Moving to a new home is anxiety-provoking for anyone. After all, you will not only live in a different location but also have to make sure all your stuff arrives there safe and sound. If you've never used professional movers, it can be daunting. Where do you begin? Moving in itself takes a lot of planning and work, but hiring a moving company can take a lot of hassle and labor out of the process if you do it right. Here is some advice for successfully completing your relocation with a professional moving company.
Choose the Right Moving Company for Your Needs
You've probably heard nightmare stories about people who have had significant problems with movers. It can happen. When you're talking about putting practically all of your possessions in the hands of people you don't know, it's essential to have some confidence going into the process. Therefore, you should research and find moving companies with great reviews. Simply doing a Google search of moving companies can give you a lot of insight into many actual paying customers' experiences with each company. Some moving companies have a low code of conduct and are not trustworthy. It's essential to read the bad reviews and determine if there is a theme of consistently poor service in one aspect (e.g., arriving late or damaging items). Look at the details of the good reviews, also. After you've found a few good possibilities regarding customer satisfaction, it's time to price each prospect. Determine your moving budget and rule out any companies you know you can't afford. When you've narrowed the list down to affordable options, you may find it worth paying a little more for a company with excellent reviews from highly satisfied customers rather than spending less on one with average or good reviews.
Determine the Services You Need
There are various types of services that moving companies offer. You can get them to merely load the truck and transport your possessions. You can also opt for a full-service move. These include the following services.
- Packing and unpacking
- Storing your items temporarily
- Disassembling and reassembling furniture
Prepare Yourself Before Move Day
Whether your move is next week or in a year, you can begin preparing for moving day immediately. With all that it entails, moving is stressful, so following these tips can help ease the stress and help things progress smoother for everyone.
- Clear the Clutter: Any time is an excellent time to declutter your home. There's always something you no longer need or want; all it's doing is taking up valuable space. Besides, movers charge by the pound, so it will cost you to move them and be more to pack and unpack. If you have enough time, have a yard sale after you finish or sell them online. For everything else that is still useful, donate to a charity.
- Begin Packing: Next, even if you plan on having the movers pack your possessions for you, there may be things you can pack yourself quickly and easily. This includes anything you won't need in the meantime that's not fragile. Packing some things yourself can save on moving expenses, too. The more you pack yourself, the more money you'll save. You can also always find free boxes of every size (ask friends or store managers for extras they may have). If you're worried about delicate items such as valuable art or electronics, you can leave those for the movers to handle.
- Keep Your Home Neat: Once you've decluttered, keep your home as neat as possible, especially on moving day. The movers must have room to work packing your things or carrying them through the house and out to the truck. Make safe pathways and keep small children and pets out of the area to prevent anyone from getting injured.
Moving to a new home is a massive process, whether in the same town or across the country. You may have many years' worth of accumulated stuff. Make your move as simple as possible; it can be more of an exciting adventure than a stressful ordeal.