When you are getting ready to move you need to navigate finding balance between time and cost. How much time do you have to prepare, versus your budget. The more prepared you are, the less time it will take your movers and the more you will save! After being in business for over 25 years we can provide you with a few tips to help you better prepare for your move and therefore, save you money.
Keep in mind that we are a full-service moving company, and we are happy to do absolutely everything for you, from packing you up, moving your belongings, and then unpacking you at your destination. Since we charge by the hour you can really pick and choose which services best fit your needs.
How to Prepare for Your Move
One of the best ways to prepare for your move is to make sure you are packed properly. Ensure you don’t leave things loose; these are very hard to secure in the truck and therefore it takes longer for your crew to find a safe spot for them.
While packing keep your boxes fully packed, don’t over-pack or under pack your boxes. Both ways can lead to damage of your items when other things are loaded on top of them.
Try leaving your linens unpacked for a bit as they will make perfect fillers to complete a box that’s not quite full but you aren’t sure what else to top it off with. If you do this, absolutely label your boxes well with all its contents so you remember where that one living room pillow went. Here’s the link to our packing tips for more detailed suggestions.
If you have beds or tables that need disassembly your movers will be more than happy to help you with that part, but of course the more you do, the less time it will take your crew and therefore the the less you will end up paying. So, if you can take apart these items yourself it will cut down your total cost.
Put all the hardware for your bed in the same Ziploc bag and tape that bag to one of the pieces of the the bed, so you don’t lose any of the hardware. Do the same with each bed, table or any piece that needs disassembly.
Move Smarter – Not Harder
Move as much as you can into your garage or an entry room so the walk to the truck is as short as possible. It doesn’t seem like much, but by staging your furniture like that will cut down on an extra few steps for every piece, and that adds up.
Take care not to clutter the walkway though because we will still need to get to each room. In regards to the walkway, during inclement weather ensure the clearest safest path possible. Shovel or salt when necessary.
The time leading up to your move is a great time to start downsizing. Clear away the clutter and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a while or don’t need anymore.
We often see people moving their old things from one house to the next always intending on getting rid of it, but they never do. Make the time to sell or donate these items, there’s no reason to pay someone to haul it around. You’ll appreciate having it gone and freeing up that extra space.
Label Your Items
So far, these tips will help your professional moving crew at the load up. The best thing you can do to help prepare for your unload is label all your items for each room they go into. You can use a color-coded system with colored tape or stickers, or you can just use the corresponding words.
A piece of tape labelled “Kitchen” etc, will go a long way. Your moving crew will only have to touch that piece of furniture once to get it to the right place and there will be no need to ask you for every item coming off the truck.
Use our tips as you see fit, and of course feel free to call us with any questions!
See you on… Moving Day!