Many people dread moving to a new house or apartment, especially if they have kids or pets. However, moving doesn't have to be a horrible chore when you have experts you can call. Professional movers can get all of your clothes, books, valuables, and appliances from point A to point B with minimal fuss and hassle. Here are the basic steps homeowners and renters should follow when contacting a moving company:
1. Get an estimate and put down a deposit.
You can avoid being surprised with sudden charges by contacting the moving company you plan to use in advance. Many moving companies are happy to provide an estimate for their moving services based on the number of boxes you plan to move and the distance required. Local moves are usually more inexpensive than long-distance moves, and the cost of moving services can vary from area to area. Once you've gotten an estimate, you can put down a deposit to lock in your moving date. This will ensure that your movers are available exactly when you need them.
2. Pack ahead of time unless packing services are included.
Some people choose to save money on moving services by packing their belongings themselves. If you choose to go this route, make sure you have plenty of boxes, packing tape, and marking pens available to make this process quick and efficient. Make sure to start packing ahead of time so you're not scrambling to put items in boxes once your movers arrive. If you're too busy packing for yourself or you're feeling stressed by your move, you can choose to have your moving company handle your packing for you. You should still do some preliminary work if you choose this option; going through your house and getting rid of trash and removing items you plan to sell or give away can ensure that nothing extraneous ends up with your packed belongings.
3. Specify if you have large instruments.
Movers can transport large and small items safely to their final destination. This includes delicate items, like musical instruments. However, fragile cargo requires additional considerations and equipment. That's why you should mention any pianos, string instruments, and other large instruments you own when contacting your moving company for an estimate. Your movers will utilize furniture pads and moving blankets to transport pianos and other instruments that are too large to be carried. You should also alert your movers if you live above the ground floor so that they can bring a stair ramp to safely transport large instruments down the stairs.