Moving 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Moving
Moving out for the first time? Relocating is one of the things everyone goes through at one point or another in life, and for one reason or another. Feeling unprepared and stressed out are usually the first emotions that come to a person who has taken the decision to move out. Feeling insecure and worried is normal. But, as with many other things in life, there is always the first time. That is why we’ve prepared this basic beginners guide to moving out which will assist you on your first relocation.
What Are Your Options?
You could do it yourself. That means finding the necessary packing materials, doing the packing, renting a truck, loading/unloading, assembling of furniture and everything in between. It could be quite time consuming, especially because you have no relocation experience. Even if you get helpers it could take quite some time to do everything.
Do the packing yourself and hire only moving labor to load, drive and unload the truck. Still, you have a whole home’s packing to take care of which is not an easy task. The loading and unloading will be much faster once you have professionals to take care of it.
Hire movers for a full move. You could rent a moving company that could do everything – from the packing to the unloading. It will take less time for the whole move if you choose this option, because movers are already used to this kind of work and can perform it more quickly than you.
How Do You Find The Right Movers?
For one, be sure to read reviews. It is a fairly good way to find a professional moving company. Of course, even the most reliable mover could have bad reviews but as an exception rather than a rule.
Before relocating, think about which is the best option for you to organize your move. Get quotes and compare them. Once you compare a few moving companies, see what they offer not just in terms of cost but also in terms of services. Different movers could include different services in their quotes so make sure you understand them.
Check the USDOT. It will give you a lot of information like contact details, vehicles available, crash incidents, etc. The history of the moving company will shed some light on how professional and reliable they are.
Go online, look for moving companies in your area and check them out one by one. Look for memberships with the AMSA and BBB, which means that the relocation firm strives to attain higher standards for their work.
What To Pack And What Not To Pack?
Pack necessities like medicines, expensive technology, and valuables. Throw away, sell or donate items that you haven’t used in the last 3 years. Chances are you will hardly remember about them after the move, too.
Do not pack hazardous materials, explosives (remove the gas from your lawn mower if you will be moving it). You are also not allowed to give to the movers perishable items like food and plants, and pets.
Items that are costly or delicate like pieces of art better be left for packing to the movers. If you are not sure how to handle those items, you risk damaging them.
For any additional questions or guidance with your next move, please contact Bayfront Relocations today!