Moving… It’s something no one likes to think about, let alone do.
Whether you’re leaving home for the first time or a life-long renter, moving is never fun… and it never seems to get any easier. First, there’s going through the house and taking inventory of what we need and don’t need – if you’re like me, then the need pile always seems to get bigger. Then there’s the packing and loading, and inevitable house cleaning that follows – and let’s not forget having to schedule a move or organize truck pick-up…
As professional movers, we’ve seen the stress that moving can cause on people. In an effort to save people some of the aggravation associated with moving, we’ve put together this list of 10 life-hacks to make your next move easier.
Create a Schedule or Timeline
Make it as strict or loose as you like, but having a written plan in place really really helps to cut down on the amount of stuff to keep track of.
Get Your Supplies Together
A week or two before your move, start getting together the packing supplies you will need. Make sure you have enough boxes, tape, plastic wrap, moving blankets, etc. before your moving day.
Take Pictures of Your Electronics
This will save you the headache of trying to remember how your stereo, cable box and television were all plugged-in.
Use Your Drawers as Moving Boxes
Instead of emptying all the clothes out of your drawer or bureau and putting them in a box, you can save time and space by keeping everything in them and wrapping them completely in plastic wrap.
Keep Your Packing Organized
Don’t start throwing things from your bedroom into boxes for the living room. You’ll go insane unpacking after the move trying to find where you put everything. It may help to label, or list the contents of your box
Put Screws and Bolts in Bags
If you need to dismantle anything, make sure to keep screws and bolts organized in clearly labeled bags so you don’t lose them.
Use Soft Padding Around the House for Packing
Instead of buying bubble wrap or saving up newspaper, you can use soft items around the house for packing, like towels, jackets, blankets and pillows.
Use Paper Towel Rolls to Prevent Tangling
You can string electronics cords and wires through paper towel rolls to keep them from tangling during moving. Toilet paper rolls can also be used for necklaces and jewelry to prevent tangling.
Update Utilities and Addresses
Switch over your internet and turn on utilities for your residence before moving. Make sure any mail subscriptions or online accounts are updated with your new address.
Pack a 1st Day Box
Pack a dedicated box of items you will need immediately after moving: clothes for the week, toiletries, quick meals.
An easier move.
While moving is never totally stress-free, these tips will definitely make your next move a lot easier. Don’t forget, professional movers are here to help. We take the utmost care in moving our clients, whether it’s a residential or commercial move. Let us handle the stress, contact us before your next move.
Are you a licensed, bonded, and insured moving company? When looking for movers, this question is the most essential. If you hire a moving company that is not licensed nor insured, you run many risks such as: them not showing up (which happens all the time), breaking items, theft, etc. Before moving, do your homework. Research the movers. Call around and investigate.
Is there a number I can call to reach a moving coordinator at any point throughout the moving process to address any question or concern?
This is always good to have. You want to have a point of contact in case your movers are running late, you want to make a change, or if you just have a question. You will feel more at ease knowing you have someone you can contact directly for anything related to your move.
How long have you been active in the moving business?
How long a moving company has been in business is a direct reflection of their expertise. This question will be more relevant depending on the size and complexity of your move. Other questions that can help you hire the right movers. 2 College Brothers is going on 5+ strong years in the business.
Will you come out to my property to look at my items for a moving quote?
When moving locally or long distance, this is probably one of the most important questions to ask. About 80% of miscommunication between movers and clients would have to be on the conditions of the move. If your mover says they can’t make it out to you, or simply want to give you a moving quote over the phone, this should raise an eyebrow. 2 College Brothers will come out to your property free of charge and perform a complimentary in-house estimate to avoid any confusion down the road.
Do you ask for a deposit? If so, how much? There is nothing wrong with a moving company asking for a deposit to reserve the date and time. Busy moving companies have a lot of moves and movers all over the place. The moving company wants to make sure you are serious in your decision and putting your move into the schedule. The thing to look out for is if the moving company asks you for a large deposit. 50% is a large deposit. At that point you may need to step back and research a little more. A fair deposit for your move can be anywhere in the ballpark of 5% to 15% of your moving job. So if your move costs $400, anywhere between $20-$60 is a fair deposit.
What happens if something were to break during the move?
This is a question many movers don’t like to hear or will avoid. But when hiring a moving company, make sure to have this answer beforehand. Hopefully nothing will go wrong, but at the end of the day movers are just people and accidents do happen. Ask your movers about their insurance policy, and if it’s possible to purchase extra insurance.
What happens if the movers arrive late, or simply don’t arrive to the move? Make sure you have a time frame for when to expect your movers to arrive at the site. If your movers don’t arrive at all, you should ask to speak to the moving company’s upper level management. If you’re being toyed with over the phone, call the county and report a complaint. Of course, this shouldn’t happen if your mover is licensed and insured.
How do you charge? Hourly or flat-rate? Are there extra fees or surcharges? It’s always good to know exactly what your mover will charge you. If it’s a flat-rate, make sure its binding agreement, meaning it cannot go over the calculated moving quote. If given an hourly moving quote, make sure the moving estimate is the final one, and that it will not be altered for any reason. Ask your moving company if they charge extra for stairs, longer hallways, fuel, travel time, etc. Other questions to ask: Do you provide moving pads or blankets, shrink wrap, and other protective materials to accomplish the move?
You provide me with a written document stating all prices, details, inclusions, and exclusions? This is highly important for a consumer. You want to make sure that everything about the move is stated on black and white: moving quote, date and time, fees, materials, amount of movers, etc. Require your moving company to provide you with a written estimate with all the details of your move.
What can I do, as a client, to make this move as smooth as possible? A moving company’s favorite question. There are many simple yet effective and time efficient things you can do to make it a smooth and affordable move. For example, rather than having clothes scattered all over the place, have your stuff ready to go in plastic bags or wardrobe boxes. This will reduce the labor time and in some cases reduce your final cost. Disassemble items if that’s what is necessary to move them through narrow doors or hallways. The biggest thing is to have everything packed and ready to go so that when the movers arrive they can quickly load the moving truck and be on their merry way.
Before making any costly choices with an inexperienced moving company make sure to give our moving company a shout!
Here’s an example: Let’s say the Smith family is moving in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Smith calls several moving companies and finds that the average estimate for a one-bedroom move is $250. Realizing that’s more than he wanted to dish out to a moving company, he decides they’ll make the move happen on their own. Mr. Smith thinks to himself, “All I need is a truck and some dudes. Maybe I’ll hire a few guys standing outside of Home Depot.”
OK, sure, no problem…
“I’ll buy them lunch and throw them a few extra bucks.”
Comparing Costs and Benefits
The Smith family needs to rent a truck; let’s assume the daily rate is $40. WRONG. Don’t forget the mileage rate, mandatory insurance, and refilling the gas. So now we’re looking at $75 at least. Next, unless you’re superman, the Smiths will need to rent a hand truck and dolly to move boxes and furniture around as well as some extras like furniture pads and cling wrap to make sure nothing gets damaged. Another $45 or so in materials. The Smiths are now ready to get moving. Their cost is already between 50%-70% of the initial quoted price for the move, but now they’ll have to worry that the “movers” won’t damage, brake, scratch, or drop your belongings. They have zero experience maneuvering around stairs, narrow hallways, elevators, etc.