Preparing for Moving day

Preparing for Moving day

Choosing a Date:

  • If you are flexible with your moving date we may be able to offer some discounts. Monday through Wednesday in the middle weeks of the month are usually our least busy times.

Getting an Estimate

  • Most moving companies estimate for local moves on an hourly rate..
  • Labor represents the majority of the moving expense. If you are prepared for your move theire will be less wasted labour time.
  • Remember to budget for packing supplies-boxes, tape, bubble wrap, pads on items you will be packing.
  • Taking the time talk to your moving company about details for moving day. For example, have you remodeled your house since you moved in? If so, some of the furniture that went in originally may not come out the same way.
  • Since costs are projected based on an hourly rate, neglecting to mention a major point of the move at the time of the estimate does not mean that your move will cost less, but rather that your moving crew will be less prepared to do it.

Preparation

You should prioritize your preparation into three areas:

  • Sort and dispose of any unneeded items through garage sales, donations to charitable organizations, or gifts to friends and family.

  • Pack areas you don't use often, such as basements, garages, and attics..

  • Should time permit, consider moving some of the smaller items yourself ;
    focus on pets, plants, pictures, collectibles and highly sentimental items.

  • Get rid of unused items prior to your move. Keep in mind that movers are paid by the hour, so it isn't economical to pay them to move items you're going to throw away later.

  • Professional movers cannot move hazardous items such as propane tanks, firearms and aerosols. Additionally, empty the gas out of any gas-operated items (lawnmower, weed wacker, etc.) prior to moving.

  • Pick a labeling system and use it consistently so items can efficiently be placed in the correct room. If possible, boxes should be labeled on 3 sides.


Moving Day Notes

  • Your moving crew will move ALL items in your home, unless instructed otherwise. Be sure to walk through your old home and do a final check for any overlooked items before the moving trucks departs for your new home.
  • Time spent rearranging the furniture will add to the total time of the move. Have a furniture plan in mind before arriving at your new home to save time and money.
  • Consider moving jewellery, artwork, pictures and other small valuables yourself in your vehicle. As for larger valuables, point these items out to your moving crew so they can plan their loading accordingly.
  • Professional movers are prepared to move during rain, sleet, or snow. They come equipped with supplies to keep your belongings safe from the elements.