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How to Work With Your Mover

When you move, you're going to be spending a good deal of time with your moving company -- they'll come to your house to give you quotes, they'll pack up your stuff and load it, and then drive it hundreds and thousands of miles and unload it.

They'll see you when you're both stressed and happy -- and likewise.

So the whole thing is going to go a lot smoother if you have a smooth working relationship with the guys.

Here's how to do it.

Be explicit with your mover about what you do and don't want moved. First, it will affect you moving cost -- the more stuff you have, the more expensive it will be.

Also, if you want something to stay at the house but the moving company doesn't know it and packs it up, you might pay more because of the greater weight, and you'll have the extra hassle of getting it back.

Be explicit when it comes to moving dates. If there are things that could change the move date -- closings, building move-out dates, etc. -- communicate that with your mover. And if something does come up, let them know right away. This isn't a time for surprises, particularly if you're moving during a busy part of the year.

Be sure the moving company has a complete understanding of the access to the property at both origin and destination. It may be necessary for the mover to have completely different types of trucks and equipment depending on the ability to get near the residence to complete your move. Knowing this information in advance will insure that the mover is totally prepared at both ends with the proper equipment and personnel to handle the particulars of your move.

The mover also needs to know about any items that require special packaging or services. Certain items in a typical household may require servicing by a third party company instead of the moving company. Examples would be appliance servicing, crating of large glass or marble pieces, and disassembly of items such as gym equipment, pool tables or large outdoor play sets.

Also convey to the mover what things are most important to you during the moving process. . All items in the residence that are most important to you should be pointed out so the mover can give those items special attention. Examples are heirlooms, antiques, memorabilia and any items that cannot be replaced if damaged or lost.

Finally, treat your movers with respect. It's not an easy job -- it requires one exert a great deal of physical strength -- but still have a gentle touch so nothing is damaged.

In the end, honest communication with your moving company is the key to having a successful move.

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