How to Minimize Stress Before, During and After the Move

Ready for your big move and for a new beginning, but slightly overwhelmed with the process? What could possibly happen, right? Wrong.

The truth is, anything can happen because that’s just life! So, to ensure your move runs as smoothly as possible, here are 7 proactive steps that can help you have a smooth and sound moving experience.

1. Start! Getting started is often the biggest challenge we face, and we’re often overwhelmed with the amount of work to get done. Just start and once you are in motion, take a tour of the location you’re leaving and make a list of every item you need to address – from packing supplies, to items you may want to sell or donate, to finding a donor. Just make sure you setup a timeline for yourself so that you’re not left addressing items at the last minute that could be attended to in advance.

2. Packing and Preparation. Pack your items with care. This may sound obvious, but don’t take it for granted that your property will magically arrive in tact. You’d be amazed at how rushed packing can cause you to simply throw a random set of dishes in a box without use of bubble wrap, paper packaging or any protective coverage like cartons or cardboard boxes. Put yourself in control and pack diligently.

3. Check your new location’s moving stipulations – if you’re renting a unit, be it for business or as your new home, get advance approval from building management for everything you and your movers will need access to on moving day in order to avoid unnecessary costs, frustrations and wait times for movers to proceed with work. If you’re paying your mover by the hour, every minute adds up.

4. Prepare your destination location and ensure you have cleaning supplies and tools easily accessible to you. If you setup your new space in advance so that it’s clean and clear of any obstacles, moving them into their designated location is faster and easier.

5. Measure your new destination’s doorways and rooms – this is crucial to ensure you have zero surprises when moving large items through doorways into your new location. This way, you can disassemble furniture as needed or decide which items really have a place in your new location. Finding cumbersome items a new home by donating or selling them may benefit you and could save you a lot of unpleasant surprises.

6. Moving window and wait times – if it’s a long distance moves, arrival times are estimated and usually you’re quoted a window time with a range of dates for your items’ arrival. Make sure you have everything you need to get through the days you’re waiting for your goods to arrive to their destination. If you’ll need storage space for layover times between locations, verify pricing with your mover and find the best option for you, sometimes movers have their own storage units. Make sure to do this in advance, as last minute request can also mean inflated pricing due to supply and demand.

7. Get insured and pick a policy that meets your needs. Whether you’re switching moving trucks half way, or a friend is picking up part of the move in one state, or the entire move will be maintained by one company, insurance is crucial. Occasionally, long distance movers pile a few different customers’ items together. And in the occasion of an accident on the roads, you can never be too careful. Point blank, insurance is your friend.

Friend Recommended a Mover? Informed Decision-Making Made Easy

Friendship is earned with time and experience. We want the best for our friends, and moving costs and processes are no exception. The sound recommendation of a friend for a great service provider is worth much more than any advertising pitch.

Why?

If your friend’s recommended you a certain mover, they’ve likely had a positive experience with them and feel it’s worthwhile to give them more business. No friend will go out of their way to suggest a service that isn’t worthy of compensation.

Friends have often seen us through hard times, and they may have even been the cause of our struggles at times. But, if you’re still talking and have gotten past trying times, you’re continuing to build trust with each other. That kind of trust cannot be attained instantaneously between a potential client and service provider. Therefore, a recommendation from a trustworthy friend is invaluable.

Insider tips. The trade secrets friends can offer are invaluable. “Make sure he brings the best bubble wrap”, or “ask him to bring the same movers I had; they went out of their way to attend to…” The insider tips of a friend can help you improve the moving experience and navigate it like a pro.

Cost – yes, we said it. All movers offer a moving service, but additional products, services and insurance can add up. Friends who’ve worked with a certain mover and know his quoting system, can offer practical solutions that will maximize your budget with the mover they recommend.

How to Avoid Last Minute “Unforeseen” Moving Costs and Stress

Moving can be a costly process and one that keeps us on the edge of our seats just waiting for the next expense to pop up.

How can you stay within budget and avoid unforeseen expenses from popping up? Here are some tips to help keep you on track and at ease.

1. Communication – set expectations and cover all bases with your mover. There’s absolutely no shame in being thorough and being aware of exactly what’s included with your mover’s fees.

2. Action item lists. Create a comprehensive list of tasks, and use it as your guide. Writing things out gives you a concrete and visual breakdown of moving logistics that require various steps and attention to detail that you may otherwise miss. You’d be amazed how many little details we realized we’ve overlooked and many of them cost money.

3. Fuel – always ask your mover if it’s included in the cost, request a price quote and ask how the quoted price is determined.

4. Pack everything to the last item – if your movers will be busy packing rather than loading items into a truck, be prepared to pay their service and time invested. Some movers have packing services they offer for an additional price.

5. Purge and throw out the junk – moving is a great opportunity to clear your house of clutter. Get rid of useless items that fill boxes and incur additional expenses.

6. Get your new home prepared in advance. Any last minute cleaning, organizing or furniture moving can keep movers waiting, wasting their time and your money.

7. Pace yourself – make sure you have your time planned well so that making items accessible to movers is easy. Always let them know if you need storage time between moving locations, or if there are multiple locations for item pick-up to move items to their final destination.

8. Elevator or accessibility –these are human beings moving your belongings and any additional physical inconvenience or labor involved can mean additional costs. If you’re moving from a building without an elevator or difficult access to your apartment, be it your new home or previous, make sure you notify your movers and if needed and available, order an elevator in advance. In addition, it’s recommended you ask your mover if there’s an extra cost for stairs or elevator.

9. Cover your bases – if you’re giving your mover a quote on the number of boxes, give him a minimum and max number so you can ensure to stay within a range and avoid an astronomically unexpected surcharge. Also, if you’re giving movers a total weight per box, make sure you don’t overload boxes or you’ll be overloading your credit card expenses. Never be embarrassed to ask your mover to break down the services that are included with the quote he’s provided.

10. Got a friend who knows a great mover? Great! Over 80% of paid services and purchases in the U.S. come from word of mouth recommendations, and a great friend is a trustworthy and reliable source for recommendations.

Moving on Your Own? Think Again. Here’s Why…

If you’re ambitious and industrious, that’s always good, especially if you’re about to move across the country.

But if you think a hearty breakfast and an organized approach to moving is all you need to get from point A to point B without any moving hurdles, think again. Some tasks are better left for the pros to deal with, and moving is no exception. Why?

Movers are movers – it’s their job. Regardless of how close you may be to family or friends, life happens. A paid professional has incentive to deliver your things from your your old house to your new home in perfect conditions and to provide their service well. It’s not only the money; their business name, reputation and future income are at stake and their priority.

Preserve your energy for what matters and only you can take care of. The physical act of moving is only one aspect of the scope of work that’s involved in the process, and it’s better to let the movers take care of it. There are plenty of other tasks and responsibilities that can only be addressed by us, the tenant or property owner.

Save time. Hiring a mover can eliminate concerns about productivity and time management that our personal and professional lives demand. Moving your things from point A to point B is no field trip, and roadblocks, flat tires, traffic jams, accidents and long hours on the road – could take double the time when it isn’t what you do for a living. Spend your time preparing your new home, and leave it to the professionals.

Save money. Hotels, fuel, extra help, packing supplies, vehicle insurance and rentals add up to quite a lot of money. Professional movers can offer packages at better value and can usually recommend reliable insurance providers. Some movers even include insurance in their price. Make sure to check that when choosing a mover.

Bottom line – moving is not a DIY matter. Better leave it to the pros.

6 Useful Tips to Minimize Moving Expenses and Maximize Cost Value

Moving can often be a massive transition stage in our lives, but also one that can create positive change and refreshing, new beginnings.

With all of the errands, packing, organizing and planning also come moving expenses. To help you make the most of your moving cost, we’ve compiled 6 useful tips that can help you get maximal value for your moving expenses.

1. Go with a mover and not a broker. Terms and conditions are set directly with the mover, and price discrepancies that can arise unexpectedly as a result of getting a price quote from a broker, (rather than the mover), are diminished and potentially eliminated.

2. Get a quote based on cubic feet measurements of your items rather than weight. A box of books and a box of scarves will vary in weight, but if their dimensions are identical, you’ll get better value with moving cost based on size measurements, particularly if you’re moving heavy items and furniture.

3. Discuss logistics with your movers and other relevant parties, such as parking arrangements and accessibility to the location you’re moving to. Proactive planning and organization can help you avoid additional service charges, such as extra fees charged by mover for manually moving heavy or cumbersome items without an elevator.

4. Evaluate your needs, look into different insurance policies that suit your requirements, and verify what is included in the packages that seem suitable. Your valuables can be worth much more than just money, so ensure you pick an insurance policy that can help you avoid loss and replacement costs.

5. Pack your items well using bubble wrap, clothes, blankets and/or towels to protect fragile items. Inquire with your mover in advance about packing supplies and costs. Remember: the process and cost of replacing valuables can be a significantly heavier burden than the time and cost of packing efficiently.

6. Move smaller items on your own to decrease professional moving time and costs.