No two moves are truly alike. Even the same household moving almost the same exact items twice can mean two entirely different move scenarios; maybe for one, it was as simple as moving down the hall at an apartment complex, but on the next one, you need to hoist items down and into a truck for a move across the state. So how do you find the best moving and relocation company for your needs? You can start right here with reading this blog post.
Find What Sets Your Move Apart From The Rest
Every move is different, but there are many things that will be the same. You need to find out what stands out about your move–what might come up that movers should be prepared for?
• Heavy Items – These items could include things like pianos or a full tool chest. A general rule of thumb is – if any item that you own is approaching or exceeding 200 pounds, make sure that you provide as much detail as you can with your movers. You might want to take a photo, look up specs online, or even request an in-house estimate.
• Large Items – These items can include armoires, dressers, sofas, box springs, and more. Be especially attentive to large items that are also very heavy. Large items and stairs often don’t mix, which leads us to our next bullet…
• Hoisting/Crane Lifting – Some items simply aren’t made to be moved up and down the stairs (and some stairs just aren’t designed for items to be moved up and down them). If you know anything definitely needs to be hoisted, or even moved with a crane, or if you suspect that some items might need to be hoisted, make sure that you provide as much detail as possible with your movers. Pay special consideration to any large furniture that was assembled in a room – if it hasn’t moved down the stairs before, it might not be able to fit at all. Certain areas in Boston are notorious for their tight, winding stairways. Even a full sized box spring can be impossible to navigate some of these stairs and will require hoisting.
– Fully disclose any details about the upper and lower landing. Hoisting over a balcony is different than hoisting through a window. If there are windows between the hoisting location and the ground, special accommodations might need to be met. If the ground area is blocked by something or there are any obstacles (including weather-related obstacles), make sure that you let the movers know.
• Find Which Items Require Assembly and/or Dis-Assembly
Most movers will be equipped with enough tools to handle any basic assembly needs. These can include removing a mirror from a dresser, taking apart a basic bed frame, and other tasks. However, if your furniture will require assembly that might be beyond Furniture 101, make sure that you discuss it with your movers.
Some items to consider would be grandfather or grandmother clocks, platform beds, bunk beds, beds with storage underneath, any major appliances, exercise equipment, and heavy tools. If you are unsure about it, try to find any make and model information so that your mover may do some research to see what needs to be done.
• Don’t Forget To Check The Shed/Garage/Other Outdoor Items
It can be very easy to forget about what exactly is in your shed, garage, basement, etc. if you haven’t taken a look in there for a while. Be aware that many of your typical shed or outdoor items can be difficult to pack and might require their own space within a moving van.
Items such as lawnmowers, grills, outdoor fireplaces, hot tubs, bicycles, or canoes (to name a few) don’t pack well into the truck. They’re messy and you don’t want them near your other furniture. They usually can’t be stacked on top of anything else, and they usually can’t have other things stacked on them. This means they take up extra space in a truck.
Discuss All Of These Needs With Your Prospective Movers
Now that you have an idea of some of the specific challenges for your move, talk to some professionals. You might even want to request testimonials from other customers who have required similar service in the past. Most movers will be able to get you that information right away.
Knowing these things in advance of your move can save a massive headache on moving day. If you plan for them prior to the move, then you won’t need to wait around with movers on the clock, trying to find a solution to your problem. Your movers will know what, if any, special tools or equipment you require. They will also be able to properly staff your move so that they would have enough people for a hoist or a piano move.