Moving Tips for Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC Residences – Things to Think About Before Your Move

If you’re planning a move, before you start packing, before you by moving supplies, before you hire your moving company, there are several things which you need to do in order to be ready to move. Simple things, which if overlooked can be serious problems for you once moving time arrives. This article offers help on how to make the appropriate arrangements before you move to your new location.

One thing which you will have to take into account is de-cluttering. When you need to move there is often a whole variety which you will need to get rid of. Perhaps, your new home or apartment doesn’t have a washer/dryer hookup and you’ll need to find something to do with that Kenmore set you purchased at sears. Maybe you have a bunch of junk that you will need to unload because there is no room for it in your new place. One of the first things to look at is a storage facility for your stuff. If you just want to offload it and avoid storage fees, you can always post a craigslist ad to give it away. Goodwill is also a great way to get rid of your stuff. That way you’re not giving it away, you’re donating! (What an upstanding person!)

If you really have a whole lot of garbage that you just know nobody will ever want, you can also rent a dumpster, although this can be expensive. Most companies charge something like $400 a day, so it’s only an option if you have a whole lot of trash. Another thing that you can do is to rent a U-Haul truck to take things to a land fill. Some places have them for less than $35 a day. Call up your buddies, and make them help you haul it. Landfills usually charge per pound, and some things they simply will not accept. Make sure dispose of dangerous chemicals and any hazardous materials properly. You local department of sanitation will be able to inform you about any relevant disposal laws.

If you are a renter at your current residence, another thing to take into account is what you need to do before you move. You will likely want to get your deposit back, and you also want to avoid a bad report on you renter’s history. Consult your lease and look for any stipulations regarding exiting the property. Are you terminating your lease early? If so, consider the fees associated with it and plan your finances accordingly. If it’s been sometime since you have moved in, you might not remember all the stipulations. You will need to plan to clean thoroughly if you want your deposit back. If you can, rent a steam cleaner for the carpets. Oftentimes, when someone inquires as to why they were not refunded their full deposit, apartment managers will say they had to steam clean the floors. Make sure to document your efforts and notify management of them. That way, when they say they had to spend $400 of your deposit to remove stains from the carpets, you can prove that you did it already. Remember to take lots of pictures. If you have painted the walls since moving in, you’ll like need to repaint them to their original color. Get the color swatch from your manager.

These suggestions can save you time and money, and get you ready to plan your move. Once these details are out of the way, you can start searching for a moving company, and purchasing your moving supplies.

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