The day of a move to a new home, whether it’s across the street or across the country, can be an extremely stressful time for everyone. But, with a little planning and organizing you can minimize your stress and focus on your new adventure.
Moving day should be the start of a new adventure, not a headache.
Follow these moving help tips to make move day as worry-free as possible.
1. Lighten the Load
Before the move, liquidate extra “stuff” for an easier move. This will save money and time. Host a garage sale a few months ahead or donate to friends, family, or local charities.
2. Have a Schedule and Stick to It
Not only should you have a schedule before your moving day, but you should have a schedule for the day of the move. The schedule does not have to be down to the second, but it should be specific about who needs to do what and when.
3. Inventory Everything
The best way to inventory is through a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet saved to a thumb-drive or cloud-based system for easy access. Organize the list by rooms and what items go in which box. Numbering each box will help tremendously. Valuable items should have a column to specify its monetary value. Make sure the valuables are insured, if possible.
4. Service Your Vehicles
Even if you are shipping your car, it is a good idea to have it serviced beforehand. This includes an inspection, oil change, tire rotation, and anything else your mechanic suggests. If you are shipping, make sure your vehicle does not hold any valuables inside.
5. Records and Important Documents
Any important paperwork, such as your birth certificate, social security card, and other files, should go with you on the plane or car.
6. Have Important Things Loaded Last
You should load your bedroom and kitchen boxes/furniture in the moving truck last, so they are first to unload at your new home/apartment. Having these rooms unloaded first will help make the first few days of unpacking more comfortable with a dedicated kitchen and bedroom ready.
7. Hire a Professional Mover
If at all possible, consider hiring professional movers trained to safely and efficiently pack and transport your belongings. Most moving companies are bonded and/or insured for any eventuality. Leaving the work to professionals will help reduce the stress of what should be an exciting time.
How Do I Book an Appointment for Moving Help?
Are you ready to book your move? Simply schedule an appointment with us in one of three ways:
Most people avoid moving during the winter season. This is mostly because winter creates conditions that make the moving process more difficult; from frigid temperatures to the formation of snow and ice. Winter also slows down the housing market. Some people, however, understand that there are advantages to moving during the winter season.
Read below to learn about some of the advantages of moving during winter.
Since the winter season offers a less-active housing market, you have less competition when it comes to hiring moving companies. The movers working with you can dedicate more time and focus on your moving process than during other seasons. Plus, no one enjoys being out in the extreme cold, so there is incentive for all parties involved to run a more efficient moving process.
Winter slows down not just the housing market, but also most other activities. When it comes to your moving company, you can schedule your appointments with more freedom and flexibility than you would during peak summer season. In addition, if you have children, you can schedule your move during their winter break.
Neighborhoods during the winter are less hectic and quiet instead. This presents you with the opportunity of taking your time to settle into your home and learn more about the new neighborhood. You can spend your extra time indoors unpacking everything, decorating your home, and slowly getting to know the people and places of your new location. By the time spring comes around, you will emerge fully prepared to enjoy your new life.
Another perk of moving during the winter season involves the safety of your belongings and equipment. During a warmer time, some of your more delicate objects, such as paintings, records, or candles, might melt or get damaged due to the outdoor high temperatures amplifying inside of the metal moving truck. The winter lacks this disadvantage entirely, giving you some peace of mind when your movers transport your valuables from one place to another.
Each season has its own set of conditions that make moving either an ideal process or a massive inconvenience. The best season to move depends on your circumstances and desires.
No matter what season you choose, you can always trust Perrysburg Moving to provide a reliable and efficient moving process, no matter what the season.
How Do I Book an Appointment for a Winter Move?
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When you plan to move, one of the most important tasks you have is determining the movers you will choose. The right local moving company will ensure the process is as painless and quick as possible. However, choosing the wrong mover can make the experience more expensive and take longer than it should.
As you go through the process of choosing the local moving company that’s right for you, consider the following factors:
Distance of the Move
Before you start choosing your moving company, make sure you understand the kind of move you are making.
Some movers only service the local community or nearby towns. Other moving companies specialize in long-distance moves – anything over 100 miles from your former home. Long-distance moves can be divided further into interstate moving, which means moving within the state, and intrastate moving, which means moving across state lines or country borders.
Determine the type of move you are going to make and hire the company that will meet your needs.
Use resources such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association and the Better Business Bureau to check for a specific company’s record. Look up the company’s specific information, such as local address, insurance, as well as state and license numbers. Some companies change their business name constantly to avoid assessment by these organizations, so keep that in mind when searching for information.
Check for complaint registries and blacklists by searching the company name on sites like Rip-Off Report and Moving Scam. A membership to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) is a good sign of a reputable moving company.
Recommendations and References
When looking for a moving company, consult with your family, coworkers, and friends first about any moving companies they recommend. The people in your life are the most reliable references to trust.
If you cannot get any names from people you trust, use resources such as AMSA to look for reliable movers. When you speak with movers, ask for references to customers in your area. Call them and ask questions about their experiences.
Mind the Estimates
A crucial aspect when choosing a mover is knowing how estimates work – both non-binding and binding. A binding estimate means you have a fixed amount you will pay, even if the weight of your shipment is more than estimated. However, the movers may charge you for extra services and the contract has plenty of regulations. A non-binding estimate is based on weight and other factors the mover will determine, but it cannot exceed 10% of the original estimate. Either way, show your mover all your items and keep track of all your paperwork.
How Do I Book an Appointment for a Move?
Are you ready to book your move with us? Simply schedule an appointment with us in one of three ways: