Local moving service is not what it used to be in today’s world. The COVID-19 pandemic, a hot and cool real estate market, and peak moving season all added to the chaos and complexity.
This blog will share some of our best moving tips, even in today’s hectic world.
Let’s get started.
These seven tips will help you stay sane and organized whether you’re moving across the country or around the corner.
Be Prepared For Delays.
Everyone has heard that the world is understaffed and that supply chain shortages affect everyone.
Given these considerations, moving is a little more difficult than it used to be.
Your items may take longer to arrive (especially if you are moving long-distance), so you should always have a Plan B.
Carry any necessary items, and select the best local moving company to communicate openly and help you understand what to expect.
Ensure That You Are Ready For The Movers When They Arrive.
Streamline your move by planning ahead of time for “moving day.” If you’re moving long distances, starting planning at least a week ahead of time is best. By the time the movers arrive, you should have packed and labeled all of your boxes (if you’re packing anything yourself) and moved any necessary, high-value, or delicate items to a secure location.
We recommend packing a “first-night” box with you for local moves so you have toiletries, medications, and a change of clothing nearby. When moving long distances, keep items with you that you’ll need, even if the truck is delayed. Work clothes, passports, and other valuables
Determine Where You Can Save Money.
Consider moving some small items yourself if you want to keep your local moving service budget in check. Items that are more difficult to pack, such as lamps, mirrors, wall art, plants, and televisions, may travel well in a personal vehicle and result in significant savings. Money is time, and time is money, and you’ll have to pay your movers regardless of what they’re transporting. With this in mind, load up your car and save some money!
Determine Which Items You Will Relocate.
One of the keys to success in today’s world is planning for your new space when moving. The new space will most likely not be the same configuration, and your current layout may change significantly due to the new rooms’ different shapes. Try to visualize in your head and on paper how you will place the furniture, whether there will be enough room for walking around the furniture, and have a backup plan in case the room does not come together as planned.
You will aid budgeting by obtaining an estimate from your local moving and storage company (either in person or via phone and email). This allows you and the moving company to understand better what is being moved and how much time you should allow for the move. The more information you provide, the closer they can come to estimating time and charges.
Remember that if they do this over the phone, they do not see tight doorways, longer walks, or steep driveways, all of which can add to service time. To avoid confusion, ask if any additional fees have not yet been mentioned and how the charges are calculated.
Consider renting storage space if you have items you don’t want to move to your new home but aren’t ready to part with. This will keep your belongings safe and secure until you require them again. Your movers may have storage options available, so ask them while you’re on the phone if this is something you’ll require.
Create A Plan For Your Children And Pets.
We adore our children and pets, but they can make moving days more difficult.
Make other arrangements for pets and young children to keep them and your movers safe and the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Pets, for example, can be boarded for a few days on either side of your move, and kids can have a playdate at grandma’s house or with neighbor kids.
Making plans for children and pets keeps them safe and reduces stress for everyone in the house.
Plan Ahead Of Time
Local moving services are in high demand, and the peak moving season is from spring to summer. The summer months account for roughly 60% of all moves. To make matters worse, movers face the same labor shortages as everyone else.
With this in mind, make sure you’ve planned ahead of time for your move. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll have difficulty finding movers or getting your preferred moving date.
We recommend giving yourself at least 6-8 weeks, if not more, to plan your move. That said, don’t be afraid to contact us as soon as you have a date in mind, especially if you need local service. Most businesses should try to assist you or refer you to a suitable alternative.
Make sure to do your homework before hiring a moving company. Examine the moving company’s reviews, ensure that they have license and insurance in your state, and go over their services list to ensure that they provide the moving services.
While comparing moving companies can be time-consuming, a little forethought on the front end can save a lot of trouble on the back end. Furthermore, it establishes the groundwork for a long-term relationship with a mover, which will be useful if you find yourself moving again.
Please get in touch with us if you have an interest in working with our team or have questions about our services or offerings. We love hearing from potential customers and will take the time to answer all of your questions!
Moving In Today’s World: We Can Assist
The last few years have been chaotic between the pandemic and everything else. If you plan to relocate this year, you might feel anxious. You are not, thankfully, alone.
Our local moving services team at International Van Lines will work with you to plan as much of your move as possible ahead of time. Our full range of moving services, from storage and packing to transportation, will help you get from point A to point B quickly and easily without tearing your hair out.
Do you have an interest in learning more about our team and services or how we can assist you? Please contact us right away.