• Finally, unpack what you need for the rest of the day and set up your beds and beddings while you have help.


The checklist above is as thorough as it gets, with the weekly tasks to tick off as you go along the way. However, a big factor to consider is whether to hire a mover. Movers are a big help with all the items you need to pack, load, and transport over a long distance. If you’re bringing several rooms of furniture and a family load of personal possessions, hiring a moving company will decidedly be the practical choice. With intrastate moves costing an average of $2,000-$3000, and interstate moves averaging $7,000-$8,000, you need to consider all your moving options carefully (including whether you might want to drive or ship off your car in advance). We recommend that you get at least three to four bids from different moving companies before you decide who to work with. That will ensure you get a fair price — and maybe even a good deal out of it. The first thing to consider while analyzing these bids is verifying that the movers you want to work with are legit and up-to-date, with all the required insurance and approvals. The issue is choosing the right moving company to work with you. Here are some things to consider when hiring movers: • Consider reputation. Ask around for movers whom friends and relatives recommend based on their experience. Have at least three companies to compare services and reviews from before making your final choice. • Choose local. Oftentimes, local companies are the better choice in terms of budget and availability. • Ask for an in-house cost estimate. Let the movers see your 92

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