There’s a lot to think about when it comes to moving—whether you’re moving down the street, across the country, or to a new country all together. There are certain things you should be sure to consider before you start your moving process, and this list can help things go a lot smoother.
The main concerns when it comes to moving
Here are some of the most important things you shouldn’t overlook when it comes to moving: location, planning, packing, hiring a company, and booking a moving date.
Where you’ll be moving to will dictate what special considerations you’ll need to make up front. For instance, if you’re moving to another state you’ll want to become familiar with that state’s laws and regulations. Here are a few other things to think about before moving to a new location:
Become familiar with your new location – know where the post office is, the grocery store, hospitals and urgent cares, and other important places for quick and efficient access.
Plan a route to the new location – planning the quickest, most efficient route to your new location will help save money in transportation and moving costs.
Effectively planning your move is the simplest way to make your move go much smoother and to cut down on costs:
Make lists – “stay organized” should be your motto and mantra.
Attend to repairs or renovations ahead of time – you’ll be glad to move into a clean, fresh new place that already has your finishing touches.
Take measurements beforehand – planning for large pieces of furniture is no joke—take the time to plan a way to get everything into the new place.
Take care of logistics ahead of time – although it’s tempting to move and not tell anyone, you’ll want to change your mailing address and make sure you don’t miss out on any bills.
Many movers forego packing until the last minute, or haphazardly pack their belongings for short distance moves. This is a misstep, as it often leads to broken or damaged belongings.
Organization – label every box and keep items grouped similarly.
Downsizing – give away or sell as much as you possibly can to eliminate extra, unnecessary moving costs.
Materials – don’t skimp on packing materials, as they can help keep your belongings safe and protected through the journey.
Safety & protection – be sure to ask your moving company about additional safety and protection measures they offer, such as insurance for unique or especially valuable items.
Hiring a Company
Hiring a moving company can actually save you money in unforeseen moving costs, but it can also help relieve a ton of stress from the process. When looking for a moving company to help you with your move, it’s important to consider the following:
Reputation – look at the company’s online reviews and/or ask them for a list of professional references.
Pricing – don’t automatically assume the cheapest option is the best option; research and compare pricing in your area.
Availability – don’t wait till the last minute to schedule your move—moving companies are especially busy during certain times of the year.
Experience & expertise – businesses with more experience and longer time in the moving industry generally have more reliable expertise.
Accommodation & communication – whatever company you choose, they should be accommodating and offer excellent customer service.
Insurance and protection – your moving company should always provide clients with insurance options to make sure their special and most valuable belongings are cared for during the move.
Booking a moving date
Booking a moving date can be tricky, and depending on the time of day, week, month, and year, moving companies adjust their pricing. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Avoid beginning and end of months
- Avoid weekends
- Avoid holidays
- Avoid rush hour
The aforementioned tips and suggestions can significantly improve the quality and success of your move. Here at Watford Moving & Storage, we have conducted countless moves over the 2 decades that we’ve been serving Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County, CA. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you pull off a smooth, successful move, please contact one of our helpful professionals today.