Best moving tips from the field you never thought would make your move this easy!
Moving is often believed to be an uneasy thing and the internet abounds with tips to facilitate a move. However, these articles tend to review the repeating facts with little practical significance.
That's why we decided to create these guidelines with tips from the field based on practical experience to help your moving run smoother and a little easier.
1) Hire a moving company or move by own forces?
Conducting a move on your own may involve many issues. You are likely to bear significant gas expenses to start with as you'll have to make multiple round-trips, not mentioning chances of getting into a busy traffic. In addition, you may have hard time moving large items unless you have a van. Handling everything on your own can cost you a lot of hair pulling on the whole.
In case money is a priority and you have some friends or members of your family that can give you a hand, go ahead and hire a van. But keep in mind you may hit some troubles afterward such as back pain at the least or even some of your household appliances unexpectedly go out of order because you'll actually have to do all the loading job yourself.
You can develop back pain because of the wrong technique of weight lifting and take to bed for the next few days. Doesn't sound good, does it? As for professional movers they are specifically trained to do this kind of job and hand-carry mountains of loads on a daily basis.
Some appliances do require special handling e.g. a fridge should be carried vertically as a horizontal position can result in breakage of the compressor, its tubes may fall off and the compressor oil will leak out. If you fail to stick to this rule you might have to fork over a new fridge.
Providing you still intend to do it on your own make sure you drill down at least minimum shipping standards for certain items or better off consult the moving company itself.
When you sign a contract with a moving company note that it must state such points as final amount of your move, downtime charge caused on your part if any, whether you'll have move specialists in place or not, insurance and compensation for any damage to your goods.
What is more, your contract may be of two types: binding and non-binding. A binding contract means you are not paying more than the price in the estimate whereas in a non-binding one the mover can charge you extra fees if there are any aggravating factors such as staircase, any large goods. In the latter case learn if any additional charges may apply to your move.
Ask your moving company in writing if they are going to subcontract your move to some other company. In this case your stuff might get split among a few trucks which means your goods are likely to arrive separately and at different times.
If you are not familiar with standard practices in the delivery industry you might assume the moving truck with your stuff is going to drive up to your new place the very same day or the day after you did packing.
That's how it works, right? Not really.
When you deal with movers they give you a delivery spread 1 to 7 days or even more depending on the moving distance, time of year, amount of your goods.
2) Packing materials and a smart way to apply them.
Supermarkets, wine and furniture stores often have clean boxes of perfect size. That's a good alternative to paid moving kits from moving companies.
You'll also need labels, pens, tapes and a nice roomy space to place all of your stuff and handle the expedition process.
Instead of buying tons of bubble wrap make use of your old clothes as padding. Not only does it save your budget but you also tackle a problem of packing clothes. So it's two birds with one stone.
Do you have some spare socks? It's a good idea to wrap each piece of your glassware in a sock as they'll remain sound if they clink against one another.
Don't you stuff the boxes to the hilt! The weight of a box shouldn't exceed 66 lbs. but you better keep it at 44 lbs. It doesn't only regard to the convenience of loading but as well as to safety of the content.
Take your time to carefully mark and label each box with your contacts and specifics of what inside. Use printed stickers for big and small boxes to save your operation time.