Moving is one of the 41 major life stressors listed in the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. One reason for this is that moving can be expensive. On the one hand, you want to make sure that your belongings are professionally handled and cared for. On the other hand, you don’t want to break the bank in the process. As professional movers, we have seen it all and our experience has shown that there are 4 tips to save money on a move that every customer should do.
1. Make Sure Everything is Packed: One of the biggest challenges you face when you get ready for your move is packing. Not being fully packed when the movers arrive is also one of the biggest causes of a move taking more time and costing you more money. Items that are packed in bags, loose items, etc. do not pack well into the moving truck and take longer to carry than boxes. Not only does this mean more trips back and forth from the house to the truck for the movers (more trips=more time=more $$$), but it also increases the possibility of damage occurring as things shift in the truck during the drive to your new home. You can shave an hour or more off the time your move takes by making sure that everything is packed and ready to go when the movers arrive.
2. Staging and Preparing Each Room: When your movers arrive, they will come prepared with all the tools and supplies they need to complete your move. They will disconnect and disassemble everything necessary to move your furniture and appliances. If you’re on a budget and want to decrease the time your move will take, there are a few items that you can usually take care of yourself with no special skill required. Beds can be broken down and leaned against a bedroom wall, washers and dryers can be disconnected, mirrors can be removed from dressers, and legs can be removed from dining room tables. If you are able to do any of these things before the movers arrive, the total time spent on your move will be significantly reduced.
3. Clearly Label Each Box: One of the most time-consuming parts of a move can come at unloading. If boxes aren’t clearly marked or labeled, the movers will have to ask you where each one goes as they come out of the truck. If writing information on every box is just too daunting of a task, most home improvement stores and storage places sell easy to apply stickers you can put on your boxes to identify them. Use color-coded stickers to identify which boxes go in each room. An important thing to remember is that you don’t want to simply label the boxes according to what room they came out of, you want to label them according to what room they are going into when they are unloaded from the truck. Finally, make sure you label the boxes uniformly whether your write or use stickers. Be consistent with your labeling or stickers going on the same place(s) on each box.
4. Make Sure There Are Clear Pathways: The order in which your movers pack the truck varies a great deal from move to move. Some customers stage all the boxes near the front door, but it is very rare that boxes are the first thing loaded into the truck. This means the movers must spend time moving boxes twice. Once to clear a path so they can get to the items they are loading first and then a second time to load them in the truck. The best way to optimize your movers’ time is to leave boxes stacked neatly along the wall in the room where they were packed. Leave plenty of room for the movers to get to larger furniture items in case those items need to be loaded on the truck first.
At HomeStretch Moving, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality move at the lowest possible price. Whether you are using us, moving yourself or even using another moving company, you can always contact us with questions or for advice. We’re here to help and our advice is always free!