Moving can be a stressful time, making sure you are mentally prepared as well as physically prepared is extremely important. Here are some tips we have gathered to help you properly plan for the upcoming moving process.
Give Yourself Time
The best advice we can give is to start your planning early. Of course, we know that’s not always an option. Whatever timeframe you have to work with, start looking for a mover as soon as possible.
Movers tend to fill their schedules, particularly during the busy seasons (late spring through early fall). If you want a chance to choose the date and time that suits you best, get in touch before someone else does.
Giving yourself ample time will also allow you to evaluate your options and select the best mover. You may make a snap decision and select a moving company without fully vetting them first if you’re short on time.
A great way to narrow down your options is to ask people you trust for recommendations. Chances are, your friends, family, or coworkers have moved in the last few months or years. They’re unlikely to lead you astray and will share their personal experiences – good and bad – to help you sort through your options.
Of course, you’ll want to do a little more research on the recommendations you receive, but it’s a great starting point. Insight from people you know will help you decide who to call and who to avoid.
Another key aspect of ensuring you choose a moving company that’s right for you is getting multiple quotes and comparing pricing. The rule of threes applies here, and three quotes will give you an adequate overview of the going rates in your area, so you know you’re paying a fair price. You’ll also be able to compare offerings and see who can give you the best combination of price, service, and services according to your needs.
Check License and Insurance
Trust us: you do not want to hire a mover that isn’t licensed and insured. A professional mover will do all they can to move your things safely and swiftly. Sometimes, though, things happen. If your mover isn’t insured, you may get caught with the bill for your own stuff.
More than that, you’ll have limited options if your mover isn’t licensed. Unfortunately, there are people in the world who try to take advantage of others. That includes fly-by-night moving companies looking to make a quick buck. Your mover will have all of your most precious things in their possession and will need to move them with care. Make sure you hire a legal and reputable team to help you on moving day.
Some moving companies are great; they’re just not great for you. That’s okay, of course. It’s best to figure that out before moving day arrives.
Before you hire a moving company, decide what services you would like to hire them for. Want someone to pack and unpack for you? A full-service moving company can handle that. Need someone skilled in moving special or oversized items, like a piano, pool table, or antique furniture? Hire a mover with the equipment and know-how necessary.
Follow Your Intuition
We can give you all of the practical support in the book, though nothing accounts for intuition. Even if your mover looks great on paper, your gut may tell you something is off. If that’s the case, listen to yourself. Your in
tuition can be a great guide.