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The summer months are finally here. While this can be a relaxing time filled with days spent outdoors and vacations in the works, it's also the time when people move the most. In fact, summer is the busiest moving time of the year notably because the weather is nice and the kids are finally out of school.

When you think about moving a thorough plan needs to first be hatched to cut down on any potential stressful moments whether you are moving across town or across the country.

The first thing you will need to do is hire a professional company that will help make your job easier. FlatRate Moving - headquartered in New York City - and with locations in most major US cities and London and Singapore  - offers a variety of services from packing and unpacking, to moving and storing valuables like art, antiques and wine, to making sure your last-minute donation items are taken care of.

FlatRate Moving guarantees the rate you are quoted so there are  no hidden costs involved with your move. This is extremely helpful especially when there are so many stresses involved with moving in general. Knowing how much your move will cost helps cut down on that anxiety.

The second thing you will need to do to get ready for your move is to systematically go through all of your belongings and organize them. FlatRate Elite, the high-end moving option, can make your life easier and do this for you by taking inventory of your packed belongings as they pack them for you If you feel like doing it yourself, be sure to start far in advance of your move. This will cut down on any panic packing.

Third, if you have small children make sure to keep out a few of their favorite belongings so they automatically feel comfortable in their new home. It may be their stuffed animals to games and computers for your older children. You definitely want them to feel at home with their favorite things with them instead of packed away.
Also, be sure to give yourself some time in order to move with ease. If you know you will be moving in a few months, allocate a several weekends before your move to really begin to organize all of your things. Be sure to buy crates or boxes to pack your things and always remember to label your boxes. There is nothing worse than looking for something and having to open every single box before you find it. Do the work beforehand and it will make a difference when you’re getting settled into your new home.

And finally, be sure to have all of your utilities turned on before moving in, including cable and Internet. Many people still think of Internet services as an afterthought when moving, but it is nice to be able to get online right away in your new home instead of relying on your phone to send a receive emails and to surf the Web. Some things require more robust work especially if you still need to sign and end back contracts or other required documents.

One of the upsides of using FlatRate Moving is the option to UPCYCLE gently used items and donate them to charity. FlatRate Movers work with the Salvation Army to provide your belongings to others in need. That means you can move and do good all at the same time.

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