Which Professional Moving Services to Consider for Your Move
Would you be surprised to hear that moving is considered to be one of the top three most stressful life events? Sure, it is exciting to think about that new house or new city, but then the reality of all the things you have to do to make the transition starts to sink in. For some people it can be overwhelming. This is especially true today, when personal time is in such short supply.
Work and family take up nearly all of your waking hours. When will you have time to do all of the packing, rent a truck or find people to help you load and unload a truck? Maybe you will have to deal with unexpected problems, like furniture that is too heavy to move, rented trucks that break down or even worse, injuries from trying to do the job yourself.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to hire a professional to handle these moving services for you? Even if you are on a tight budget, getting advice from a professional moving consultant is well worth your time. This individual can meet with you in your home to discuss which moving services will meet your needs and still stay within your budget. They can tailor the move specifically for you and can provide options that will help keep the cost of the move in line.
For example, packing is an area where you can save a considerable amount of money, providing you have the time and energy to tackle the job yourself. That being said, you should seriously consider having the moving company pack your china, crystal and other breakables. No mover is responsible for damage done to the contents of owner-packed cartons unless there is visible evidence that the carton has been dropped or crushed. This only makes sense, since the mover does not have any control over how well or how poorly the customer packs. Fragile items are the most vulnerable, so if you can only afford a minimal amount of packing then this is the area to leave to the professionals.
Your moving consultant can provide you with professional packing tips for those items that you decide to pack yourself, and can arrange to sell you quality packing supplies at a reasonable cost. However, you will quickly learn what hard work packing is, so be realistic about whether or not you can accomplish this monumental task on your own. If the answer is ‘yes’, then start early!
Speaking of your time…the last thing you will want to do when you arrive at your new home is iron or send all of the clothing that you have hanging in your closets to the dry cleaners. Stuffing clothes into boxes (or worse yet, plastic bags) is a sure-fire recipe for a wrinkled mess at destination. If you are moving locally, most movers will offer to rent wardrobe boxes to you. Clothing and draperies can be hung inside these heavy duty cartons made specifically for this purpose. Or, if you are moving long distance, they can sell these cartons to you, if you want to do your own packing. The cartons can be kept after the move to store out of season clothing in your basement or storage locker.
Loading a truck is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, especially for long distance moves. Trying to do this yourself is likely to be difficult and extremely frustrating. Furniture, cartons and other items must be positioned properly so that the load does not shift during transport in order to eliminate the possibility of damage. Furniture should be wrapped in clean moving pads and fastened so that the pads remain in place. Light coloured upholstered furniture should be shrink-wrapped in plastic before being wrapped in moving pads. Professional movers know which items should be disassembled or require special handling. All of these steps take time and a level of expertise that the average consumer does not possess. If you are moving locally and are looking for other ways to save money, you can consider having the mover just take your furniture pieces and other items that are too large for you to move with a personal vehicle or a small U-Haul type trailer. Trying to do this on a long distance move would probably be more trouble than it is worth.
As you can see, there are a wide range of moving services available, which can extend to a total full-service move that includes all of the packing and unpacking; arranging for disconnection and reconnection of appliances and settle-in valet type services. A professional moving company can arrange for virtually anything you need done.