By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Anybody who's ever moved realizes what an emotional time it is--saying goodbye to your home, your friends, job, community--is understandably overwhelming. But what most of us don't realize, at least not right away, is the role that your moving company
plays in helping you through the moving transition.
Professional movers are the great multi-taskers of the world. Here are just a few of the hats they wear, and off the books services they provide.
Your moving crew chief may not have a master’s degree in psychology (don't discount it), but he has spent a lot of time around people in transition, and he's heard it all. Therefore, it's so important to choose a moving company that you feel comfortable with. When you fall apart walking out of your (now teenager's) first nursery for the last time, that's the shoulder you sob--or at least sniff a lot--on. When you're trying to decide whether to keep a truly hideous chair that you had when you were first married and you couldn't afford anything better looking, that's the person you turn to for advice. When you're wondering if it's okay to toss out the stuff your mother-in-law gives you for Christmas and you can't stand, he's your Dear Abby. Choose wisely--a good moving crew is worth its weight in gold…and therapy.
One of the great mysteries of life is how a sofa that slid into your family room like the proverbial greased pig has grown to proportions that make you think you're just going to have to leave it for the new owners. Enter the professional mover. He knows how to arrange the crew in the correct angles so that your big comfy couch turns the corner like it's on wheels. They're also good with calculating how many boxes you'll have (take your estimate and double it) and estimating the size truck it's going to take to haul it all.
One of the first questions you'll get is, "How many bedrooms?". This gives them a rough idea of the furniture you have-- a four-bedroom house is more likely to have multiple living spaces than a two-bedroom apartment. If you have any big pieces, send a picture with measurements. The more information you can give them up front, the more accurate the estimates will be.
The Chippendale's Apprentice
Thomas Chippendale--get your mind out of the gutter. Chippendale was a master furniture maker in the 1700s, and his iconic style is still the last word in sophisticated interiors. Anyway, most of your furniture was assembled from several pieces, and the easiest way to move it is to take it apart. If your furniture is more Ikea than elegant, you still need a pro to take that stuff apart--it's more complicated than standard pieces that have recognizable bolts and screws.
Have some baggies handy for the screws, bolts, and whatnot that you'll need to put stuff back together again.
Now that all the tables and beds are taken apart, the dresser drawers are emptied, and the pots and pans are packed, it's all got to go in the truck. Now is when your moving company really shines--they are space planning geniuses. Experienced crews work like a well-oiled machine. They know what to put on the truck first, how to arrange everything so that the weight is evenly distributed, and everything is in its proper place when the journey is over and the truck pulls into your new driveway.
A-1 Freeman Moving Group is an expert with the many hats that movers wear. If you are looking for a professional moving company to help you with your next move, give us a call today!
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