Moving day is coming up quickly and you need to be sure that you’re doing the best that you can in order to stay ahead of the process. You want to be certain that you have a way forward and that you can put together a plan that is going to make the process as simple as possible.
That all being said, before you start looking for state to state movers or packing professionals, you need to be sure that you’ve got all of your ducks in a row. Here’s our quick guide for sorting out what you need to look for and consider before hiring movers and/or packers.
How Much Is Your Budget?
The best place for you to start from is your budget. You want to be sure that you take some time and see just how much money that you’re going to have available when it comes time for you to execute your entire move.
Your budget can include any number of things. For example, if you’re moving for a job, is your business paying for a certain percentage or dollar amount for the move? Maybe you have some money set aside for this purpose? Or maybe you don’t have a lot of money because you needed to put a down payment on a home, or a security payment on some sort of rental?
Put together the numbers and see what you’ve got at the end of that. It’ll help you to eliminate some options right from the beginning of your search, which can save you a bit of time and effort.
Where Are You Moving To and From?
Have you bought your home and/or gotten your rental together? If so, then that information can be a really big help for you as you start to figure out movers and packers. Having a starting point and a destination makes it a lot easier for them to figure out schedules and costs, which can help you to stay within budget.
Do You Have Time or Date Constraints?
Time and date constraints can be an issue, so you may need to look at some alternative options. For example, if you’re someone that is going to be stuck working until the day before you move, then hiring packers to come help you out may not be a bad idea.
Another consideration is that certain dates during the month and year are going to cost you more than others. Are you trying to move during the busy seasons of summer, December, and/or January? Expect to pay more.
On top of that, if you can avoid moving on a Friday through Monday, you want to do that as well! You’re going to get the best prices if you end up with your moving date on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. If you can be flexible with your moving date, you’re more likely to save cash and sanity during the scheduling and moving processes.
How Much Do You Actually Need to Pack?
Knowing how much needs to be packed can be a helpful part when you’re trying to determine whether or not you’re going to want to hire packers. If you have a 2 or 3 bedroom home, you’re going to have a lot more boxes than if you’re just trying to pack up your studio apartment.
If you’ve got a lot to pack, then packers may be a really helpful thing to look at. If you’re looking at just a few boxes that need to be loaded up and ready to go, then you will find that it’s probably simpler to just do it yourself. Knowing your load can be super helpful when you want to determine whether or not packers are necessary.
How Good of a Reputation Do Your Options Have?
Now that you’ve figured all of those things out, it’s time for you to really look at the companies that you believe are going to be able to help you with your move. In many cases, you’ll be able to learn a lot about their reputation just by going online and searching for them.
You want to find a company that is professional and that is going to be able to give you good service without making you spend way too much money on that service. They should be nice and flexible. That way, you can feel confident that your items will get to you and that they will be well taken care of during the trip there.
You want to do a deep dive into their reputations if you can. You’ll typically get the most information from the “middle of the road” reviews – 3’s and 4’s. 5’s and 1’s are typically a little too passionate about how they feel about a company and their service, and that level of bias can be problematic during comparisons.
As you explore reviews, look for reviews that have more than just one or two sentences. Make sure that they use capitalization and punctuation mostly accurately, and that they aren’t just using capital letters in order to type everything up. Those are more likely to be real people (not bots) and accurate responses and feelings about what a company has to offer.
Comparing Costs from Estimates and Quotes
Lastly, you’re going to want to start contacting companies and making sure that you can learn about how much they cost and what sort of estimate system that you’re working with. Knowing what is out there and how you want to do things is going to go a very long way for you.
Most of the time, you can get a quote online from several companies, and that is going to give you a ballpark estimate of what you can expect to pay. When you compare those (and compare their reputations), you’ll be able to further reduce the number of companies that you want to talk to.
At that point, you’ll want to get into contact with several of those companies and do whatever you can in order to ensure that you can get an in-person quote as soon as possible.
The moving companies in question will come to your home and take a good look at everything that is in your home and that you plan on moving. They’ll take inventory and then do their best to put together the information that they need in order to make a determination.
Some companies have the tools they need to give you a quote right then and there; others may need to go back to their place of business and work out the details so that they can give you an accurate quote. Either way, you should have a quote within 24 to 72 hours (unless there’s a holiday or weekend in there).
Then, you’ll want to take those quotes and look at them together. Do some of the companies have services that you can’t get from others? Are some of them much more (or even much less) expensive than others? Are the contracts binding or non-binding?
Asking yourself these questions when comparing prices can go a very long way, and it’s a lot easier to work out what companies will be best for your particular needs. It does take time, but if you do all of this before you hire a company, you’ll be a lot more likely to be happy with the choice that you make in the long run.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I hire packers?
Hiring packers can take a load off of your body and your mind. If you don’t have a lot of time to pack, you don’t have anyone to help you pack, and/or you have a disability that could make packing difficult for you, you want to look at hiring packers as an option. They’re relatively affordable, especially if you use the same company that you’re hiring movers from.
Can I move by myself?
If you have a big family and/or the resources to ensure that your move goes as it should, then moving everything by yourself is definitely an option. You want to be sure that you inventory what you have and figure out if you have space to move it yourself, or if you need to rent a vehicle to make it all happen.
How long does a move take?
Moves can take anywhere from an afternoon (for a small apartment or small home’s local move) to a week or so (if you’re moving across the country). Your moving company should be able to give you a pretty good idea of what you’re looking at in terms of a timeline for your move to be completed.
Finding the Best Pros for Your Move
Look at the options you have and see what you’re able to do for your efforts. When all is said and done, you will be able to hire great pros and know that you’re doing what is best in relation to your needs. Good luck with planning and executing your move!