So whether you are a Buyer or Seller, chances are that sometime after your transaction closes escrow you will be moving. Well that's unless you just sold some investment property or you are buying a home that you were previously renting. Other than that, you are packing and going.
Moving can be expensive and most likely stressful? It’s no wonder most people eventually decide to ditch the DIY approach and hire professionals. But that doesn’t mean the stress goes away. There are plenty of things that could go wrong. To make the day go as smoothly as possible, you need to know how your movers work best. That which includes when you should be there, when you can pitch in, and when you need to get lost. Here's 3 things to consider: Price, Plan, Pack.
1) It's not just about Price. Check out the company very thoroughly. Price is only part of the equation. Take some time to consider which movers have your best interest in mind and which are solely looking for a one-time paycheck. Every company is going to put its best face forward during the estimate process, but when it comes to finding out which companies will move your stuff and make you feel comfortable in the process. Hey you may even want to stop by their office. In person. Some moving companies are the real deal, and then there are a lot of others where you just have a guy running it out of his apartment,
2) Plan. Before you get out the bubble wrap, figure out what needs to happen for the day to go smoothly. Do you need to reserve your building’s elevator? Will the truck be parking on a busy street? If so, save a spot ahead of time. If you’re moving in or out of an apartment complex, make sure you know the rules ie designated moving hours can cause major complications. Don’t forget to inform your movers ahead of time if they’ll be transporting a particularly large or heavy item such as a washer, dryer, or piano. It might require extra help, and time spent looking for a third pair of hands is money wasted.
3) Pack. If you’ve elected to do your own packing, make sure it’s finished. That doesn’t mean boxes untaped and scattered throughout the house. That means boxes filled, taped up, and ready to go by the time your movers show up. Ideally, everything will be located in a central room, which speeds up the process and keeps your possessions safe. Even better: Stack your boxes against the wall, giving your movers “the freedom to move (around) and bring things in,” a top mover says. “We don’t want to impede the entrance. The guys need to move quickly and easily.”really need to finish taping up your boxes beforehand. “People don’t like taping their boxes, but if a mover does it, it adds a significant amount of time and money to moving day”.
My recommendation - pay the movers to professionally pack your stuff if you want it to get to your new home in one piece.