If you are moving house for the first time you may find yourself panicking at some point of the move due to numerous tasks that need to be completed throughout the process.
In order to help you stay organized, we’ve put together some helpful guidelines for all those who have no idea where to start when it comes to preparing for the upcoming household move. Remember that planning in advance is the key to a successful moving experience, so try to stick to our suggestions in order to keep moving mistakes at bay.
People seem to have similar concerns and questions when facing an imminent household move and here are some of the most common ones:
Should I hire a moving company or move on my own?
Moving on your own makes sense if you are relocating small apartment locally. Moving short-distance ensures possibilities that would never be available in case of long-distance moves. Since your new home is just a couple of blocks away from you current residence, you can visit it several times and prepare everything for the moving day. On the other hand, long-distance and interstate moves are much more complicated and dealing with them on your own would be a real challenge. In fact, this is where professional movers come in – thanks to them, you may experience the whole new dimension of a household move when you realize that it doesn’t have to be stressful and complicated at all. Just choose wisely the company you will entrust your precious household belongings and you will have them transported in no time.
Can I afford to hire a moving company?
When planning a household move, the first thing that crosses your mind is how much it is going to cost you to hire professional movers. Contrary to popular belief, hiring a moving company can save you money in the long run, so do not hesitate to contact several of them as soon as you decide to move and request moving estimates. Depending on your moving budget, you may (or may not) arrange for different services like packing, heavy lifting, storage and save both time and money.
What is the most convenient time to move house?
If a special set of circumstances is forcing you to move house as soon as possible, then obviously you don’t have much of a choice. On the other hand, if you have the luxury to choose the moving date, you should know that there are several factors to consider when setting a moving date. Let your unique personal requirements and priorities decide for you – so, if you want to cut moving costs, winter is a perfect time to move (if you disregard some potential drawbacks like the unpredictability of the winter season and potential safety issues and delays). In the moving industry the peak season refers to the summertime, especially the period between April and September. During the busiest period of the year you may find yourself struggling to hire some of the top-rated movers at a convenient price. If you have decided on a season, you should also pick the best time of the month to move house. Apparently, moving around the middle of a month leaves open the possibility of finding reputable movers and getting a good deal.
Should I tip my movers?
Generally, tips are based on job performance, so the bottom line is that positive attitude and high quality service should be rewarded. Other than tipping them once the move is over, you should keep your movers fresh and energized during the move and show your appreciation for their effort. Provide some refreshments, water, snacks and food suitable to the weather conditions. Also, make sure to tip each member of the team individually with the amount that you believe is fair. IMAGE 1:
How to stay away from rogue movers?
While researching moving companies online you are likely to run into some horror moving stories and experiences that may seem pretty discouraging. With the wrong moving company, an already stressful move can easily turn into a nightmare, so you are strongly advised to take precautions so as to avoid getting scammed by a moving company. There are some common places you should be aware of when it comes to recognizing fraudulent moving companies:
- lack of moving license
- extremely low moving estimates
- large cash deposits requested in advance
- bad online reviews and rates
- incomplete website which doesn’t offer any valid information
- movers are not registered with BBB
- they don’t provide an on-site estimate
- they use plain moving trucks without the logo of the company
- eventually, if you refuse to pay extra fees, they hold your goods hostage.
– How should I handle oddly-shaped and heavy objects?
Certain household items require special attention and extra care when packed and transported to the new location. Professional NYC packers and movers will handle your delicate items with the utmost care and make sure they are transported safely and efficiently. Items like large flat-screen tv, king-size bed, kitchen appliances need an extra pair of hands while being loaded and unloaded from the truck. On the other hand, large and cumbersome items like pianos are better left to professionals, due to safety issues.
Will my children accept the idea of moving house?
Depending on their age, your children may react to the news of moving in so many different ways. While parents tend to focus on practical problems, children are at first preoccupied with all negative aspects of the move, since it will cause a lot of stress and disruption in their lives. Breaking the news well in advance will ensure enough time for them to get used to the idea of moving. Also, if they are involved in planning and organizing they may even get excited about the move at some point.
Do I need a storage unit?
While you are hoping that your new home will accommodate all your household possessions from the previous one, the truth is that you don’t want your new house cluttered now that you are ready for a fresh start.
Who should I notify about my move?
When moving house, it’s important to notify all relevant parties about your new address:
- friends and family
- post office
- insurance company
- utility companies
- third-party service providers