You want your move to go smoothly and professionally. The trouble is, you have to hire a company that does the job correctly and can be trusted. So, what should you do? How do you make sure you get your dollars worth from the company you use?
As professional movers with years of experience under the belt, it is fair to say we know what makes a good moving company and what makes a not so great moving company. Over the years we’ve learned from our own mistakes and those of our customers. In today’s post, we are offering an extensive list of advice for your next move. Let’s dive right in so you know what to expect.
Stay on Schedule
Procrastination is one of the greatest hurdles for our customer’s moves. Before you know it, you only have 7 days before moving day and have to do everything at once. Don’t let this happen to you. Set a schedule and stick to it.
For example, make cleaning out your closets, basement, garage, and attic your first stop on the to-do list. In fact, this can be done long before you even decide to move. As a general rule, do your best to not accumulate unnecessary items because it ends up costing you time and money.
Once you’ve done that, start making reservations to get movers into your home up to four weeks before your move day. The best moving companies are booked for weeks in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to find one. Otherwise, you’ll end up with mediocre movers who don’t do the quality job you’re looking for.
Another tip is to focus on smaller details like your change of address and utilities. Make sure your utilities are ready to go before you move your stuff in. If you don’t, you might find yourself, and your family, whining on move in day. Do the same with any newspapers you subscribe to, lawn services, or daycares that you use.
Don’t hesitate to start packing early, either. Particularly start with items you don’t need on a day to day basis.
It’s easy to forget some of the smaller to-do list items. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up reminders. For example, if you take furniture apart, be sure to keep the hardware together. That prevents missing pieces and headaches when you move in. You should also check your owner’s manual on large appliances before you move them. All of this keeps your stress levels as low as possible.
Also, be sure to check what items are safe to ship according to the law. Flammables and combustible items can become dangerous when shipped, so check the local laws regarding transport of these items to be on the safe side.
No matter how far your move is or what you plan on moving, use these tips to stay on the straight and narrow with your moving company.