To get the best U-Haul deal and pull off a successful and uneventful move, keep in mind the following: • Time your move. Mid-month and mid-week are the best days to get a good price, since most movers say the weekends and month-ends are the busiest times for them. • Look for inexpensive but serviceable packaging. Recycled boxes are less expensive. • Start packing a long time off. Plan months ahead regarding which items you’ll bring with you and which ones to give away or donate. • Organize a moving team. You’ll need all the help you can get, from packing and labeling to unpacking and sorting your stuff. • Time your departure from your old place. Make sure you’ll be able to stop and rest when needed at convenient times and places. You want to be able to get to your new house while there’s still light outside for ease in unloading. If you decide to do the move with a U-Haul, make a specific timetable. Include all the things that you would be doing in preparation for your move. If you’ll be proceeding without professional help, you may even want to ask for advice from people you know. Their moving experience will provide you with tips on what to avoid and areas of preparation you may have overlooked. Whether you make your big move with professional help, family and friends, or by yourself, preparation and organization are key. You might have asked for all the help you can get and hired the best movers. But, without your personal involvement in planning and organizing, you won’t be able to keep track of everything that needs to be monitored and prepared. 94

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