If you are going to undertake a move, there are a plethora of ways to begin the process. You need a plan dates, addresses, your budget, etc. Some people are comfortable with doing absolutely no preparation beyond what date they need to be out of their home and what date they need to move in to their new home.
However, doing a move that way, with little to no preparation, can be very expensive. So how should you prepare for a move?
Any arranging and packing you can do will save you the time and money that it would take the moving crew to do it. Smaller, miscellaneous things, especially fragile or delicate items, are tedious and take longer to pack since they have to be wrapped up and secured. If that would be something you are comfortable doing then we would recommend that in order to save on your move. Preparation also includes getting packing supplies yourself if you do not want a moving company to pack your belongings.
Look at different prices for moving and packing supplies to make sure you save when moving. If you can emplty dressers, disconnect electronics, tie power cords up to their respective appliances, etc. that will save the movers the time of doing it, and it also avoids someone tripping over a cord and damaging an appliance or injuring themselves. Think about throwing away some things, giving them away, or selling them.
Having less items to move means less time moving and less money spent. If you are going to stop at two places, or are making some kind of drop off on the way to your final destination, be very clear about what is going to the second location or the final destination when speaking with your movers they will load the truck according to what will be delivered first. You do not want to get to your intermediate drop off location only to realize that the item to be dropped off is in the back of the truck behind all your other inventory. Labeling boxes is a good way to save time unloading at the final destination. Instead of asking where each box should go, the movers will know which ones go where if they are clearly labeled.
Preparing for a move also includes elevator reservations if your building has an elevator, and a loading dock reservation if your building has a loading dock. Many apartment buildings require moving companies to furnish a Certificate of Insurance - your building manager will let you know if this is the case. Getting the Certificate of Insurance is a quick and easy process, but it cannot be ignored, as many buildings will not allow any work to be done without the company furnishing their proof of insurance.
If you are worried about scratching your floors or walls at particular spots, you can cover them or request extra floor protectors as part of your preparation for your move.
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