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Moving for the first time? Or are you a moving veteran? Either way, Farmerville Movers’ suggestions can assist you with the details in planning and executing the best move you’ve ever made.

PLANNING is the first thing, and most important of all. Now that you are armed with a target date for being installed in your new home or office, keep in mind: summer is the busy season for moving. Moving costs can be higher. Trouble is, it’s also the least disruptive time to move kids from their old school to the new one. So you need to carefully weigh things out. Younger kids can move more easily, while high schoolers can be upset and angry if forced to leave their friends, classes, and activities mid-term.

If you decide on a summer move, get moving estimates at least 2 months ahead of your target move date. Moving companies need a lot of lead time due to high demand in summer. Keep estimates and other papers in a folder all in one place.

To plan well you will need to make LISTS. List all bills, loans, credit card payments, mortgages, any monthly payments you need to remember. List all future notifications – services, health providers, etc. (to check off as they are done). List your possessions. It will be of tremendous help in discussion with the moving company. Lists will be essential all through the planning, packing and moving process.

When you are selecting a mover, be sure they have a DOT license (avoid companies without this!). Inquire whether they can supply extra insurance for items of high value.

If you go through every room, closet, attic etc. and purge your stored possessions, deciding which to keep, and disposing of the rest, you will save yourself unimaginable time, trouble and money later. The less you carry, the less a move will cost. You can have a yard sale, sell things on ebay, donate, etc.

Collect strong BOXES as you go, or buy/order boxes etc in advance, it can really help during “crunch” time. Also, get more than you think you’ll need, as it’s normal to have more stuff suddenly need to be packed at the last minute. When packing, label clearly and LIST all the contents on the box, and create a master list of all the boxes. Make boxes labeled “essentials” for things you will need right away, and keep them aside.

List all bills, loans, credit card payments, mortgages, any monthly payments you need to remember. Plan when you will notify them or do it when you make a payment, and check them off your list as you do.

Put important documents – titles, deeds, birth certificates, bank, medical, and school records etc. all in one container and TRANSPORT THEM YOURSELF. Ditto for jewelry, small electronics like cell phones and I-pods, essential computer discs, jewelry, prescription drugs for family and pets, photo albums, and cash.

During moves, certain items are commonly overlooked. Make sure you include in your inventory list: laundry and kitchen appliances, rugs, mirrors, lamps, garage/shed/closet contents, yard and patio items like furniture, play sets, bird feeders, wind chimes.

Give your movers all the specific information you can about size and shape of unusual rooms, passageways, driveways, doorways in present and new location. Talk to them about parking permits and space issues for large trucks. Check with the new location about the same things.

Talk about the move with, and involve the entire family from the beginning. A move is an enormous change in a person’s life, no matter their age, and participation in decisions, large and small, help people cope.