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How to Prepare for Hiring a Packing and Moving Company

Packing & moving to a new home is one of the most exciting and sometimes most stressful life changes that you can experience. You’ve spent a lifetime collecting keepsakes, books, electronics and other items, not to mention large items such as furniture and appliances. Moving all of your possessions to your new home can be a huge challenge and you may require help packing. Hiring a professional moving company is definitely the way to go. Although movers and packers do all the physical labor for you, there’s still a bit of preparation involved before you can hand the reins to the experts. This guide will help you get started.

 

Pare Down Before the Move

Moving to a new home is the perfect opportunity to get rid of items that you have accumulated. Any item that you no longer own is one less thing that you’ll need to move to your new home. So, seize the opportunity to remove some excess clutter. Raise some extra moving funds with a yard sale. Anything that you can’t sell, you can donate or simply discard.

 

Read Online Reviews of Moving Services

Before you hire any moving service, it’s wise to read about the experiences of past customers. Yelp and the Better Business Bureau are two good places to start. You can also research movers and packers at the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) website. Movers do not need to register themselves with AMSA, but it’s a positive sign if a mover that you’re considering is registered.

 

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Get a Copy of the Inventory

It’s a good idea to make an inventory of the items that you’ll be moving to your new home. Alternatively, you can have the mover create an inventory for you. Both parties should sign and receive copies of the inventory. If both parties are in agreement about the exact list of items being moved to your new home, it can help to prevent a dispute later. Having a written inventory is particularly helpful if you need the mover to store your items temporarily because your new home isn’t quite ready yet.

Prepare for the Estimate

No two moving situations are exactly the same, so any moving company that you’re considering hiring will want to visit your house to examine the items that you want to move to your new home. The mover will provide an estimate based on your situation. Before the visit, make sure that you know exactly what the mover will need to transport. You’ll also need to tell the mover if conditions at your new home will present added challenges. During the meeting, ask the mover about payment terms. Find out whether you can expect a discount if the mover fails to complete the move according to the promised timetable.

Lastly, find out whether the moving service does all of its own work or uses another company as a subcontractor for some services.

Learn the Packer’s Capabilities

If you plan to have the moving company pack your items for you, you need to know as much about their packing capabilities as possible. Does the company have the ability to pack fragile items such as framed pictures and artwork? Can the service move large appliances? Do they disassemble furniture before moving it? Learning everything that you can about a moving company’s packing capabilities can help you decide whether that service is the right one for you.

Prepare for the Estimate

No two moving situations are exactly the same, so any moving company that you’re considering hiring will want to visit your house to examine the items that you want to move to your new home. The mover will provide an estimate based on your situation. Before the visit, make sure that you know exactly what the mover will need to transport. You’ll also need to tell the mover if conditions at your new home will present added challenges. During the meeting, ask the mover about payment terms. Find out whether you can expect a discount if the mover fails to complete the move according to the promised timetable.

Lastly, find out whether the moving service does all of its own work or uses another company as a subcontractor for some services.

Learn the Packer’s Capabilities

If you plan to have the moving company pack your items for you, you need to know as much about their packing capabilities as possible. Does the company have the ability to pack fragile items such as framed pictures and artwork? Can the service move large appliances? Do they disassemble furniture before moving it? Learning everything that you can about a moving company’s packing capabilities can help you decide whether that service is the right one for you.

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Get a Copy of the Inventory

It’s a good idea to make an inventory of the items that you’ll be moving to your new home. Alternatively, you can have the mover create an inventory for you. Both parties should sign and receive copies of the inventory. If both parties are in agreement about the exact list of items being moved to your new home, it can help to prevent a dispute later. Having a written inventory is particularly helpful if you need the mover to store your items temporarily because your new home isn’t quite ready yet.

Obtain the Mover’s Commitments in Writing

Once you’ve selected and scheduled an appointment with a moving company, it’s likely that the company will want you to sign a contract. If not, ask for a written document detailing the exact services that the company has agreed to perform for you. The document should detail exactly what both parties expect from one another. It should describe the amount that you have agreed to pay and when payment is due in full. It should also describe the conditions under which the mover is entitled to request more money than the amount originally agreed upon. If possible, the document should also describe the conditions — such as failure to arrive at your old home at the appointed time — that may entitle you to receive a discount.

 

How Can We Help?

Are you planning to move to a new home in the San Francisco Bay area or elsewhere in Southern California? Our expert movers and packers can pack your items and move them to your new home safely and affordably. Contact us today for more information.

 

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