While you might think moving is as easy as packing a few boxes and loading a truck, there’s much more to it than that. Here are a few things you need to know before moving from point A to point B.
Not all movers are the same. It should come as no surprise but not all moving companies are created equal. Before you sign a contract and let strangers into your home, read reviews and ask for a complete list of company policies. Ask questions about employee background checks, insurance, licensing, and how long they’ve been in business. If you aren’t sure where to start, HireAHelper offers free online access to pricing and reviews, so you can determine which companies you can trust…and which are a bust. (Read more on moving company scams in this post by Moving.com)
Your movers know what they are doing. You hired a moving company for its expertise and abilities. And while you might have your reservations, their trained movers are more than qualified to pack and stack grandma’s fine china. You are obligated, however, to inform your moving company representative ahead of time of any family heirlooms their staff may come into contact with. Moving professionals understand the subtle nuances of navigating large furniture in small spaces and know the best way to pack a truck to minimize cargo shifting. Your movers have been training and tested in both long and short-distance moves and will take every precaution to ensure your belongings arrive intact and on time.
Label everything. Yes, everything. Executing a move is a lot like playing Tetris. It requires finesse and the ability to fit oddly-shaped objects into a single space without over-filling. You can help your movers level up by labeling each box with its contents and the room in which it belongs. Labels also help your movers know if breakables are inside, so these boxes don’t wind up on the bottom of the stack. Shattered glass is a loss for everyone. Apartment Therapy suggests giving each box a number and color-code so they can be easily grouped at drop off.
Your dog doesn’t need to be around. Moving day is hectic and having animals around only creates turmoil for the movers and adds stress to your pet. If possible, plan for Titan and Tank to spend the day elsewhere. If that isn’t an option, inform the moving company on your initial call. They may have policies in place specifically for clients with pets in tow. Introduce your dog to the actual movers as soon as they show up. Allowing the movers to offer a treat may ease tensions a bit. Find a room where your dog can stay while furniture and boxes are being loaded into the truck. This will eliminate the possibility of accidental escape through an open door. If your dog seems extra anxious about the situation, take him for a walk. Pet MD notes that exercise can relieve stress in your bewildered pooch.
Heavy items do not need to be crammed in large boxes. Books and other deceptively heavy items should be kept in small boxes to avoid the possibility of busted seams and strained muscles. You movers can refuse to pick up any package they deem a safety hazard. According to The Moving Blog, anything over 50 pounds should be packed professionally to avoid issues.
Don’t assume your movers want you to keep drawers full. Some movers prefer that clothing remain in drawers and will secure these drawers for transport. Others require empty armoires and deserted dressers. Always ask your moving company about their policies ahead of moving day.
Finally, let your movers do their job, but stay close in case they have any questions or need clarification. You’ve made a smart move by outsourcing the heavy lifting and you can spend your time focusing on other matters, like keeping your dog calm and tying up any loose ends that need attention.
By: Cindy Aldridge