As one of life’s most stressful events, moving to a new residence takes patience, organization and help from professionals who care about your home and belongings. We spoke to our good friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company to answer some common moving questions, from expenses, to prep and the big day.
Why should I hire a professional mover?
Hiring a professional mover delivers exceptional value on a day that can be otherwise very stressful. Moving can be both emotionally and physically draining, and handling delicate or bulky items during the move, as well as packing and unpacking for moving requires specific moving skills. We highly recommend turning to professionals for this, as you would for many household needs such as plumbing and electricity.
What factors will be considering when estimating the cost of my move?
Professional moving companies should provide you with a free estimate. The cost of your move will depend on many factors: the day of the week you move, the time of the month and time of year you move, your inventory, the drive time the movers need to reach your home and destination, and several other factors. We recommend calling as far in advance as possible to ensure availability and to begin your preparations early.
What can I do to ensure my belongings end up in the correct room during the move?
Choose a simple labeling system (for example, “MBR” for Master Bedroom) and make sure that all your boxes are clearly marked. Boxes should be labeled on the top and on three sides. Your movers should work closely with you at the destination to make sure everything ends up where you want it.
What do I need to do to prepare my appliances for my move?
You should make certain that your dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer are empty. Additionally, movers are not trained electricians or plumbers; you need to arrange for the appropriate professional to disconnect your washer, lighting and chandeliers, and refrigerator from any electric and/or water connection. Most importantly, movers are not licensed to disconnect gas, which power many dryers and ovens.
What if I haven’t finished packing by my scheduled moving day?
If your moving day is rapidly approaching and it becomes clear that you will not be fully packed, it is critical that you inform your move coordinator as soon as possible. He/she can work with you to make the best possible “plan b” for packing. This may mean having the movers finish your packing or, if you have the flexibility and we have the availability, pushing back your moving day to allow more time to pack. If you have only a small quantity of items left to pack, your movers can often complete this on moving day. However, it is important to understand that this will add time to the job and, therefore, add to the total cost of the move.
Do the movers take time off for lunch? Do I need to provide lunch for them?
Moving is a physically taxing job, and your movers will need time to eat during the day. On a local move, any time the movers spend eating lunch will be deducted from your hourly bill. As for providing lunch, it is not required, as the movers often bring lunch or will find somewhere to eat along the way. However, water and/or sports drinks for the movers are always a welcome (and appreciated) refreshment!
Is it possible to move during inclement weather?
Yes. Movers and moving trucks are prepared to move during rain, sleet, or snow. They come equipped with supplies to keep your belongings safe from the elements. However, to keep costs down, we recommend you shovel, rake, or otherwise clear the access ways in preparation for their arrival.
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