Let’s face it. Your hired help are professionals who are more experienced than you are. The safety of your belongings is of paramount concern to them. Your personal belongings are insured. This will provide you peace of mind. These professionals use heavy-duty wrap for all furniture and plastic covers to avoid damage and to seal your stuff from dirt and dust.
Straight forward estimates:
Ideally, there are no hidden costs when you hire professional movers. Their charges are estimates of the distance or weight based on local or long distance move, or the kind of service or storage you opt for. If it is a local move, the distance cost will be relatively lower. The sales professional will discuss moving and service cost prior to when the moving begins.
Use of the right equipment:
A do-it-yourself approach is fine. Unfortunately, a borrowed truck from a buddy does not come with the right equipment to move your stuff safely – another reason you’d want to hire professional help. They come with the right gadgets that make moving simpler.
Your professional mover will use hoisting straps, two wheel, four wheel or appliance dollies, ramps and custom built trucks with air ride cushions to transport your belongings in a safe and secure manner. So whether it is moving an L-shaped couch out of your door or dismantling your furniture, your hired band of help will figure it all out for you.
Packing: Leave it to the professional:
Packing alone accounts for approximately one quarter of your moving expense. Yes, that’s a significant number. Let’s do a quick cost benefit analysis: if you pack your stuff yourself, you may actually end up spending more.
First, you will probably use more cartons or boxes than required. Second, your fragile belongings may get damaged due to insufficient packing, so you end up incurring heavy costs. On the other hand, professional movers are trained to pack efficiently and do it quicker. What could take you weeks may take them only a few days.
You never want to rush through a move. Being organized is AWESOME!!
Here are 3 tips to help you stay on track with your schedule.
Make a List
Make a timeline months in advance, planning out what needs to be accomplished and when. The first month can include activities like contacting your cable company or changing your forwarding address. Treat it like a checklist and mark things off as you do them to ensure you stay on track and nothing is missed.
Pack the Unnecessary
To get a jumpstart on the packing process well before your cross country movers arrive, first start boxing up anything that you won’t need before the move. This can be done a month in advance so that when it comes time to pack the essentials, you have less work to do.
Clean Out Storage Spaces
While your rooms may look bare, there might still be a bunch of belongings in your cubbies, closets and attic space. Early on in the moving process, scope out these areas of your home and identify anything that can be thrown out, then start boxing up everything that will be brought with you.
Lists and checklists are your best friend when relocating to a new home or city. Whether you rely on moving apps to help you get everything done, or if you’re a tried-and-true notepaper sort of person, make sure you follow this handy guideline for ensuring you successfully change your address (and/or cancel services) with the organizations and people you rely on every day.
A. Utility Providers
___ Cell Phone
B. Household Services
___ Yard/Garden Maintenance
___ Handyman Services
___ Pool Cleaning
___ Water Delivery
___ Food Delivery
C. Local Business Providers
___ Family Doctor
D. Family Services
___ Child’s School
___ Tutor/Private Teachers
___ Sports Teams/Coaches
E. Financial Accounts
___ Loan Providers
___ Credit Card Companies (including individual department stores)
___ Health Insurance
___ Auto Insurance
___ House Insurance
___ Life Insurance
___ Pension Plan/Retirement
F. Government Offices
___ Social Security
___ Unemployment Office
___ Car/Boat/RV Registration
___ Driver’s License
___ Book Clubs
___ Music Clubs
___ Monthly Deliveries
___ Alma Mater
___ Professional Organizations/Clubs
It’s always a good idea to register your change of address with the U.S. Postal Service, as well. A forwarding address form will help make sure all mail is directed to your new address. (Remember, though, that this service doesn’t last forever, so you will need to eventually change your address at each individual provider.)
One great tip for ensuring that you don’t forget anyone is to start a list about two months before your move. Take note of every piece of mail that comes in and who you’ll need to contact to update your information. You can also make an announcement on Facebook (assuming your profile is private) to your family and friends so that everyone can be sure to find you in your new home.
At Florida Moving Systems, Inc. in Brevard County, FL (An Award Winning North American Van Lines Agent) we like to be prepared. We know Summer is fast approaching, which means it will soon be peak moving season. Summer moves tend to work well for a number of reasons, including good weather and easier transitions for kids. Summer also has the advantage of providing a little extra time to prepare your home and all your belongings.
As you gear up for your move this June, July, or August, we suggest you start organizing your belongings and getting ready now.
1. Take Your Spring Cleaning Seriously: We all tend to use the spring months as a season of renewal, tossing out old clothes, throwing open the windows, and otherwise clearing the way for the year ahead. When you spring clean this year, do it with your future move in mind. Throw away anything you don’t anticipate needing in your new location, and earmark bigger items for donation. Any way you can streamline your belongings now will help later on. Here is a link to our Spring Cleaning Checklist: https://www.flmove.com/spring-cleaning-checklist/
2. Pare Down Your Needs: Unless you’ll be holding a party any time soon, you probably don’t need ten wine glasses. You can also get away with fewer pairs of shoes and just a few favorite books for the next few months. Pack up and ship (or store) items you can do without. You might end up having to clean dishes or laundry more often, but you’ll be glad to have those non-essentials already packed up and ready to go in advance.
3. Plan a Garage Sale: The garage sale season starts in earnest around June, but you can have one in April or May with great results. Hold a garage sale to get rid of those items you hate to throw away, but don’t plan on taking with you once you finally move.Here is a link to help you Prepare for your Garage Sale: https://www.flmove.com/garage-sales/
4. Go Digital: It’s becoming more common to skip owning DVDs, CDs, books, and photo albums in favor of digital content. Now is a good time to scan or transfer files into easily portable digital content—allowing you to box up or discard the originals.
5. Comparison Shop for Movers: We’d like to think you’ve already chosen us as your moving company, but we know how important it is for you to get the best quote for your family. Use the advance months to compare moving companies, being sure to take into account things like cost, available insurance, timelines, and customer service. Here is a link with information on things to ask your potential moving company: https://www.flmove.com/questions-to-ask-before-choosing-your-professional-mover/
6. Stalk Your Mailbox: Now is a good time to start paying attention to who sends you regular mail. Magazines, charities, junk mail, bills…all the companies doing the sending will need to be notified of your upcoming move. Keep a running list of all the mail you get (and contact information for each company) so you can notify them once you’re out the door.
7. Plan an Epic Menu: It’s rarely a good idea to move food from one home to another. Not only is the potential for spilling and breakage high, but it’s rarely cost-effective. It’s ideal to start using up your canned goods and frozen foods in the months leading up to the big day. Take an inventory of your pantry and plan out a menu that will use up every last item. Donate any uneaten and unopened food to your local food bank.
Except for the obvious distance issues, moving to a new state isn’t all that different from moving to the other side of town. You won’t be able to pop back in to your old place to grab that forgotten toaster, but it’s not like you’re going to be speaking a new language or learning about a foreign culture.
Probably the biggest issue you’ll face is just getting your bearings — you know, figuring out where all the places you need to go are. For example, you will have to find your way to new schools, stores and doctors’ offices. Before the move, it’s probably a good idea to make a list of these important places and then figure out where they are. With so many online mapping services at your fingertips, this can be super easy.
How to adjust to moving out of state:
Do research on your new place of residence. Visit your new state’s government website, which will provide you with information about business, education, leisure and lifestyle that pertain to that area. Some local counties and cities also have their own websites that provide information that is specific to that particular region.
Learn more about your new surroundings by becoming familiar with local markets, libraries, parks, malls and other places that you might wish to frequent. If you will be utilizing public transportation, get a bus route and map to help you learn your way around quickly. If you have access to a car, take some time to explore your new state, beginning with your neighborhood and surrounding community.
Join a social club. If you are a parent, retiree, recent graduate or even a student, there might be local groups and clubs exclusively geared toward you. There are also social groups that interact via the Internet but also meet up in person for activities. You might find some of these activities posted in a grocery store window, at the gym or even at a local church. Joining a walking group will not only introduce you to new people but is also great exercise and can also help you to learn your way around.
Begin to fill your new place of residence with the same comforts from your former home. Adjusting to new surroundings might be a bit awkward at first so it is ideal to start by making your living space as comfortable as possible. Making your home, apartment, dorm or other humble abode a place of joy and peace will give you a sense of comfort during the initial phase of your relocation. Display photos of family and friends and decorate your space with some familiar favorites. Add pleasant-smelling candles and fragrances to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere.
Find a church home. Having a church family to support you and even help you find resources while you are adjusting is a plus. Most churches also have other ministry activities that you can become involved in. This is a good way to make new friends, find new activities to keep you occupied and ultimately help you make a full transition. Some of your fellow church members might be longtime residents of the area, which makes them a great resource for any information about your new state.
Just as you always find miscellaneous items sitting around when you’re sure you’ve finished packing, there’s always extra moving wisdom to impart. And every little bit of advice helps when you’re in the midst of a stressful life change, right? Here’s one last list of tidbits you might not think of on your own:
Make a handy binder of important moving-related papers such as receipts, agreements and contracts.
Get your rugs professionally cleaned before you move — they’ll be all wrapped up and ready to go.
Photograph or videotape anything particularly valuable before you pack it.
Don’t label every single box you pack “fragile.”
Don’t label anything valuable on the outside of a box.
Always have extra boxes hanging around on moving day for those pesky odds and ends.
Leave out a small toolbox and first aid kit for moving day.
Have plenty of bottled water on hand and buy food and drinks for your movers or your moving help.