Almost every person alive that is an adult has had to move at least once in their lifetime. I’ve moved several times and every time I don’t want to end up moving again. Some people live out of a suitcase. I could in a pinch but I don’t want to. I enjoy the stability of being grounded. It gives me a sense of peace to be able to come home, grab a glass of wine, and chill after a long day. As a manager for a storage facility, I have a lot of people who move. One of the biggest questions that I get is “who should they use for a moving company?”
First off, I’m not going to promote any company on this blog. What I will do is give you a few tips on what to look for in a company. My number one answer is to get referrals. I don’t say this lightly. I’ve had customers ask me who to use. I usually give my top 3 local movers. Managers at most storage facilities have cameras that they watch. We can tell you if a company takes good care of items or if you want to steer clear because of poor handling, packing, and planning from a company. I used to work for a facility that had elevators that went up three floors of climate controlled units. People who move can be rough on elevators, walls, doors, and even on the person’s items. Most people when they move don’t want to have to worry about their items getting broken, or stolen, or even scratched. Instead, they need to have the peace of mind that their items are going to be handled professionally and with care. That’s why referrals are important. Be careful of fake reviews. If you see a majority of 1 stars from the comments and a company has a 5 star rating, it’s more than likely got a lot of fake reviews.
Packing tips for moving
- Use the right size boxes. …If you pack too little in a big box, that space could better be used for more items. You are trying to make the most out of the space you have. Think of the boxes like a puzzle, the more you can fit in the box, the less space it will take up.
- Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top. …If you put heavy boxes on top, it won’t hold the weight as well. Put them on the bottom so that you can fit lighter objects in the box as well as make it easier to carry.
- Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes. …You are trying to save space, not garner more space. You want things organized and easy to find. That can only happen if you utilize all the space you have.
- Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. ...This goes back to organization. It’s easier to keep things sorted if you know which room it’s supposed to be a part of.
- Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents. …This helps you make sure that you need to get the contents back to. Plus it helps you figure out where you want items either displayed or put up.
- Tape boxes well. If you don’t I can guarantee you that the boxes will come apart, the contents will fall out and you will be mega pissed.
When you are in the middle of planning your move, here are some things to consider:
- You need to keep records of everything when you move. It’s important to make sure that you have the quotes that you are given, the information on the various companies and rental groups you want to use and any other pertinent information. This helps you not only know you are getting the best deal but gives you peace of mind.
- Plan in advance. The worst mistakes I’ve seen are from folks who waited until the last minute to move. They didn’t pack, they didn’t get hold of a truck, or get the help they needed, all they did was throw things in a vehicle and throw them in a unit. Not only does it not make good use of space but it looks like the person doesn’t care about anything. Clothing, furniture, artwork, and other possessions often end up getting trashed when they could have been given to someone who really could have used it.
- Pack as far in advance as you can. Moving is a lot of work. It doesn’t matter if you are moving into an apartment or moving items in a storage unit. Pack the things up that you can live without the easiest. The further in advance that you can pack up things, the less stressed you will be.
- If you need to use a moving company, book them early. Most movers have a length of time where they are booked solid. It’s better to get the appointment booked as soon as you know you need to move.
- Invest in supplies. If you don’t have the proper packing materials that you need, you may end up with broken items.
- Get a truck with a Tommy gate or ramp. If you do this, loading and unloading your items will seem like a cakewalk than if you try to do everything on your own without the proper equipment. Many of the trucks come with a dolly on them. Use it if you can. Your back will thank you.
These are just a few things that can help you along with way but don’t let yourself get too stressed. Do your homework. Plan ahead, research and prepare and your moving days won’t feel so overwhelming. There’s enough things in this world that will stress you out. Don’t let moving be one of them. When this pandemic settles down, things will hopefully calm down enough to where we can all not stress over the pandemic on top of moving. If you are moving or considering a move, just catch your breath. You’ve got this.