Below are some tips and valuable info to help you prepare for your move. These tips will definitely help make the move faster and smoother and will save you $$$.
Keep it Simple: — Being organized really helps. You can greatly expedite your move by making a nice organized pile of what is going into the truck. If possible, getting everything in to the main room closest to the door is even better. We usually grab boxes and the heaviest items first. Then leave the smaller pieces and odds & ends for the end. The more you can keep the items that are staying behind out of our sight the better. Take things out of the closets if you want them moved. We also prefer that all dressers and other furniture items are empty so they are easily and safely handled. When we can walk in to your pad and just grab from an obvious stack it makes the move lightning quick.
Some “Dis”Assembly Required: — If you have the tools and the talent, taking care of any furniture that may need disassembly or disconnecting your electronics and appliances always helps cut down on time. We are always happy to take care of that stuff for you, but if you’re looking to keep our time with you short and sweet, then it’s always a good idea to have all that taken care of ahead of time. We also offer wrapping services for your furniture, but if you are looking to save a bit, wrapping furniture items yourself and having it ready to go when we arrive will make the move that much quicker.
Box Rockin’: — Be sure to box as many of the loose items as you can. Having unboxed items means several trips to the truck and that adds up fast. Try and pack your electronics in the original boxes. Transporting your flat screen TV in the original packaging is always the safest way to make it happen. Be sure all boxes are sealed with tape and aren’t just folded over. This helps with stacking and “tetrising” in the truck. If you can afford new boxes, they are definitely easier to work with. If you’re counting your dollars however, there’s always the shipping boxes you can find in recycling bins behind you’re local grocery store, Starbucks, etc. Also, many Uhaul locations now have used boxes available for free as a “take a box, leave a box” concept. Then, when your move is finished, you can always pay if forward by dropping the boxes back at the Uhaul and the circle is complete. Also, bag soft items (clothes, bedding, etc.) in kitchen trash bags. This is often used as the “glue” in the truck that helps keep the pack job tight!
Do Sweat the Small Stuff (so we don’t have to): — The best way to get the most out of your movers is to use them for what you can’t do yourself. The more time you have them loading all of the odds and ends, the longer your move is going to take. Make the most of it and have them working on the large furniture and the bigger boxes. Why pay an hourly rate for the guys to make trip after trip up and down the stairs with items that you may be able to take care of in your car? You will save some money, and maybe get a nice workout at the same time.
Objects MAY be larger than they appear: — There are times where some of over-sized furniture may need some finessing to get it out of your place. If you know that last time the guys moved your 9′ sleeper sofa in to your place, they had to take all the doors off the hinges and unscrew all 4 legs, taking care of those things before we arrive will help with the time. Also, securing the doors on your armoire or removing the drawers from the dressers and other cabinets will make it simple for the guys to grab the items and quickly get them down to the truck.
Access is EVERYTHING: — Here’s a moving formula for you…Distance = Time = $$$: There is just no way around the fact that a long distance between the truck and your pad is going to take up time and therefore cost money. Sometimes it’s hard for a customer to understand why their simple 1 bedroom apartment is taking hours to load into the truck, while their friend up the street had their entire 2 bedroom apartment loaded in half the time. When you are living in an apartment complex where the path from the truck to your apartment includes, a walk up a driveway, up a flight of stairs to the front of the building, through a parking garage, up to the 4th floor in an elevator, down a maze of a hallway, then finally arriving at your apartment, you figure each trip takes ten minutes. Multiply that times 30 trips and you’re looking at 5 hours. Meanwhile, your friend up the street lives in a house with a driveway where the truck is backed up to the front door and each trip takes 1 minute. Multiply that by 30 trips and you get a nice cool half hour. Just something to consider when planning out how long you anticipate your move is going to take.
YOU are the director: — We appreciate it when a customer let’s us know where they want things in the new place. It always helps when we know where an item is going to live so it doesn’t have be moved again and take up more of your time. Having boxes clearly marked with which room you would like them in and pointing it out while you have us there will help make things quick and save you the headache of trying to move things on your own later.
There you have it. The difference these little tips will make in your move will most likely save you a substantial amount of cash. If you are in a position to kick back and let the movers do it all and don’t mind paying for it, then that service is there for you. For those of you who are in the position where every dollar gets you closer to comfortably pursuing your art, your career or whatever your passion might be, then we hope this helps you make it happen.
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