"Moving is stressful!" Whether you go with "Move It or Lose It", or with somebody else, I have put together a strategy guide to help with your move. These tips will not only help you organize your move, but it will also help your mover to pack your possessions safely and quickly.
An organized move will cut down on loading/unloading time, allow for easier access to your items, make LOADING/UNLOADING easier & SAFER, and cut down on added costs for your move.
1. Box your items. • Use same size boxes as much as possible. This allows for optimum loading and protects your items from damage. Make sure you use a magic marker to label contents and which room they are going into at your destination for easier unpacking. OR, (USE DIFFERENT COLORED STICKY LABELS FOR EACH ROOM).Use BOX tape to secure your boxes. (U-haul, MENARDS, or Lowes sell boxes in various sizes that when packed together fit together nicely.)
Plastic totes work great for storage but do not travel well when moving.
They are hard to stack, slide around, and can break apart.
Take shades off those lamps. Lamps are hard to pack in a loaded truck.
If you cherish that lamp, mIRROR, PICTURE, sensitive electronics, priceless heirlooms, bubble wrap it and box it! Pack any breakable items well.We are not responsible for poorly packed items, BY YOU, that get broken.(I'm not JUST going to toss your stuff into my trAILER AND I MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO PACK EFFICIANTLY AND SAFELY but it can get bumpy on the road).
Keep liquids and cleaners separate!Mark them well so we know what they are. Spillage can ruin your other items.**BETTER TO take them with you in your vehicle.
*Please, do not pack items in plastic bags! They are hard to carry and do not protect against damage.(*Packing clothes in bags is OK though.) *Please have everything packed and ready to go. Loose items are very difficult to load, require more trips to the trailer, AND CAN BE DAMAGED OR CAUSE DAMAGE IN TRANSIT.
Don't over pack those boxes, totes, or suitcases. One big box full of books OR OTHER HEAVY ITEMS can bring extra charges. Most movers charge extra for overweight items. If you can't lift it, we will PROBABLY have to use hand carts or extra help.
Keep boxes below 50 pounds (Typically 30 pounds).
Use smaller and more boxes for heavier items.
2. Disassemble beds, tables, exercise equipment ahead of time. • ALL movers charge extra for disassembling and reassembling furniture and equipment. Try to take apart bed frames, head/foot boards, dining table legs, exercise equipment and any other over sized items for easier removal from your home or apartment. (Keep screws, nuts and bolts, fasteners in a Ziploc bag)
Also, remove your clothes from dressers AND REMOVE MIRRORS! We have to carry those dressers up and down stairs. The lighter they are the quicker we can work.
(If you need help taking anything apart, be sure to tell your mover ahead of time).
*If I have to do it, and am not properly notified ahead of time, I will charge you extra FOR THE ADDED TIME.
3. Be upfront about everything you are moving! • Try to describe every piece of furniture you have. A DETAILED INVENTORY IS REQUIRED TO GIVE THE MOST ACCURATE QUOTE AND KEEP ADDED COSTS DOWN. Let us know if items are in the basement, upstairs, or in the garage or shed. iF YOUR MOVE IS ON 2ND, 3RD OR HIGHER FLOORS AND/OR iF THERE IS AN ELEVATOR.
**If you are getting a quote over the phone, it is just an estimate based on your information.
**IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN WHAT YOU HAVE DESCRIBED, OR IF ITEMS ARE ON MULTIPLE LEVELS THAT YOU DID NOT LET MOVER KNOW ABOUT, YOU WILL LIKELY BE CHARGED MORE.
*Movers have different methods of transportation and can schedule multiple jobs in one day.
(If you need an in home estimate, remember it costs us time and fuel to come see you, and probably will be reflected in your estimate. E-mail OR TEXT me pictures of each room if you can).
4. Start early and be ready to move when we show up. • If you’re not ready when we show up, you will likely be charged more. You may not be in a hurry to move, but we have a schedule to keep. Most likely we have multiple jobs scheduled and other customers relying on us to be on time. (You may be the third job of the day. do you want us to show up late or cancel?) Some movers overbook. Ask them if they have other jobs scheduled before yours and if they will be on time. 5. The cheapest quote is not always the best! Big and small movers alike have operating costs. *I.E. Insurance, Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance, Fuel, Labor, Advertising, etc.
Some small movers don't have Insurance to protect you or have well maintained equipment.*This is why they are the cheapest.
Who do you want handling your possessions?
I AM FULLY INSURED. I will always be on time. I will load/unload your possessions with great care. I will give you the best quote I can based on your information.
(If you want to do a move for a 12 pack of beer and a $20 Bill, call a friend!) Call Today For A Free Estimate! (319) 321-0921