Moving is a big job, and a lot of work, and whether you are too busy, too tired, physically unable, or just plain don’t want to, you actually don’t have to do it all yourself. Instead, you can hire a moving company to take care of your moving needs.
1. What type of move are you doing?
Categorically, there are three types of moves: domestic, international, and commercial. Domestic moves just mean moving within the same country. International moves are moves to another country, and commercial moves are when a company is changing locations.
Knowing which category your move falls under will allow the moving company to best assist you. They can help you fill out the correct forms, and make sure you don’t miss any important steps when making your move. It will help them help you get settled more quickly.
2. Who is packing?
It is possible to hire a moving company to do the packing for you, however if you prefer, you can do that packing yourself too.
You’ll have to pay for this extra service, however most people find that the packing process goes much quicker if you take advantage of this service.
Unlike the owners, the movers don’t have personal attachments to the items they are packing. People packing their own things tend to try and decide whether or not they should keep some things, or they get caught up in the nostalgia of old items. The packers will just get it done, and relieve the stress of trying to get everything done off of the shoulders of the people moving.
3. What won’t the moving company move?
There are some things that moving companies will not move for you, either for safety issues, or liability issues. These things can, and often do include dangerous chemicals, pets, paints, explosives, plants, and perishable food items. That’s not an exhaustive list, and every company is slightly different. It’s best to check with the company you choose so you know what they won’t be taking care of.
If you want these things, you’ll need to pack and move them yourself, so you’ll also want to decide whether it is actually worth moving them, or just replacing them later on.
4. When are you moving?
This seems like an obvious one, but dates sneak up. Make sure you are organized and are aware of how near the move date is. Also, make sure you have booked your moving company well in advance, especially if you want packing services and/or are moving internationally. Moving companies are busy, especially if you are moving during their peak season. If you wait too long to book your moving company, you could end up missing out on your first choice of mover, or not being able to find one who can move your items when you need them to.
5. How much will you owe?
Of course, every company is different, but moving companies will quote you for your move. Often, they will come and look at your house to be able to provide you an accurate quote on what it will cost to move your things.
If you provide the company with accurate information about your move and about your items, they will be able to provide you with an accurate quote, which will allow you to budget for your move.
One other small cost that is generally expected, however not absolutely mandatory, is a tip for your movers. Just like you would probably tip your waitress at a restaurant, you should set aside a bit of money to tip the movers, especially if they get all of your things moved safely and efficiently.