It took weeks for you to find your new apartment at Shaker Run, and you can’t wait to move in! But your joy is soon replaced by worry when you realize how much stuff you have. How on earth are you going to transport all of your possessions from one location to another? Don’t panic. Take a deep breath.
There are plenty of options, depending on your budget and how much you can do yourself. Of course, the easiest and most cost-effective solution is to enlist friends to help out. But, if you are unable to find any volunteers willing to spend an afternoon hauling heavy furniture, there are plenty of professionals who will gladly schlep your furniture down three flights of stairs.
About a month before your move is when you should start actively searching for movers. First, ask around. Word of mouth can be invaluable when determining who to trust with great aunt Martha’s wedding china. If no one you know can recommend a good mover, shift your search to the internet and read customer reviews. Narrow the selection down to two or three and then call each one for a quote. Sometimes it’s best for them to come to your location so they can give a more accurate estimate.
Many companies will take care of the entire move for you. They’ll pack your belongings, move them, and unpack them at your new home. But, of course, the more they do, the more expensive it is. To save a little money, you might consider renting a moving truck and separately hiring movers just to do the heavy lifting. These types of movers are typically paid by the hour, so you may want to take care of the lighter items yourself and have them deal only with the heavier pieces.
Here are some questions you should consider asking a moving company:
- Is a deposit required?
- Are there any additional fees not already covered?
- Are they licensed? (This should be indicated on their website)
- Do they offer additional coverage?
- Do they offer discounts?
- Are there certain days of month that are cheaper than others?
- How much do their packing materials cost?
- Will my items be transferred to another truck? (This is primarily if you are moving long distance or need to vacate your current home before you are able to move into new home)
- Who is responsible for broken items?
By asking these questions, you will be able to make a better decision on what will fit your needs and budget during your move.