Month: September 2019

Getting Organized When Moving Your Apartment or Office

Getting Organized When Moving Your Apartment or Office

Planning Process

If you’ve got a move on the horizon you can bet there’s going to be a lot of upfront legwork involved. And if you want your legwork to go as smoothly as possible it’s best to have a plan in place. Following are some tips to get you pointed in the right direction and keep you going until you get to your desired destination!

  • You’re going to have to first decide whether you’re going to move yourself or to find professionals. This is the single most important decision you must make since hiring a mover is not something you can prepare for or schedule at the last minute.
  • Get your change of address cards and post office notification ready. If you wait till you get to where you’re going there’s a good chance a short window of time will pass where you’ll be in limbo. Get the cards purchased and the post office supplies picked-up and at the ready to drop in the mailbox at the very last minute as you head from your old location to your new one.
  • Make a list of all the contacts you’ll need at your new location you know, utilities, cable, phone service, etc. Make sure you have contact information at the ready so you can act quickly and efficiently once you know the “turn on” dates needed.
  • The same holds true for “turn off” dates to the place you leave behind. To maximize your dollar in this tight economy you really have little excuse to have duplicate coverage.
  • Start paring down your possessions. Moving is the absolute perfect time to do this. Haven’t worn it or used it in over a year? Donate it or give it to a friend or family member. It’s that simple. This is also a good time to plan for a garage/yard sale so stash some extra cash that you’ll no doubt need on the other end, especially if moving to a different climate (for example: moving from SF to LA) and need some new wardrobe items.
  • Along with the paring down of clothes, furniture, and other possessions, now is a time to stop buying so much at the grocery store. Try to make do with what you have in the pantry to whittle it down as much as possible. There’s no need to try a new recipe that calls for the purchase of new spices when you’re about ready to move. Save the fun for your new place.

Hiring a Pro?

If you’ve decided that your move will best be handled by a professional moving service, there are some things that you need to consider to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

Plan to call at least three moving companies to compare not only prices but levels of customer care and service (since these will no doubt vary). It’s best to set aside a notebook to keep notes of questions you’ve asked and answers you’ve received.

Check the Better Business Bureau for each of the services you have elected to consider in the quotation process. If there is even one ounce of the doubt after you’ve read references and reviews, delete that service as a prospect and pick another to start researching. This is going to be a stressful time and the last thing you need is to be worrying about poor customer service or unexpected “back end” fees.

Eagle Movers advises asking specific questions about how various packing options affect price structure. Listen to the answers, and if you don’t understand them, ask for clarification. Ask this very pointed question “are there any special conditions about my move that will affect the price that we have not yet talked about?”

If you have unique items that need to be moved such as sports equipment, art, or unusually large or fragile items, make sure you discuss these with the moving companies. Also, should you have anything stored offsite make sure the estimator is aware of the items in as much detail as possible before they show up at the last minute and you expect them to be moved?

Ask specifically “what can’t be moved in the truck?? A lot of times moving companies will not/can not allow items such as landscaping chemicals, paints, open cleaning items, plants. Ask ahead of time so you can dispose of these items in an environmentally conscious way as possible.

The bids you receive from the various moving services will vary widely. As with most things in life, the cheapest is not always the best. Review your notes, look for strengths and weaknesses, and also listen to your instinct. It’s at this point that you should ask for references so you can call and get real-time feedback. Be leery if it sounds “canned.”

And last but not least, get a signed contract that stipulates everything you have discussed. If you had a conversation about “Grandma’s heirloom quilt,” make sure it’s in the contract.

On the day of the move, make sure you get the contact information for the driver as well as the main hub that will be keeping tabs on the driver’s progress. Arm yourself with contact information, and you should be good to go!