There is no denying that moving is stressful. There is a lot to think about before the big day arrives. So every once in a while I like to remind customers of some things they can do to make their move go as smoothly as possible. Our number one goal is to make this as stress-free as possible.
Picking A Mover
Once you’ve found your new residence, you’ll probably be heading over to Google to search for a mover. There is more to consider than just the pricing when completing this task. You will want to find the mover best suited for your job. Here are some things you may want to ask as you make your calls.
1. Check and see if the company is licensed and insured. You may even want to see how their insurance works as every company has different policies.
2. Be sure to find out when their clock starts. Many companies prorate to and from the office. If you are located far from the office, you may end up paying for a lot of additional time you aren’t even using. Other companies do not start the time until they arrive at your location and end it when they finish unloading at the new location. You’ll want to make sure to find this out so that you are not caught off guard on the day of the move.
3. Make sure to find out if there are any hidden fees such as gratuity and fuel. Almost all companies will make sure to cover the fuel used. They may do this by adding a service fee, prorating to and from the office, or having a high hourly rate. This will usually be explained to you when you call. However, if you did not hear mention of it, be sure to ask about it. Otherwise, you could end up with a fee at the end of the bill that you were not aware of. It’s best to know this cost upfront so you can better prepare your finances for the move.
4. Some moves require large trucks, while others do not need something so big. You will definitely want to ask what size truck will be coming for your move. If you have a large move, but a small truck arrives, you will then be taking extra trips to complete the move and therefore the cost will be more expensive in the end.
5. To protect your items, movers use equipment such as moving pads. Find out if this is included in the prices you were given and make sure they will be arriving with the materials needed to safely move your things.
Things To Consider Before Your Movers Arrive:
Now that you have your movers picked out, you may be wondering what you should do next. There are actually a few things you may want to do so you can speed the move up and therefore reduce the cost.
1. If you are moving in the winter, you will want to make sure their walking path is clear of snow and ice. Not doing so could cause your move to take much longer as well as risk the safety of the men on your move. Furthermore, your items could be in jeopardy if they slip and fall.
2. Make sure your boxes are closed and taped up correctly. Loading the truck is like a puzzle and you want everything to stack as well as possible. If they can not stack your boxes, they will not be able to load the truck correctly. This could cause additional trips to happen and cost you more money.
3. The less they have to walk, the quicker the time will go. Be sure they can park as close as possible to the doorways of the home.
4. Most movers will disassemble and reassemble items that need it such as beds. But this can also add significant time on the clock. If you are looking to make the move go faster, you may want to do those things ahead of time. If not, just sit back and relax.
5. Many companies will not disconnect your water lines on things such as appliances. Rather than have them sitting there while you do it, get this done prior to the move.
The All Area Moving Team hopes this information is helpful as you get ready to make your move. We urge you to ask any questions you have so can have full peace of mind on the day of moving. Contact Us at anytime for a free quote!