Hiring a Moving Company


 

Moving companies exist all over the United States to help private citizens, and sometimes small businesses, relocate to another property, whether in the same city, to a new city in the same state, or even across the country. Moving expenses can mount pretty high based on the distance traveled and the amount of items being moved, but any homeowner can strike up a good deal with a moving company, and moving furniture and other items does not have to be a big hassle if a customer is prepared and knows what to expect. Moving companies may offer trucks and trailers of varying sizes, as well as crews who are ready to help move bigger furniture and boxes of items into and back out of the truck during the moving process. Come moving day, everything should be in place. Local moving companies and their services may be just one phone call or e-mail away.

Who’s Moving?

American families are often ready to pack up and move to a new property near or far, and some moving companies may be assisting young adults who are moving out of their parents’ homes for the first time. Sometimes, people move quite often; it has been determined that the average American citizen may move 12 times in his or her life, and this may be higher for those who rent instead of buy. Some 33% of renters move every single year, and those who don’t may still move more often than proper homeowners. Sometimes people move out of their hometowns and sometimes they won’t; 73% of people never leave their hometowns, although speaking more generally, 63% of people have moved to a new community at least once. As for the timing, summer ranks as the most popular time to move out. In 2016, for example, 13.9% of movers relocated in June, while December was the least popular month, where 3.3% of movers relocated. How can moving companies help a homeowner? What preparations should be undertaken?

Moving Out

Once a person or family has determined that they will move, as well as when and where, they can set up a timetable for packing up items, from clothing to books to electronics and kids’ toys. Close to the move, the family may start packing items into durable cardboard boxes, often having boxes dedicated to certain rooms or types of items, and labels on the outside will show what the contents are. More fragile items, such as china, will need padding or stuffing inside, such as inflated plastic bags or foam peanuts to cushion the contents during moving. Larger furniture will typically be moved as is, such as dressers, beds, couches, and coffee tables. When moving out, a person or family will usually perform a final cleaning job of the residence, such as vacuuming or even replacing the rugs, removing wallpaper, fixing holes in the walls or damaged door hinges, wiping down glass, fixing mouse holes, and more. For renters, such cleaning may be mandatory, and for homeowners, doing this cleaning will help make the house more attractive to buyers.

When hiring moving companies, clients can contact multiple companies in their city or town, or further if desired, and compare their fees, the distance traveled, the size and types of vehicles and trailers provided, and more. Customer reviews can be obtained and studied when the client asks each moving company for the contact information for previous customers, and these reviews can help illustrate how well or badly a moving company may operate. Once a company is chosen, it will supply any desired moving trucks or trailers (if there are vehicles that can pull them) and items and boxes should be stored so that there is minimal room between items, lessening the chances of something falling over or banging or scraping against other items. Sometimes, in the new residential area, narrow roads or cramped quarters may make it difficult for some vehicles to reach the property, so backups may be needed so the items can be delivered to the property itself.