Below, we will discuss how to be prepared for your upcoming move. In addition to that, we will take it a step further and give you tips on things you can do to save money. Since most moving companies charge by the hour, time equals money. We hope you find this to be helpful in making your moving experience better.
1. Choose the right company. Ask a friend for a referral, ask your realtor, or check out reviews on local moving companies. These things will be good indicators of the quality of the company you select. Furthermore, ask them to show they are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.
Moving Companies are required to carry at least $10,000 in cargo insurance, $300,000 in liability, workers comp, and $100,000 in auto (if operating box trucks). Here at Blue Beaver Movers, we are proud of being over insured to protect ourselves and our clients. We carry $100,000 in cargo, $1,000,000 in liability, $1,000,000 in auto, and have workers comp. Make sure you choose a company that can protect you and your belongings.
2. Make sure you get the right amount of men on your job when booking. The worst thing you can do is be undermanned for your move. That will cause a slowing of production and efficiency, higher damage from tired movers, and possibly a poor attitude. A general rule of thumb is:
2 men for under 1,200 square feet. (1 truck)
3 men for 1,200-1,900 sq. feet. (1 truck)
4 men for 1,900-2,400 sq feet (2 trucks)
5 men for 2,400 – 3,300 sq feet (2 trucks)
6 men for 3,300 – 4,000 sq feet. (2 trucks)
3. To make sure your move goes quicker, make sure you are packed. The more items that are not packed, the more small trips the movers have to make. If it is packed, the boxes can be loaded on a dolly and taken to the moving truck. Not only does it ruin the efficiency of your move, but also increases the risk of damage. When items are small and can’t be properly protected in the truck, you risk damage. If something can be boxed, you should box it.
Some common items that don’t get packed that should: Table Lamps, Lamp Shades, Bedding, Electronic Equipment, Small plants, Garage items.
4. How to properly mark your boxes to where they communicate with your movers. There is definitely some common language within the moving industry. If you are packing boxes, and label everything as fragile, it makes it very difficult to understand what really needs special care. Some boxes have to go on the bottom, in the middle of the stack, or at the top. So below will give you a few tips on labeling boxes.
- Top Stack: Label top stack for anything super light that would need to make sure nothing gets stacked on it. This would typically be lamp shades, fragile artwork, etc.. Anything that can’t support weight on top of it.
- Fragile: When labeling things fragile, you want to try and stick strictly with things that can break. Dishes, China, delicate décor, etc… When you label fragile, make sure to label the top, as well as the sides. Movers typically will come in and stack 5 boxes on a dolly. When they take the boxes to the truck for the stacker, the stacker doesn’t see the tops of the boxes, only the sides. Make sure to label fragile items on the top, as well as all 4 sides. A good trick is to create a sign for fragile, like a star, and just draw that on each side. That is typically quicker than writing our fragile on every box.
- An up or down arrow on the sides of the box. This would be for someone moving from or to a two-story house. This helps the team group boxes as they are taking them out of the truck. In addition to writing the room on the top of the box, put an up or down arrow on each side. That will also help reduce them from having to drop the dolly stack at the front door and figure out where each box goes.
5. If you have a lot of items and you are trying to fit everything in one truck, make sure to use the correct boxes to reduce the space items take.
*For a kitchen, use a Dish Barrell. When packing a dish barrel, you want to make sure you put heavy items on the bottom and go up to the top reducing the weight on each level. Also remember, for drinking glasses, you want to put them vertically with the drinking side down. That is the way they are the strongest. Never lay your glasses sideways in a box. For plates, also pack them vertical with separating each plate with packing paper.
* For the closets, use wardrobe boxes. At the bottoms, you can put shoes, pillows, bedding, etc… There is typically plenty of room at the bottom of a wardrobe box. For bedding,
- For bedding, couch pillows, use large boxes.
- For books, files, magazines, use small boxes.
- For China or expensive wine glasses, use small boxes.
6. If you are moving out of an apartment or high rise, you will want to make sure you have the elevator reserved. The most costly mistake is to end up sharing the elevator with 2 or 3 people which end up increasing the time and costs.
*Another thing you can do is secure the best parking spot. Use your cars and park where you think would be best for the moving truck to position itself. When the moving company arrives, you can switch out and let them park in the area. The shorter the walk, the less the time, and the more you save.
7. Do a confirmation call to your moving company the day before. Verify the amount of team member, make sure they have your right address, check the time they are leaving their office or arriving at your home. If you have any special request, make sure to confirm they have it notated.
*Common special request are Mattress bags, carpet protector, feet covers, or extra boxes.
8. TV’s: When your moving company arrives, leave your TV’s plugged in and show your lead mover that each TV works. This will keep a moving company from being able to deny a TV because it doesn’t have physical damage. Ensuring that each TV is working will help make sure the moving company takes accountability for anything that happens.
9. When your lead mover arrives, ask about your coverage options. Any moving company that is properly bonded and insured must offer a minimum of $0.60 per pound reimbursement on any damaged item. As you can imagine, $0.60 per pound does know to go far on valuable items. Reputable moving companies will typically offer what they call valuation options. This requires the moving company to repair or replace any damaged items. Make sure you have a good understanding of each option before signing. It’s likely the moving company will only do what they are legally obligated to. Don’t sign $0.60 per pound and then want your items fully covered. Select a valuation option if you want full protection.
10. Lastly, ways to speed up your move and save you costs.
- Disassemble your beds. Doing this saves the time movers would have to spend taking it apart. It also allows them to just protect your items, and then grab and go. This keeps the pace of the move high.
- Stack all of your small boxes 5 high. This will allow your moving company to just grab a “dolly stack” and go.
- Put all of your boxes in the garage or the closest room to the front door.
- Ask your company if you can stop by their office and buy a couple of rolls of shrink wrap. Then you can wrap items you aren’t overly worried about. (don’t wrap the items you are worried about so the moving company can blanket them and then stretch wrap them)
- Transport what small items you can yourself. Cutting down to just larger items definitely will save you some costs.
We hope you found this helpful as your prepare for your upcoming move. Although this will help you with any company, we truly hope you select us to be your moving company. We will work hard to ensure you have the absolute best moving experience.