Just like with anything else in life, there are always two ways to do things. The first way is to do things the easy way. The second way is to do things the hard way. Guess which way people do things? Most people do things the hard way because for the most part they don’t give themselves the time and the preparation to know how to do things more efficiently, cheaply and faster.
If you’re serious about making your move easier, here are five tips you can wrap your mind around so you can avoid the unnecessary hassle, expense and drama of bad moving practices courtesy of residential moving company Christos and Christos.
Figure out the stuff you can do on your own
If you’re really concerned about saving money, I don’t blame you. In this economy, it’s a good idea to save as many dollars as you can and the first step to doing this as far as moving is concerned is to figure out the stuff you can do on your own. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of stuff that you can do on your own. At the very least you can pack your own stuff. At the very least, you can label your stuff; you can put your stuff in boxes. That’s the very least that you can do.
However, this is not always possible because there is certain specialty equipment or materials that your home or office might have that require special handling. In such a case, it’s a good idea to get professional service providers to take care of such items.
Outsource the rest to professionals
The key to this tip is the word “professionals.” You must work with professionals. You must work with people that know what they are doing. You must work with people with a solid track record. Most importantly, you must work with people that do things in a methodical and a systematic way.
At the very least, refuse to do business who just happens to have a van. That’s not going to help you that much. If anything, you might just be setting yourself up for a nasty disappointment later on. Always focus on getting the best services from real professionals.
Spell out special instructions ahead of time
When you’re moving stuff, there are all sorts of stuff that the mover might not be aware of. Make sure that you are clear as to which items need to be moved with special instructions. If you don’t communicate this information with the moving professional that you contract with, chances are something will go wrong. If that happens, you only have yourself to blame.
Make sure you spell out special instructions ahead of time. A service provide can’t give you special services if you don’t communicate that you need such special services.
Decide if you need to insure your stuff
Depending on the kind of stuff you’re moving, it might be a good idea to get a special insurance. There are many insurance packages for people moving materials from point A to point B. While such insurance is not going to give you the full value of the things you lose, at the very least, it gives you some minimal level of peace of mind.
See if you can ship some materials ahead of time
If you truly want to save time and effort on your end, you might want to start the moving process several weeks in advance and get a lot of moving boxes. With that extra time, you might want to pack the low-hanging fruits and other obvious materials that you can move quite easily. You can use FedEx or UPS to move your stuff.
By shipping materials ahead of time, you take a lot of pressure off the formal moving period and you make things easier for yourself. Of course, these costs quite a bit of money and most Americans might not have this luxury available to them but if you are able to ship your materials ahead of time, do so.