can become a serious burden. It’s not always easy finding a location that offers cheaper living costs, but with adequate research, it is possible. Extensive research should be done on areas like overall living costs (housing, utilities, food, healthcare, education, transportation, etc.). You should also check the unemployment of the area and more, specifically, employment opportunities in your area of expertise, because let’s face it, moving will only be worth it if it’s possible to find a good job that can loosen the stress on your financial situation.

2. You’re stuck at a dead-end job.

Are you underpaid and/or unappreciated at work? If so, you are probably feeling an escalating dissatisfaction with your current job. This is a sure sign that your career may be headed in the wrong direction. Sensing deep inside that your professional skills are being wasted and taken advantage of, then a move could suit you well. Moving to a larger city will provide you with better job opportunities and help you fulfill your career goals.

If a large part of why your current job is causing you high levels of stress or simply not working out is because of a long commute, moving closer to your job could be worth it. Not only will it mean less time in the car – or on other means of transportation – but it also means you’ll have more money.

3. You’ve found your life partner.

Have you found your better half? The one you feel completes you and the life you’ve always dreamt for yourself? If so, a move may be in your near future. While your current residence may have been the perfect place when you were single, your relationship status may mean it’s time to relocate to a new and larger home – quite possibly, even a new town or state.

4. Your family has expanded.

It can be very exciting to start a family. But as it grows, your home may quickly change from spacious to claustrophobic. You may need a house that offers more than one bathroom, so morning routines are less stressful and chaotic. Or you may end up needing an extra bedroom because your once young children now need their own personal space. Whatever the reason, as things grow, more room is needed, and the best way to get it is to move to a larger home.

5. Your home is too large.

Upsizing your home when your family expands is a good decision that will serve you well for many years. But as time chugs by, your home may end up feeling too large. As your kids grow up and move out on their own, or when you are no longer able to maintain your home and property due to its size, this is a clear indicator that a move is in order. Less space can actually come with many positives, like lower maintenance costs and more disposable money to spend on your favorite activities and hobbies.

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Top Moving Questions, Asked and Answered

Moving house can be summed up in a number of words: exciting, stressful, chaotic, expensive. And with all of these things, your relocation can result in total confusion and a number of questions. What do I do next? What should I expect? How much is this going to cost me? So here’s what you do: hop onto your favorite web browser and search for information on all of your most grueling questions. Information is a powerful weapon and will give you a major advantage when moving from one home to another, saving you an enormous amount of time, money and stress! To make your move more efficient, we’ve listed the top questions people search online before moving house. We’ve also provided some useful answers and advice. Check it out!

Why do people move house?

Moving house is typically not something that just happens on a whim. It takes time, money and loads of planning. So if it’s such a serious matter, why do people do it? Many reasons! The number one reason people move is due to new or better job opportunities. When moving for this purpose, one may relocate to another part of the country, or even abroad.

Other main reasons for moving include:

  • The desire to be closer to a loved one;
  • The necessity to move into a more fitting home in a cheaper or safer city;
  • The wish to move to a place with a better climate;
  • The need to escape a past filled with bad memories.


What is the cheapest way to move cross country?

Depending on where you plan to move, you will need to decide whether to opt for a self-move or to hire a professional moving company. For a local move, a self-move is typically the cheaper (and first) choice. But for a move that will take you across the country, the best choice is to opt for professional movers. Hiring professional movers is one of the largest moving-related expenses. Is there any wonder people hit the Internet to search for movers with the best rates, along with ways to make a cross-country move cheaper?

To move cross country on a budget, here are some tips:

  • Find an affordable mover.
  • Book your move early.
  • Take only the belongings you truly need.
  • Sell items you aren’t taking with you.
  • Find free packing materials.
  • Pack whatever you can by yourself.

What steps do I take when moving house?

When first deciding to move to a new home, the process of moving probably feels rather straightforward. But with an ever-growing amount of tasks to complete within a limited time period, moving can become chaotic, stressful and hard to manage. Any lost time during your pre-move preparations can greatly hurt your chance of a smooth move. So what do you do? Successfully manage your time. For some, this is easy, but for many, it can be a real struggle! Searching the Internet for a good moving checklist will make a huge difference in the success of your move. A checklist can help you figure out what to do when moving and what items to take with you, along with valuable ideas on how to organize your time effectively and use every hour of every day to your advantage.

How do I choose a moving company?

Are you looking for a moving company that will offer high-quality services at an affordable (ahem… cheap!) rate? Of course you are! Who isn’t? This being said, it’s understandable why move-related online queries often contain the words cheap, affordable, low-cost and cost-saving. The mission to find a top-rated mover will not be a walk in the park, but if you do your homework and spend a fair amount of time researching movers, then the time and efforts you have invested should pay off nicely in the end. For tips on how to find a moving company, click here.

How do I pack for a move?

There’s no question that packing a home for a move is the toughest moving-related job. It requires lots of effort, energy and time. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that packing tips are one of the top things people search for online when moving house. There are tons of packing tips out there – some with general advice on when to start packing and how to pack quickly. There is also a handful of efficient packing tips aimed to help you save an enormous amount of time and how to keep your belongings protected at the same time. For useful packing tips, check any of our guides.

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Moving: How Long Does It Take?

There are many things people don’t have enough of, and one of the most important is time. If there was more time, life would be better, easier and happier. We’d be able to finish our work, get the rest we need, have fun, practice our hobbies, spend more time with family and friends, and so on. But since time always ticks away faster than we’d like, it is important to prioritize and organize our daily tasks in order to do everything on time. This is especially true when moving house. There’s no doubt that relocating to a new home takes time. But how long does it actually take? Since every relocation is unique, the time it takes to move house is difficult to pinpoint. However, you can get a rough estimate with the guide below.

Finding the Right Home

Moving is absolutely not worth it if you can’t find an appropriate place to live. This is why house hunting is such an important aspect when it comes to moving. While searching for a new place to live is very exciting, it can also be very taxing. You’ll need to set aside time and gather the necessary information needed to make the right choice. In most cases, you will also need to check the place out in person to ensure it meets your needs. In order to find a home that meets all of your personal requirements, it can take anywhere from a single week to a few months. Here is a further breakdown of the time it takes:

  • If you are buying a home, you will need to allow up to 10 weeks for the transfer of ownership to take place. This includes making an offer, negotiating details, completing the conveyancing process, performing a house survey and closing the deal.
  • If you are renting, however, the amount of time needed, from finding a place you like to signing a lease, can be as minimal as a few days.

Selling Your Home/Ending a Lease

Another key factor that plays a role in the amount of time required to move is the time needed to sell your home or end a lease. The amount of time it will take to sell your home depends primarily on the desirability of the area where it is located and its sale price. You will also need to add in a couple of weeks in order to stage the house for sale and get some evaluations so you know how much you can expect to sell the property for. There will then be viewings and negotiations with potential buyers, home surveys and various other time-consuming details that will need to be taken care of before you can finally sell your home. On average, the process of selling your home can take around two months in the best-case scenario where everything goes well and no unforeseen problems arise.

If you are moving out of a rental property, the process will be much quicker. You will simply need to review the terms and conditions of your lease agreement and notify your landlord a month or two prior to your impending move.

Gathering Paperwork

Prior to your move, you will need to take care of a great deal of paperwork. Obtaining and/or updating all of these documents can take a good month or so to complete. This being said, you will need to gather and prepare paperwork as early as possible. You will need to:

  • Collect and organize personal, financial and property-related documents;
  • Obtain medical records for you and all members of your family. This also includes health certificates and vaccination records for your pets;
  • Obtain children’s school records;
  • Transfer your driver’s license and obtain a new registration certificate for your car;
  • Change your address with the USPS and update your electoral registration;
  • Transfer utilities and cancel any subscriptions and memberships.

Organizing Belongings

There’s no better time than when preparing for a move to organize your belongings and get rid of unwanted items. When prepping for your move, you will need to look through all of your possessions and decide the fate of each item. For those items you no longer have a need for, either throw them away or find a way to get rid of them. Doing so will mean less time required for packing and moving, as well as less money spent on supplies and shipping your possessions.

To accomplish this task, you will need to allow yourself at least a full week to do so. It is important that this step in the moving process be completed at least six weeks prior to moving day. This way, you will have enough time to deal with all of the items you are not taking with you – whether you plan to sell them or trash them.

Packing Belongings

Packing is the most laborious task you’ll need to accomplish when moving house. It is also what you will spend a huge portion of your move doing. While there is no set time for how long it will take you to pack your belongings, it does depend on two factors:

  1. The amount of items you plan to relocate.
  2. The complexity of the job (delicate or fragile items will require more care and time when packing them).

To help better wrap your mind around the time needed to pack your home for a move, here are some examples:

When packing belongings yourself – or with the help of family and friends – you will need to allow:

  • 2 days to pack a studio or one-bedroom apartment;
  • 3-4 days to pack a two-bedroom house or apartment;
  • 5 days to pack a typical three-bedroom home; and
  • 1 week to pack a four-bedroom home.

When using professional services to pack your belongings, you will need:

  • 2-3 hours for a studio or one-bedroom apartment;
  • 3-4 hours for a two-bedroom home;
  • 6 hours for a three-bedroom home; and
  • 8-10 hours for a four-bedroom home.

Moving Day

When moving day arrives, you can expect it to take up most of your day, especially if you tackle the job yourself. If you hire professional movers, the actual time it will take to move your possessions out of your old home and onto the moving truck will depend on:

  • The number of boxes to be loaded onto the moving truck;
  • The number of furniture pieces and household appliances to be relocated;
  • The specialized services required to move your belongings;
  • How well prepared you are – if there are any unpacked items or unresolved issues that need to be taken care of at the last minutes; and
  • The accessibility from the moving truck to your home.

For a residential move, if everything is ready to go and no unforeseen obstacles occur, moving day will typically take:

  • 2-3 hours for a studio or one-bedroom apartment;
  • 4-5 hours for a two-bedroom home;
  • 6 hours for a three-bedroom home; and
  • 7-8 hours for a four-bedroom home.

For a long-distance move, the length of time it will take will range from several hours to about a week, depending on traffic, weather conditions, and miles traveled.

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Top Reasons People Move House

Have you ever wondered why people move? Are they seeking a new environment? Are they running to or from someone or something? Considering that moving house is one of the most difficult, important and life-altering decision one can make, there has to be a pretty good reason to endure such a long and strenuous act. So what makes someone say, “Yes!” to moving? Here’s a list of the top reasons people move.

Space

One of the main reasons people decide to move to a new place is because their old home no longer suits their needs/preferences. Here are the top space-related causes of moving:

Not Enough Space. One of the main reasons people opt for a residential move is the need for more space. Upsizing happens quite often, due to many circumstances:

  • When a family grows and a home starts to feel too small;
  • When kids become old enough to need separate bedrooms;
  • When the home becomes too full of belongings;
  • When it becomes possible to afford a larger, more spacious home;
  • When extra room is required for work, relaxation, etc.

Too Much Space. While people typically want a home with more space, sometimes too much room can be a problem. Downsizing is a convenient and cost-effective solution in these situations:

  • Their kids have grown up and moved out;
  • They can no longer afford it;
  • They are unable to maintain it.

Desire for a Better Home or to Own a Home

One of the major goals people have in life is to upgrade to a better home – one that’s newly built with a convenient layout, advanced home systems and attractive features. This is why so many work hard to save enough money to move into a better and more comfortable house. Doing so puts them closer to the life they’ve always wanted for themselves.

Owning a home is another major life goal and reason for moving house. While living in a rented property is typically the best choice for those who are young and do not yet have a stable job, or have not started a family or decided where they want to live, it is not a suitable long-term solution. Though it comes with a vast number of responsibilities, owning a home provides many great opportunities, which is why so many choose to tackle the moving process to do it.

Neighborhood Advantages

House-related problems pushed aside, sometimes people choose to move because other neighborhoods/areas come with more advantages, such as:

Convenience. Many decide to move house to live in areas that are more convenient for them – better infrastructures, abundant local amenities, and easier access to quality medical care, educational institutions, recreational centers, entertainment venues, etc.

Safer/Family-Oriented. When choosing to start a family, many decide to move to a neighborhood that is safer, better maintained, calmer and child friendly. These areas often offer plenty of grassy areas, playgrounds and more.

Bad Neighbors. If you’ve ever experienced “bad” neighbors, then you have probably either moved because of them or really wanted to. Bad neighbors cause many problems, from not trusting them to feeling uncomfortable in their presence – both serious issues that cannot be easily ignored.

Family-Related Reasons

Family-related reasons are another key cause of people moving house. Near 30% of home relocations are due to family-related reasons. This makes it the second most common reason people move. Family-related reasons include:

  • Change in marital status – marriage or divorce.
  • Following a spouse or partner due to change in work, studies or other reasons.
  • Moving closer to elderly parents or to children.
  • Moving in pursuit of love.
  • Moving to a child-friendly neighborhood.

Occupation

Another common reason people move house is due to their occupation. Job-related relocations are typically due to:

New jobs. The most frequent reasons for an occupational relocation is due to a new job. When presented with the opportunity to advance their career, or achieve a higher salary, stable job, better work conditions, etc., most people are more than willing to jump at the opportunity – even when it means uprooting themselves and their family halfway across the country or even halfway across the world.

Corporate transfers. A corporate transfer means an employee is sent to a different city or state with a specific long-term assignment, or to relocate to a different branch of a company they are working for. This is done in an attempt to improve a company or business or to cut down overheard costs.

Another reason people often move to a new job is because they are restricted by the lack of jobs available in their particular field in the area they currently reside in. A move to a new city or state can open the door for better employment opportunities in the future.

Moving closer to work. Long commutes and heavy traffic are both serious incentives for moving house. This is why many people choose to relocate closer to their place of employment in order to save time and money and to lower the level of stress to and from work.

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Easy Ways to Reward Yourself After a Move

Moving house is no joke. It takes tons of time, planning, packing and muscle. So, after a long adrenaline-filled moving day, there is no doubt that you will be exhausted. Though happy that you finally conquered your move and made it to your new home without any major accidents, it can be difficult to get your energy bar to raise from depleted to energized. So, what do you do? Reward yourself! To do this, you will need to turn your attention back on yourself. Yes, there are loads of post-relocation tasks that are begging to be completed, but after such a long and grueling moving process, it is important to let both your mind and body recuperate. So let the piles of boxes wait, and delve into one of the creative ways to reward and rejuvenate yourself that we’ve provided below.

Go to the Movies

The moving process can make you feel very overwhelmed, causing a number of negative things to happen. For instance, your mood may suffer, you may not sleep as well as usual, and you may not be able to focus on non-moving-related situations. This is why it is important to do something fun to take your mind off of the stress weighing down upon you. Going to the movies is one way to reward yourself after a move. A couple hours of distraction will do wonders in helping you clear your mind and recharge your batteries so you can get your post-moving tasks accomplished more efficiently.

Have a Housewarming Party

Your new home may take some time to look and feel exactly as you want it to, but don’t let this stop you from having a housewarming party. Inviting friends – and even new neighbors – over for a night of fun is a great way to relieve stress, so order some pizzas and pop open a bottle of champagne and toast yourself to a job well done!

Give Yourself Some R&R

Nothing rejuvenates the mind and body like some genuine R&R. Whether you choose to combat post-moving exhausting by catching extra zzz’s, diving into a new book or just watching TV, how you choose to take it easy is totally up to you. Trust us, it will be worth it.

Browse the Internet

One of the best – and most fun – aspects of moving is making your house a home. This means arranging and decorating it so it ultimately becomes the dream home you’ve always envisioned for yourself. After a tough move, though, these tasks will be much too draining. So instead, browse websites like Pinterest, which offer millions of ideas at your fingertips and let your future decorating plans unfold.

Explore Your Surroundings

What better way to rejuvenate yourself after a move than to explore your new surroundings? It may seem somewhat scary at first, but going on this brave adventure will empower you as well as excite you when you learn of all the great sites that await you. So take the bull by the horns and venture into your new town so you can learn all there is to know about it. Who knows, maybe you’ll even meet some new people along the way.

Treat Yourself

Since moving house can be such a stressful and overwhelming event, it takes a lot of motivation to get the job done. So why not boost your motivation level by setting up a reward system prior to your move? For instance, once you conquer your move and it is officially complete, you can buy yourself something extra special. A fancy new smartphone perhaps? Or maybe a flat-screen TV for your new home? Whatever reward you decide on, it will be a nice treat at the end of a long and stressful event.

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