shutterstock_295477061Making the move from one home to another can be stressful in more ways than one – especially if you do not take the proper financial precautions. Here is a list of a few things that you should accomplish before and on “moving day” to make things a little easier on yourself and your wallet:

Get a written contract from the mover – It is important to be wary of moving companies who are reluctant to give you a written estimate prior to the job. Reputable moving companies will be more than happy to provide a guaranteed price in writing. In addition, a reputable moving company will only ask for a deposit up front and only bill the full price for the job when they are finished.

Plan ahead & get your own packing materials – Purchasing moving supplies from big box stores can be quite expensive. To save a little money, ask your local retailers for extra boxes and keep a few week’s worth of newspapers for wrapping and cushioning.

Buy the movers some coffee and donuts – While not technically a “money-saving” tip, this advice is just a common courtesy. Feeding the guys will get them moving faster and working harder. In addition, it will buy you a lot of goodwill with the movers who will be extra careful with your stuff.

Move your most valuable objects yourself – Many of your most valuable objects are fairly small and fragile. So, pack up your important papers, jewelry, and heirlooms to transport yourself. Knowing your most treasured items are safe will give you peace of mind.

Have a contingency fund – Despite the best-laid plans, some small emergencies will often crop up on moving day. It best to have a few dollars set aside to deal with these issues in an expeditious manner. It will help make the day a whole lot easier and less stressful for you. It will also save a few dollars in the long run.

Stay tuned to Connecticut Finest Movers for more helpful tips for your next move.