For anyone considering a long-distance move, the logistics of the move itself are just overwhelming--sorting through and packing up everything you own, figuring out who's doing your packing, scheduling trucks, selling your old house and buying a new one--these are just a few of the things that cause sleepless nights if you've got a For Sale sign in your yard. And once you do drop off to sleep, you're having nightmares about a sketchy moving crew loading your entire life into a ramshackle truck with dubious mud flaps-so staying awake is actually preferable to that scenario.
Relax. With the right moving company, you don't have to stress about the logistics--you'll have a move coordinator to guide you through the move, step by step, and be your point person throughout--from deciding how many boxes you'll need to ensuring the swing set is set up at your new house. With a single point of contact, you'll never panic about your move.
Here are a few things your move coordinator will do for you, starting with assisting the account manager with your estimate.
Estimate Time, Trucks, and Materials
Whether you're packing yourself or having the moving company send a crew to do it, you'll need supplies--boxes, tape, paper, and bubble wrap or peanuts. Your account manager--someone with an average of 10 years in the moving industry--will come to your house, and walk through with you to determine not only how many trucks you'll need, but can tell you how many boxes--and what sizes--you'll need for each room. If you choose to pack yourself, they'll give you tips on how to fill the boxes so they're not too heavy. Once you've gone through the entire property--house, basement, attics, garage--you'll get an idea of the time and materials necessary to get you out the door. If you've got off-site storage, make sure and mention that, too--the last thing you want is to forget to mention you've got a 10 X 20 storage unit with a boat in it.
Plan for Disassembly and Assembly
A professional moving company only employs top-quality, experienced moving crews. The guys that come to your house on moving day are background checked, insured, uniformed, and experienced. Since your move coordinator knows what needs to be taken apart and then put back together, your crew will have the tools and expertise to tackle the project--from a grand piano to a backyard grill, you can be confident that the job will be done right. If you change your mind about something (donating the swing set or deciding to take the big grill after all), simply give your move coordinator a call and it's handled.
Manage Vehicle Transport
Really long-distance moves usually mean moving your cars, boats, and motorcycles. Move coordinators can not only assist with details of transporting your wheeled things, but can advise you on registering and tagging them if you're going to a new state or country.
Sometimes your new house is still being built, or you're downsizing and not sure what you'll wind up keeping, or you're doing some renovating and not completely done when you move. Your move coordinator arranges for short-term storage while you wait to finish moving in. Your coordinator knows how to pack for storage, based on your estimated time you'll need it. Your boxes are packed and organized according to destination--the things going to your house will be separate from the boxes and furniture going into storage. When you're ready to have those things delivered, just call your move coordinator and the trucks and movers are on their way.
A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in the business over 40 years, and offers professional service--whether your move is across town or across the globe. Click here to get started on your estimate and leave the logistics to the pros.