Even if you have moved multiple times, there are always lessons learned that could help streamline the process and save you money. If this is the first time that you have ever hired movers and packers, the information provided will be even more beneficial. Regardless, consider the following tips to make sure that your upcoming move is everything you expect and more.
This list of tips addresses some of the challenges that most movers and packers deal with on a regular basis.
In-Home Assessment – One of the most important tips is to request to have a company representative from at least three companies come to your home to do an assessment of the goods you need to have moved. Getting an estimate over the phone is a recipe for disaster. For one thing, the company is basing its estimate on the information that you provide, which means if you forgot the attic was full of boxes, not only are you going to pay more, but the movers might also show up with the wrong size truck and an inadequate number of movers and packers. Therefore, always insist on an in-home assessment followed by a written estimate.
Potential Challenges – Although a company representative should identify any challenges during the in-home assessment, such as multiple stairs, tight corners, elevators, long corridors, limited parking, and so on, this is something that you should advise companies on your short list. Be precise in the information passed along, such as the number of stairs, restricted parking hours, and so on.
Heavy Goods – During your initial phone calls with candidates, be clear about anything extra heavy, such as an oversized refrigerator, pool table, outdoor jacuzzi, fountain, piano, and so on. In some instances, these items must be removed from the home using innovative methods since they may not fit through standard doors.
Odd-Shaped Items – Potential movers and packers should also be aware of any odd-shaped items, including lamps, statues, shelving, etc. You want to make sure they have the experience dealing with those types of things and that they will professionally wrap and protect them for transport.
Boxes – If you plan to pack your goods as opposed to using available packing services, make sure the movers know how many boxes you have and whether any are oversized. It is also critical that you use quality boxes. If possible, purchase actual moving boxes; otherwise, look for boxes tossed out at various retail stores. Make sure the boxes are in good condition and then use heavy-duty packing tape for extra security.