By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
You've probably had people tell you weird stories about professional movers
, and after doing your research, they all end up being an exaggeration. These misunderstandings and false accounts can cause you to make wrong decisions and even complicate the moving process. Even worse, they can compromise your relationship with your moving company
, further making your experience a nightmare.
Moving is no doubt a stressful event, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble by arming yourself with the truth. Here we debunk some common myths about hiring professional movers.
All moving companies are all the same
Most people tend to think that all moving companies are the same, while, on the contrary, they vary in so many respects. Factors such as experience level, pricing, the safety of belongings, and reliability and reputation set these companies apart, which means your keenness in picking one matters a great deal.
Be sure to evaluate your moving company beforehand, lest you find yourself hiring movers who only relocate locally while you are moving across the country.
Expect items to go missing or get damaged
While accidents can happen during any moving process, professional movers have the experience of packing and unpacking items to minimize damage. With many years in the moving business, you can expect them to handle your goods with the utmost care to ensure they arrive safely and in the same condition. For instance, they know how to use sliders and padding to prevent any form of damage to your furniture.
If loss or damage of items is a concern, enquire about your coverage options with the moving company as well as home insurance.
You don't need to organize and label boxes
Labeling items when moving can make work easier for you and the movers as well. You should label boxes depending on where they are intended to be, such as kitchen items or bedding, when packing to ensure that you won't have trouble locating items once you arrive at your new home.
Organization and labeling also help protect delicate items, so you don't stack a set of encyclopedias on top of your fragile stemware. A color-coding system (where you designate a color for every category) is an easy way to label the boxes when moving.
It's cheaper to move yourself
People hold the notion that moving without the help of professional movers can save you a few dollars. However, if you take your time and the equipment & materials needed into consideration, you can end up spending even more than you would by hiring a professional mover.
On the other hand, professional movers cater for all these expenses, and on top of that, they bring along extra hands to pack and unpack to ensure the moving process is fast and seamless. Now, do your mathematics and see how much you stand to benefit by working with a professional.
Weekends are the best time to move
Fridays and weekends are thought to be the best time to move because you have all the time to unpack and organize your new home. However, everybody else is thinking exactly like you, and since all movers will be busy, you may have to compromise on what time slot you book, and you could pay a premium for the services.
To avoid paying more than you should, book your professional movers for an off-peak time, preferably on a weekday morning or afternoon. While here, remember that it helps to book your moving company far in advance to avoid booked calendars.
Learning the truth about moving is the only way to avoid making mistakes that could cost you in the long term. Hopefully, these tips will come in handy the next time you plan to move!
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