With the cold of winter almost behind you and the heat of summer yet to arrive, spring is the ideal time to move.

Spring is also less hectic for moving companies than the summer; this means more resources are available to you and the move prices are normally lower. If you are planning a spring move, here are 5 tips for success:

1. Move Only What You Want and Need

If you are like most people when you listed your home, you moved items into your garage or another storage area to be sorted later. Now that your home has sold, go through the items to determine which belongings you want to move. Remember, the less you move, the lower your moving cost will be.

2. Items You Do Not Plan to Move

As you go thrpough your home, consider selling, donating, recycling, or disposing of items that you no longer need or want. Depending on your possessions, you can post the items online, contact a second-hand furniture store or have a garage sale.

3. Who do You Contact for a Moving Quote?

Moving is hard work; consider hiring a professional moving company to do the job for you. A professional mover has trained personnel and the proper equipment to move your household possessions safely.

When choosing a moving company do not let price be the only deciding factor. Remember, everything you own will be going on the moving truck so take the time to research movers in your area. Get recommendations from friends and family and visit the Canadian Association of Movers website at www.mover.net to find qualified movers in your area. Check out the mover’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating to ensure they are registered, have a good rating, and have resolved any issues.

Check the mover’s addresses and stay away from companies that do not have a physical location. These types of companies are known as “rogue” movers who resell your move to third parties or take your money and run. A professional mover will have trucks, a warehouse, an office, and trained personnel.

4.  Compare Moving Quotes

This is especially important if you are moving long-distance where the charges are based on the weight of your shipment. With a local move, they are charged by the hour. To get precise quotes for comparison:

  • Have each company send a sales representative to your home to view what needs to be moved
  • Be suspicious of quotes that are much lower than other quotes in terms of weight, number of hours or total charges – this could be a rogue mover
  • Insist on an itemized estimate detailing all charges, including taxes
  • Ask for a confirmation letter with all details, including scheduling and any special requirements that were agreed to

Following the spring moving tips outlined will go a long way towards making your move a successful one. For more details and a free moving quote, contact Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877- 671-6683.