You just found out your moving. Now what?
Now that you know you’re moving, it’s time to set a plan. If you’re moving on your own or with loved ones, sit down to discuss and figure out your next step. Some topics to consider can be whether you’re even in need of moving assistance. Perhaps you’re moving with a roommate and only have very minimal household goods. While most moving companies assist with smaller moves, you may want to ask yourself if the number and pieces of furniture you’re moving requires professional assistance. Perhaps you’re positive you need to hire a moving company but don’t know if it falls within your budget. Your next step after confirming you’re moving is to assess your situation and set a plan in motion before your moving day.
It’s essential to shop around when searching for a moving company. Our best tip is to search online and jot down the contact information of your top 5 choices. Call each one and compare rates, customer service, reputation, and overall communication. Feel free to request your verbal quote in writing – no companies should have any trouble emailing you a quote per your request. This step should help you narrow your options to your top pick. Don’t forget to ask questions when requesting a quote – you’re in control, and you have every right to ask and know how the moving process works. A helpful method to use is compiling a list of your top questions to receive the answers you need.
How To Decide Which Moving Company to Hire? Red flags & More
With so many people moving every day in the United States and a vast number of active moving companies, figuring out which company to hire may present a challenge. You may find yourself stuck after shopping around and narrowing your top choices. We advise you don’t necessarily focus on the cheaper quotes – you want to make sure all companies have competitive rates without cutting down on quality. If you found a mover who has significantly lower prices than most, that may be a red flag to stay away. Companies that offer lower than average rates will most likely tackle extra and hidden fees once they arrive at your move. You’ll find yourself cornered into accepting the hidden fees considering you were suddenly made aware of them on your move date. Another way to determine who’s the better choice is by finding out what’s included with the service. The majority of moving companies provide the moving truck, wrapping material, tools, and wardrobe boxes. Be aware that there are companies; however, that will charge you for these materials. You’re better off confirming by asking them to reassure you of the complimentary perks with your quote. Finding the perfect connection between price and quality, doing your research, and trusting your gut should help you make your final decision.
Our Packing Guide – Packing 101
Packing – the least stress-free aspect of your move. Depending on your move size, packing can become fairly easy or perhaps the most chaotic event of your month. Ask yourself if you require packing assistance or if you’re willing to take on the mighty challenge on your own. Packing can go one in 3 ways. You can pack entirely on your own, request a full pack service from your moving company, or request partial packing assistance. If you decide to pack by yourself, you can either buy packing supplies from your moving company or purchase them elsewhere if you find some that are more affordable. If you request a full pack service, chances are your moving cost will increase. A full pack move requires additional movers and packing material. Most companies will sell you moving boxes, packing paper for your fragile items, and bubble wrap. Plastic wrap, packing tape, and a box cutter are usually complimentary. Try and stay away from garbage bags – unless needed for clothing only. Keep in mind moving companies most likely will include wardrobe boxes as part of the service so you can stay away from squeezing in your clothing into small boxes.
All in all – it’s in everyone’s interest that your items are properly packed, and furniture professionally wrapped. Our top packing tip is to refer by a moving checklist. Create your checklist to figure out which items require extra precaution and divide the list into categories, room by room. Staying organized is a must when packing!
The Finishing Touches
The finishing touches are an exciting moment before your scheduled move takes place. This is the time you use (a few days – 1 week before moving) to make sure everything is in place. You should use this time to double-check you’re all set to go. Take this opportunity to ensure appliances are disconnected or important documents are already securely packed. You can even use the chance to start taking smaller items or boxes in your car to your new residence, which helps cut back on time. When you feel that you’re ready to move, all that awaits is the anticipation of your upcoming move.
Checking In With The Moving Company One Day Before Your Scheduled Move
Even though you’ve already locked in the date and details with your moving company, it’s best to give them a ring at least one day before your move date to make sure both parties are on the same page. Moving companies should give a courtesy call one day before the move, but that may not always happen. Don’t be afraid to follow up with them to make sure plans haven’t changed on either end.
The Do’s & Don’ts When Moving
Abiding by these helpful tips may make the process easier for you. Do make sure you’re present during your move to monitor it. If you’re unable to be there, assign a trusted person on your behalf, and inform your moving company. Do prep and request moving quotes ahead of time. As they say, the early bird gets the worm. Stay organized, do a checklist, declutter if necessary. Structured planning is of great importance. Don’t lift any heavy furniture you’re not capable of physically moving, don’t leave anything last minute and don’t procrastinate.
Most importantly, don’t mislead on your move size or leave out any crucial details. We all hope for a smoothe transition; being genuine on both ends helps achieve that. Skip out on all of the don’ts, so you don’t have a bad experience.
Find Out Which Items Are Worth Mentioning To Your Movers
Most people own standard household goods such as coffee tables, desks, sofas, dressers, and beds. However, there are belongings we consider to be a bit out of the ordinary. Items such as pianos, pool tables, and bathtubs are worth mentioning to the moving company. If you possess an item that you believe to be excessively heavy, it’s a good idea to inform your movers before your move. This will help them determine whether you require additional manpower or if it’s an item that may require special handling – or it may just be out of their expertise. Ruling out probable trouble is ideal.
When is the Best Time to Move?
The best time to move is when you’re ready. The busy season for the moving industry is in the Summer. Most people have vacation time from school or work and use the opportunity to move. If you’re someone who prefers mild weather, you can move in the Fall/Spring. Keep in mind moving rates decrease during the slower season. The best time to move is entirely up to you.
All moving companies in the United States carry a default moving coverage. With the exception of Illinois, the minimal liability stands at $0.60 /lb per damaged article. If you want to insure your household goods or specific items fully, there are third party insurance companies who specialize in moving warranty you can reach out to for further information.