Is a long-distance move in your future? Relocation to another area is a significant undertaking. How can you avoid costly moving mistakes and have the best experience possible? Check out the following tips to help you stay organized and keep your costs down as well.
Waiting to organize your relocation
If possible you should start exploring your moving options at least 2-3 months before moving day. Waiting until the last minute may leave you with no choice for reputable movers and you may end up paying more than you need to.
Choosing an extra-busy time to move
Peak moving times include summer months, holidays, weekends, and beginning and ends of the month. If you have any flexibility, check with moving companies at other times to get the best rates.
Thinking that a self-move is always cheaper than hiring a moving company
If you are thinking of moving yourself you should consider all the costs and efforts including hiring a truck, paying for the gas, hiring moving labor, buying boxes and other packing material, packing, loading/unloading the truck, etc. If you calculate each of these costs you may be surprised to find out that hiring a moving company to take care of everything can actually be less expensive than doing it yourself.
Not obtaining multiple quotes and visual estimates
It is always in your best interest to get multiple quotes and an in-home visual estimate when preparing for your relocation. The number of quotes can help you compare prices and services and the visual estimate will give you a more precise cost for your move. Make sure you understand everything the quote includes such as packing or, if needed, storage. Also, remember that the lowest quote is not always the best choice. Avoiding low-ball estimates is one possible way to avoid moving scams.
Not showing everything to the estimator during your visual estimate
When the moving company estimator arrives at your home make sure to show them everything you are moving. Go through each room in your home and draw their attention to easily breakable items. The movers also need to be aware of the best way to access your home, flights of stairs to climb, and extra services like crating and storage that might be needed. These are all price-forming factors. Many times moving companies can give you a fixed-rate price with a visual estimate so you won’t have any surprises on moving day.
Not packing carefully
Make sure to use strong boxes especially for heavier items. Don’t overfill the boxes as they may tear or break during handling. Mark the boxes with their content in order to avoid confusion after unloading. Many moving companies offer professional packing services – check with your estimator.
Signing moving documentation without careful consideration
You should definitely read what the movers give you and learn your moving rights. You should be aware of what you are signing. Never put your signature on blank paper.
These are just a few suggestions to help you be fully prepared for your next move. With our experience and resources, On the Move, Moving and Storage can partner with you to make your next move as pleasant as possible!
Beth Reynolds, owner
On the Move, Moving and Storage