NOVATO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to relocating, proper planning can help ensure a smooth move. To learn more, we’re in Novato with Scott Kerr of A and P Moving, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Darcy Quinn.

Scott Kerr: When planning to use a moving company, you want to make sure you call the moving company two to three months prior to your moving date. It’s very important to get your moving date booked and set up, especially if you’re planning on moving during the peak season. In our industry, that’s the middle of April through the middle of September.

You are going to want to call the moving company and have a relocation consultant come out to your residence to do a walk-through and a needs-analysis of your place. This will help the movers plan accordingly for your move, and also give you an estimate of cost so you can budget for the relocation. You want to make sure, once you’ve had your estimates and you’ve decided on a mover, to get that moving date booked. Most movers are going to be booked in the summertime, so with a little bit of planning and forethought you should be able to have a smooth move and make this transition much easier.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.