Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. What usually begins as excitement about a new home or city can end in frustration and emotional breakdown.
Fortunately, many of today’s moving companies can handle the entire moving process for you – from planning and packing to delivering and setting up. Just make sure you review their policies, procedures, and credentials before you sign on the dotted line.
Here are six tips for selecting a dependable moving company that will do all of your “heavy lifting” for you:
- Be sure to choose a mover that doesn’t sub-contract the job. If a moving company hires sub-contractors, they lose control over much of the moving process, and quality can suffer. When reviewing moving companies, be sure to ask if they have full-time staff, and if this full-time staff will be the ones who show up to assist you with your move.
- Only choose a mover who offers an on-site estimate. When hiring a mover to handle your belongings, you should never accept an estimate before the mover has been on-site. Nor, for that matter, should they provide one. In order to provide you with an accurate estimate, movers need to visit your current home and review the amount, size, and type of belongings that need to be transported.
- Verify that the mover is bonded and insured. Without these credentials, your moving company can’t be held responsible if something should happen to your personal belongings. In addition, they aren’t liable for injuries that happen to their workers or, worse, your family or property. Ask for proof of your mover’s bond and insurance before hiring them.
- Get a comprehensive estimate. Paying more than the estimated cost is a surefire way to increase your stress, and that’s exactly what you’re trying to avoid. Before you commit to a mover, find out if there are extra fees for special services, supplies, or labor that goes beyond the scope of the contract. These “little” extras can add up fast. Ideally, everything should be included in the original estimate.
- Ask for references. All good movers will be able to offer several references. Speaking to past customers can be a great way to get a feel for the professionalism of a potential mover. You can also check out the Better Business Bureau and the American Moving and Storage Association for insights on any mover you’re researching.
- Choose a mover with uniformed and trained employees. When a mover goes the extra mile to provide employees that are fully trained and arrive in uniforms, they show a greater level of professionalism. This kind of attention to detail demonstrates their concern about your home, your safety, and getting the job done correctly.
Now that you know what to look for in a moving company, you can begin researching the movers in your area. It may take some extra time to find the right one for you, but without the burden of doing the move yourself, it’s a safe bet that your investment will be well worth it.
Spring is a time of new beginnings with longer days and warmer weather, a good time of the year to plan a move. Typically, most people have no choice as to when they move, but rather real estate, family and work schedules all play a role in determining the timeliness of a move. However, for those of you who are fortunate enough to make the transition of moving as stress-free as possible; consider a move in spring!
Three good reasons to move in spring:
- Good weather – the weather can greatly impact the success of your move. In springtime, the weather is milder across the country which will make your move much easier and stress-free. You and your movers can move your personal belongings in a safe and more comfortable environment without the added worry of dangerous weather conditions.
- Spring Break – with the kids still in school, an ideal time to plan a move is spring break if you want to enlist help from everyone in the family. On the other hand, if the kids are preoccupied in school, this allows you the freedom to organize, pack and get ready for the move. Either way, both are good options.
- Availability of moving companies – the availability of moving companies is likely to be better in the spring versus the summer. Since summer is considered the most traditional time to move with the kids out of school and summer vacations, moving companies will be busier. Getting a head start and booking your move early will help ensure a successful move.
Remember to schedule your move at least 3 to 6 months in advance so you can get your preferred date and time with your professional mover. This will allow your mover to reserve the day and number of trucks you will need, along with scheduling the on-site visit to your home to make an inventory of your personal belongings.
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Scheduling your moving during the winter months is a good time because it will be more economical and not as busy, although it is not without some risks to be aware of during this time of year. Since most people typically do not schedule their move around the colder months due to the bad weather and the busy holiday season, rates for moving can actually be cheaper. So scheduling your move between the months of December through March, you will experience better rates and a more flexible schedule with your professional movers since they are not as busy during these months. This will allow you to pick the exact date and time frame for your move that will work into your schedule and busy lifestyle. So moving in winter can have its advantages, although there can be some weather related risks you should be prepared for.
Three good tips for moving in winter:
- Back-up plan for inclement weather – having a backup plan with your professional movers is wise just in case a storm blows in and threatens your move. Checking into their policies during inclement weather conditions and what options are available to you, just in case you are forced to reschedule your move. Typically, if you are unable to move out than no one can move in and things are at a standstill till the weather clears out. Checking with your professional movers and their policies will be the safest route to make certain you are covered either way.
- Plan your travel route & service your car – if you are driving to your new destination, mapping out the safest travel route along major highways, will be the safest route to travel, should a storm hit while you are on the road. Pack your vehicle with emergency items such as blankets, ice scrapers, windshield fluid, shovels etc. Getting your car serviced and all weather tires installed is a good idea.
- Your professional movers are here to help – BB&D Moving & Storage offers a fleet of safe and reliable moving trucks that can safely move your household items to your new destination. Also offering storage facilities should you experience any inclement weather conditions and need storage facilities to safely store your items.
Moving during the winter months has its advantages and being prepared with a back-up plan and some preparation will help make your move successful. For moving tips or to schedule a move visit our website: http://bbdmoving.com/
If you are a first time home buyer you may be surprised to learn how much work is involved, not only in moving and purchasing the home, but setting it up as well. It may be hard to visualize how to set up a new home if you are not in it yet, so it is best to make a list of essentials to plan ahead of time. Homemaking is an involved process and there will be many essentials that you will need right away. After your professional movers have taken care of moving your belongings safely into your new home, there are some essentials you will need:
- Budget your expenses – After settlement of your home and setting up utilities, it will be time think about home essentials. You may not want to wait till the last minute after you move in. First time homebuyers are usually stretched to the limit with expenses so you don’t want to purchase items on a credit card. It’s smart to plan ahead for the expenses and purchasing the essentials beforehand so you will have them on hand when you arrive.
- Odds & ends inside – While taking care of the more important items like food and furniture for your new home, it is easy to forget about the smaller items such as window coverings, curtains and blinds for the windows. You will need shower mats, shower curtains and waste baskets for the bathrooms. The other essentials include area rugs for your tile or wood floors and floor protectors that stick under furniture legs to protect floors from damage. Also a good idea to have hardware on hand to hang pictures and frames in your home. Another service your professional mover provides is to hang and mount your flat screen TV.
- Odd & ends outside – setting up house is likely to involve purchasing a few outdoor essentials such as lawn care items, snow removal items and basic garden tools such as rakes, trimmers, rubber hoses. Also, some basic tools for minor repair jobs inside and outside the house such as screwdrivers, hammers, nails, wrenches, a power drill, flashlights, etc.
Hopefully by purchasing these essential items ahead of time, you will now be prepared once you move in and won’t have to worry about last minute expenses. For more tips on moving please visit our website: http://bbdmoving.com/