If you're planning to move to a new house, locally or in another state, the first step is to talk to a moving company. You'll want a representative to come to your house to see how much stuff you have, so you get an accurate quote for the move. Plus, you'll want to know about the services the moving company provides and what your responsibilities will be. Here are a few things to discuss with your mover.
1. The Cost And Process Of The Packing Service
If you want the most convenient way to move, ask about packing services. The movers pack all of your belongings for you, so you only have a few things to pack yourself. The packing service adds to the cost of your move, so you'll want to know the price to decide if it's worth the extra cost.
If you're always busy, or if you're having a hard time getting off from work to pack and get ready for your move, then letting the movers pack up your home is probably worth it.
2. How To Prep The Appliances
Since your refrigerator and freezer may have food in them up to moving day, you'll probably be responsible for prepping them yourself. The movers may wrap the appliances for protection before moving them to the truck, but you may need to empty, clean, and dry them thoroughly before the movers arrive.
Make sure all of your appliances are clean and dry including the dishwasher, oven, clothes washer, and dryer. This prevents odors and mildew from growing if the appliances will be closed up for a few days during the move.
3. If You'll Be Able To Track The Moving Truck
If you're moving across the country, you'll be separated from your belongings for several days. You won't be able to stay with the truck since the trucks often carry loads from multiple families and make stops along the way.
Some movers offer the ability to track your moving truck online using GPS. You can check daily to see what city or state your truck is in so you can estimate the arrival more accurately and be ready for the truck to arrive.
4. What Things Are Not Allowed On The Truck
Nothing perishable or living is allowed on a moving truck. You'll have to move your plants yourself or give them away before you move. You can move your pantry items if you don't want to give them away, but you can't put anything on the truck that could spoil.
However, when considering if you want to move canned items, think about weight. A long-distance move is usually charged by weight. By donating the cans and leaving them behind, you might save a little on the cost of your move.
For more information, contact a company like Main Street Movers.