Experienced professionals representing household goods movers within the relocation industry say that proper planning and organization is often the key to minimizing the stress associated with the physical move. Rupe, who has been in the moving business for over 30 years, said that planning generally begins with a telephone consultation, followed by a visit to the home and a physical survey of the items to be transported. [...] transferee should handle the moving of important documents, social security cards, passports, jewelry and other valuable items themselves. For the past 30 years she has conducted pre-move consultations with homeowners, offering practical suggestions to help ease some of the stress associated with the move. Martin also advises customers to keep their home telephones connected, in case cell phone batteries run out, or voice mailboxes are too full to receive messages. Rupe offered a final piece of advice for people who are moving, but not doing so through a corporate sponsored relocation, and what they should be thinking about when selecting a moving company.