Some people think moving is really easy but, when they are already in the actual situation, they usually feel lost and don’t know what to do. The whole family can be stressed out because of the move. There are so many things that an adult has to oversee like pets, children and the thought of leaving everything behind. Starting a new life elsewhere can be daunting but the move itself is the worst aspect of all. To make things easier, you have to make a moving check list .
Even if you are working closely with a local moving company, you will have to create a checklist. The checklist should be divided into periods – one month before moving, two weeks, one week, a day before the move, moving day and the arrival. Dividing the tasks into these periods will make it easier for you to move.
A month before you move, you have to review all moving arrangements. You have to log all the expense receipts. You can get estimates or quotes from local movers so that you can find the right local moving company. You can also make arrangements for a storage facility. If there is a need to transfer your bank accounts, this is the best time to do it. Don’t forget to submit forms to the postal service for the change of address. If you have kids, you will have to contact the schools and transfer the records. All these things should be included in your checklist.
There is a natural order to this world and any attempt to deviate from that set order usually ends up in disaster. Who do you call or visit when you’re not feeling well? Who do you contact when you need legal advice? What do you do when your car won’t start or breaks down and leaves you stranded on the road? Who do you give an emergency call when a fire gets out of control? Who do you contact when a pipe bursts in your home? What about when a household appliance suddenly stops working?
There is a reason why things happen the way they do. You turn to specialists because you know they are the ones to provide qualified assistance when you need it the most. How many times have you wished you were an expert in all aspects of life so that you could do and fix anything yourself and keep the money instead of calling in the pros and paying for their services out of your own pocket? Endless times, no doubt. But you know what folklore wisdom says, right? “Every man to his trade.”
We have compiled for you the top 6 reasons why you will be better off hiring professional movers for your upcoming relocation.
“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” Oscar Wilde
Experience is a major factor when it comes to executing a successful household move. Most movers have been trained rigorously to properly handle personal belongings throughout the individual stages of the relocation process. Your smaller items will be carefully boxed, your larger furniture pieces and appliances will be adequately secured for the long haul and then expertly maneuvered out of the house and loaded onto the waiting moving truck. Once safely delivered to your new place of residence, all of your stuff will be carried inside and arranged exactly to your preference and even unpacked, if you wish so. And the odds are that the entire move will be nothing short of a fast, smooth and problem-free relocation experience – a degree of efficiency that even well-organized DIY moves could hardly ever match.
But why, you may wonder?
The answer is pretty simple: practice makes perfect. Apart from the professional training that each mover has received, it’s the little clever tricks obtained through years of hard work that lead to notable automated problem solving abilities. It’s the way a large couch is squeezed through tight corners or narrow flight of stairs that can cause a genuine gasp of disbelief. It’s the way a heavy grand piano is lifted and carried to the moving truck as if it were a child’s toy. It’s the way extremely fragile items like china and glassware get safely wrapped and boxed, and then survive the relocation ordeal unscathed. And it’s way the truck trailer’s space is skillfully maximized as if a game of tile-matching puzzle were played.
Movers pride themselves on being highly efficient and saving their clients a lot of time. Actually, they don’t have a choice but to work fast. With all the tight schedules that they are required to keep, the enviable speed they demonstrate while packing and moving household items, loading and unloading the moving truck, and then unloading and unpacking the delivered items has become a moving industry standard.
And because the total duration of a move is nothing more than the combined times of the individual relocation stages, all of a sudden the seemingly insignificant few minutes saved by expertly packing one box will become hours by the time the entire household has been placed into boxes. And then, compared to an inexperienced self-move, these saved hours will magically become one entire day, and that day may even turn into a couple of days.
Of course, finishing their job quickly is not enough to qualify movers as being efficient – they need to add high quality to their work too.
The moving agreement between you and the moving company binds the latter to fulfill its contractual obligations in a professional and timely manner.
Unless you’ve run out of luck and fall into the hands of a rouge mover, taking advantage of the services of a good trust worthy company is the most reliable relocation option that you’ll have. When you agree to hire the movers that meet your specific needs and requirements, you will be given and asked to sign a Bill of Lading – the moving agreement between you and the moving company. Make sure you read that document carefully and understand fully its content before you place your signature on it. Basically, it’s the company’s guarantee that their moving crew will be arriving at the pre-arranged date and time to do the services you’re paying for, and that your household goods will be safely transported to and handled at your new address. Also, the movers of your choice will be the ones held accountable should anything goes wrong during the relocation process.
In comparison, self-moves can seldom offer such a high degree of reliability due to the fact that some of your friends might back out in the last minute and leave you high and dry. It happens and it might happen even to you. Now, it would be a bit odd to present a binding moving contract to the friends of yours who have agreed to help you relocate and make them sign it.
Safety is crucial and every effort should be made to maintain it during a move, especially on moving day when things tend to get out of hand without a warning. By hiring an experienced team of movers, you practically ensure your safety, the safety of your family and the safety of your cherished personal belongings.
It’s important to find the time to say goodbye to your favorite neighbors.
It’s no secret that a household move is as stressful as it can be – starting from the pressure of planning and executing the endless list of tasks from your moving calendar through the exhausting hours of packing and cleaning, and finishing with the innumerable number of things that could go wrong in the meantime. Throw in the psychological strain of leaving your familiar faces and surroundings for a completely new and unkno with a slow acclimatization process ahead of you, and you’ll get the general idea of why moving is often ranked as one of the most stressful events in life.
And yet, relocation doesn’t have to be as worrisome as all that. While you will still have to deal with the unavoidable disruption of your routine, you can at least transfer some of the pressure to the people who are used to handling it – your hired moving help. This way, you’ll benefit from several positive aspects happening at once: your stress level won’t reach a dangerous level; you’ll maintain your peace of mind knowing that your belongings won’t be damaged due to improper handling and you won’t get injured while lifting and hauling around heavy items; and finally, you’ll gain more free time for yourself to focus on other important things, like going over to your neighbors to say your goodbyes.
All things considered, hiring a professional moving company may turn out to be as economical as performing a self-move.
Contrary to popular belief, hiring a moving company may end up being as economical, or even more so, as performing a DIY move. Of course, there are plenty of factors that come into play when trying to determine the final relocation costs, such as budget, time, distance and complexity of the move. And besides the obvious costs of moving yourself (moving truck rental, gas, tolls etc.), self-moves have the so-called “hidden expenses” that many fail to take into consideration when resolving the dilemma: Such not-so-obvious expenses may include: packing supplies, insurance for the rental truck and your belongings, possible hotel rooms, etc.
Make sure you understand the extra expenses and risks before you decide to move on your own. In fact, one wrong inexperienced move on your part when handling your household items could cost you dearly. All things considered, you will find out that to hire a mover is a great, and affordable, option after all.
Let’s face it: moving is often harder than it looks. With so many unanswered questions, unknowns and risks hiding in dark corners, sometimes the relocation process feels a bit like a gamble. And if you’re going to bet, why not bet on experience, reliability and efficiency? For one thing is clear – professionals will always have a clear advantage over non-professionals who have never attempted a certain task, or have only done it a number of times.
Why is it that moving is deemed as stressful? Perhaps, you are one of those who have already experienced this situation and you can testify to this.
However, for those who do not have any experience but are planning to move, well check this out.
Fear of the unknown – This is usually experienced by the young ones. However, anyone can experience this especially when you are facing a change in job. At first you may not feel especially comfortable in dealing with the new routines. Nevertheless, you can combat this fear by asking your realtor about everything and everyone else associated to your new place. By getting some information you can have an idea on what to expect in the new place and find time to explore the neighborhood.
Loss of control – You might be upset seeing all your belongings in boxes. If this is the case, it is recommended to control your perception and accept the
reality. Instead of entertaining stress, you can focus to make your move a successful one. Part of addressing loss of control is by ensuring the credibility of the moving company that you hire. Make sure that all your possessions are safe during travel. If you are in need of extra manpower to help out, choose reliable people.
Loss of community – Moving means saying goodbye temporarily to your friends and neighbors. It could be somewhat lonely and might make you anxious. You can plan a farewell packing party where you can invite your friends to attend and at the same time you can enjoy partying with them. Before you move give your contact information to everyone so that you can have the chance to communicate even if you are no longer so close with your friends and neighbors.
Overwhelm – being overwhelmed with the numerous tasks to accomplish is one of the common sources of moving stress. This is aggravated by feelings in such a way that you do not even know where to begin your task or how to complete them. The best way to overcome this stress is to make a moving checklist. In this way, you will identify what are the tasks that are completed and those that are not completed.
More packing tips
Are you moving to a new home or perhaps an apartment? Moving is not a fun activity and most of the time, you can hear the family with their endless ‘what ifs’. You need to realize that moving is a serious undertaking and if you want an organized move, you should choose from the best local movers in your area.
You will have to follow a certain procedure to ensure a successful move. You also have to get certain things and materials to help you settle into your new home quickly. You can make use of these great packing tips to make the move stress-free.
These are some of the best packing tips that you can use if you are moving to a new house. Pack now!
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