If you hire a moving company to move you into your new home then you have more than likely experienced the pangs of attempting a self-move in the past and have come to the realization that it is worth spending extra money to not have to deal with any of these issues. Consider yourself one of the lucky ones, and while renting a moving truck and doing the move yourself can be made to be enjoyable, having someone handle all of this for you while you relax is really the best way to move.
This is not to say that if you hire a moving company there will not be at least some work needed on your part, but overall your moving process will be entirely different than that of individuals who use a moving pod or rent a moving truck. You won’t have to physically move furniture to your new home, nor will you have to pack up and unload a truck, which for most people is the least enjoyable part of a move.
So if you have decided to hire a moving company to handle your move and are not entirely sure how to streamline this entire process, then please continue to read on as we have some helpful suggestions for how to make your entire experience a successful one.
What Services Should You Get If You Hire a Moving Company
Before we can get into the process of how to deal with a move involving a moving company we first need to address the types of services that many moving companies offer and how these will affect your overall move. For instance many moving companies offer a service where they will disassemble and then assemble your furniture, which means that you won’t have to put your beds together, put the legs back on your dining room table, or put your shelves back together once you get to your new home. This service obviously costs more, the actual price will depend on how much furniture you have and the particular moving company you are using, but for those individuals who have the money to spend and do not want to be bothered with having to disassemble and then assemble 20 different pieces of furniture, this service can be worth its weight in gold.
Another amenity that is offered by some moving companies is a packing service. Many people do not choose to utilize this service because they don’t want another person going through all of their belongings and they also don’t trust that their items won’t get lost in the shuffle, but what this service offers is essentially the moving company will pack up all of your belongings into boxes so that you don’t have to. Most of the time they will not unpack them, although you can get certain moving companies to do this. So if you opt for this service the only thing that you will have to do for your move is to unpack and set up your new home.
Storage is another service that is offered by many moving companies, although it should be noted that this oftentimes costs more than simply renting a storage unit. However, if you rent a storage unit on your own you will be responsible for moving the items in and out, which sort of defeats the purpose of hiring a moving company. The reasons why you would need to get storage services if you hire a moving company is if your new home is not ready before the time when you need to move out of your current residence. This happens sometimes in a move, where the dates don’t line up perfectly and so having this option if you hire a moving company is always a good thing.
Which of these services will best suit your needs is really up to you and your budget. If you have extra money to spend and it isn’t going to affect your life then we highly suggest that you use the furniture assembly service offered by your moving company. Doing so will change the entire move for you, as you won’t have to move anything heavy nor will you have to put anything together. The only thing that you will be responsible for is packing up your belongings in boxes and then unpacking them in your new home.
The Moving Process If You Hire a Moving Company
If you only hire a moving company to handle your move and not for other services like assembling furniture and packing boxes then your moving process should look something like the following.
In the days and weeks leading up to your move you should begin to pack up your house and get everything ready for the big day. You should start by packing up items and rooms that are not used that often so that you don’t panic one day when you realize you need an important item but it is packed away already. When you are packing up your home you should do this methodically by going room to room and marking each of the boxes with information about what is inside and what room the box came from. This will help out tremendously during the move in process, as you won’t have to guess what is in each box, nor will you misplace anything. We go into greater detail on this subject in our tips for packing boxes if you feel you need more information.
On the day of the move work with the movers but at the same time try to stay out of their way. Often times we can make a move a lot more stressful and difficult because we attempt to interject ourselves into aspects that are best left for professionals. Ask the movers what help, if any they need, and be sure to answer any and all questions they have. If you find that you are incredibly stressed out and this is starting to bleed over into your interactions with the movers, take a step back and just let them do their thing.
When you get to your new home it is best to have a plan in place for how you’d like everything unloaded. Be sure to have the movers place the furniture in the correct room, even if they are not going to assemble it, and have them put all of your boxes in a central location so that you can easily organize these items.
Once the movers are done bringing everything in, begin by setting up the furniture and positioning it where you would like it to go. Depending on how much furniture you have this could take a few hours. Once this is done you can then begin unpacking all of your boxes and putting your belongings away. Have a plan for this as well, for instance, maybe put away your clothing first as this the easiest thing to do, or if you want to tackle the biggest challenges first, unpack the kitchen and start to designate what drawers are going to hold what. It is important to remember, especially if you have a lot of stuff to unpack, that it doesn’t need to be done in one day. If you are moving during the weekend get it in your mind that you will take the whole weekend to finish unpacking, so therefore you don’t feel rushed or like you have to finish everything before you go to bed.