What is the first thought that pops up in your mind when it comes to moving? Trouble? Chaos? Wreck? Moving, as exciting as it can be, is a lot of work. From start to end you have to be sharp to enjoy a smooth move. There are so many details you have to arrange at a time. Moving an apartment is time-consuming and it can cost a lot of money. Here are some tips that can help you organize and experience a stress-free move.
Make a moving checklist
A checklist is usually underestimated, but do not make that mistake especially if you are moving out of state. If you make a moving checklist it will be easier for you to stay organized during the move. Include a “who to notify” list and include all government institutions and people you have to notify to make sure you won’t miss any mail. Cancel all local subscriptions and utilities, and inform all personal service providers. Submit a change of address form at the USPS website. Making a checklist will help you swap all of the moving related jobs timely and efficiently. Make your checklist as soon as you decide to move, set deadlines for the tasks, and make sure you keep them.
Find a reputable mover
Preferably, work with a full service moving company. The myth that the self-move option is a lot cheaper than using a professional company has already been busted. Not to mention the fact that you will need a lot more time to spend tackling the moving related tasks and there is a chance you could injure yourself while handling bulky items or damage your property, or both. Full service movers provide all the accessorial moving services you might need – from disassembling furniture, hoisting and packing, to the cleaning. When choosing movers:
· Check whether mover is licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (for interstate movers) and with the Federal Maritime Commission (for ocean transportation intermediaries, in case you are moving overseas). Make sure your mover is observing Agency’s rules and maintain the needed insurance.
· Look up credentials. Find out whether potential movers are affiliated with recognized associations such as the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and the International Association of Movers (IAM).
· Last but not least, do not skip the testimonials and the reviews. A reputable moving company will provide you with references from previous customers. Check whether those are “real customers” by contacting them personally. You can also check movers’ reputation online at reviews websites.
Do your homework and research movers thoroughly. Moving an apartment is easy when you work with professionals.
Moving an Apartment – Cost
Depending on what kind of move you are up to – local, interstate or overseas, the cost for moving your apartment will be calculated differently. By the hour if it is an intrastate move, by the weight if it’s an interstate move and by the cubic feet if it’s an overseas move. To reduce the cost of your move, you can consider downsizing because that is the most effective way to save money. You can sell or even donate items you haven’t used for a long time.
The final cost of moving depends on the accessorial services you request, too. Perhaps, full service moving companies charge for packing, hoisting (handling bulky items), storage and long carry. Licensed movers are obliged by law to provide customer a tariff upon request. The initial estimate will give you price for the moving service only. Get to know moving company’s rates about the additional services before making your final choice.
Manuella Irwin is a relocation expert at MyMovingReviews.com. She provides news from the moving industry and in-depth advice on moving related issues.