Relocation Resources

Raleigh Moving Tips

Making Your Relocation To Raleigh Easier!

Let's face it, moving day is no picnic. Experience has taught us organization is the key to making your relocation to Raleigh as smooth as possible.  By using these helpful tips, your move will be much more organized and less stressful.  If we can be of assistance, contact us, your Raleigh real estate experts.

Packing Tips

  • Host a garage or yard sale to get rid of outgrown or unused items. If time prevents you from holding a yard sale, consider donating the items to a charitable organization like the Salvation Army or the Goodwill Foundation.
  • Use sturdy, reinforced boxes, and if packing fragile items, pack them with care.
  • Consider using bubble wrap or other packing material for extra cushion and security.
  • If you secure free boxes at your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store, just remember they are not reinforced.
  • Mark fragile boxes so movers can identify them quickly and easily. Be sure you point out to your mover those boxes that contain high-value items and secure extra insurance for those items.
  • Pack dishes, bowls, plates and other glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes.
  • Don't forget to label your boxes, especially any box that contains items that are needed immediately such as sheets and towels. You'll need those items first when you move in.
  • Create an "OPEN ME FIRST" box containing personal essentials like toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, paper plates, paper cups, paper towels, snacks, instant coffee or tea bags, soap, flashlight, tools (screwdriver, pliers), and any other items your family can't do without. Have this box available so it can be removed first from the moving van or if you have the space, you might consider bringing it along with you in your car.
  • Lastly - take all your personal documentation (medical records, school records, financial records) and medications with you for your security and for your convenience.
  • ...Did we mention this one before?...Lighten your Load. Don't move what you don't need. Go through your home and decide what you no longer use or need. Hold a Garage Sale or use Craigslist or Ebay to sell items. Donate the rest to charities.
  • Use the right box for the right job. Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in large boxes.
  • Don't be afraid to use lots of packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts – this is your best insurance against damage and many of these items can be recycled.
  • Label boxes on 2 sides with the room they will be moved to. Do not label the top since the boxes will be stacked and the label will not be visible. If you like, put a brief description of the packed items on the top.
  • Be sure and prominently mark boxes as "Fragile" – Consider purchasing bright red labels so these boxes can be easily identified.
  • When packing items such as a Lamp Shade, write "Do Not Stack" on the box to prevent contents from being crushed.
  • Point out high dollar value items to the movers. These are items that are worth more than $100 per pound such as computers and artwork. Keep a list of these since they will have to be entered separately on the High-Value Inventory Form. Consider purchasing extra insurance on these items.


Working with your Mover

  • Exchange your contact information with the mover's foreman in case you need to contact each other.
  • Read all moving documents before you sign anything. If you don't understand something, ask for a clear explanation.
  • Note your shipment's registration number, and keep your Bill of Loading handy during the move.
  • If you're moving long distance, it's possible your household goods and personal belongings could be on a truck with someone else's goods too.
  • If this is the case, your mover may have to warehouse your furniture and belongings for several days.
  • Ask your mover if your goods will remain on the truck until delivered. If they have to be stored, ask if you may inspect the warehouse for security, organization and cleanliness.
  • Obtain a Binding Estimate from your moving company. If you don't the actual cost of the move could be much higher than you expected.
  • Point out all items that you want to move and items that require special handling/packaging by the movers. If you fail to mention items or request additional services, the price you pay will increase, even if you received a binding estimate.
  • Keep a record of your High Value Articles – anything that is valued at more than $100 per pound – and note each item on the movers High-Value Inventory Form.
  • Be available the day of the move. Review the Inventory Checklist as the items are packed. Note the condition of each item as recorded by the mover. If you don't agree with the stated condition, note your objections on the sheet. If your brand new refrigerator is marked “dented" speak up! If you don't and it later arrives dented you might be out of luck when it comes time to file a claim.
  • Read all your moving documents. If you don't understand something, ask for an explanation.
  • If you have young children, consider having them stay with a relative or friend on moving day or arrange for a babysitter.
  • Move your most valuable items yourself – financial documents, passports, birth certificates, and jewelry. Back up computer files and move the CDs yourself.
  • Purchase the proper amount of insurance. The basic insurance coverage provided by the mover only covers you for 60 cents per pound in the event something is lost or damaged.
  • Your mover must provide you with a complete copy of the Inventory Checklist. When your belongings arrive at your new home, use the Inventory Checklist to identify any missing items. Check off box numbers as they are removed from the moving truck.
  • Carefully check over furniture as it is unwrapped and placed in your home. Do not be afraid to note any damage on the Inventory Checklist or the Movers Damaged Goods Form. Do this before the movers leave. The standard language in some moving contracts states the moving company is not responsible for claims for damage or missing items if they are not noted at the time of the delivery. If you notice the damage later, the moving company may deny your claim.
  • Treat your movers with respect and consideration; after all, it is a demanding job. Offering beverages, snacks or lunch is a good way to show you appreciate the care with which they are handling your belongings.

Taking Care of Those You Love and Finally – Enjoy your New Home!!

There are other moving tips to remember when relocating with your kids and pets. Be sure to contact us to request these special tips to make your move with kids and pets safe and sound.

Questions? Just Ask!