As the brisk housing market heats up this summer, remember that buying a new home means an upcoming move. And let’s face it, nobody looks forward to packing up and moving to a new place, whether across town or cross-country. But moving doesn’t have to be a drag — it can be easier than you think and, dare we say it, kind of fun.
A professional mover can carry you through the hard part while you focus on the challenges and opportunities of your new home. Pros have the expertise to get the job done quickly and safely.
Here are a few key things to look for when finding your mover match.
1. Check their credentials
Moving across state lines? Make sure your mover has U.S. Department of Transportation registration. You can verify their registration (along with their complaint history) at protectyourmove.gov.
2. Get all the details
Ask for a detailed price listing, known as a tariff. This will help avoid any hidden fees, such as going up stairs or moving particularly heavy items. It also helps both sides understand the scope of the job.
3. Have as much information as possible
Most movers will run through a checklist when you contact them. The more information you have available about things such as square footage and particularly hefty items such as pianos, the more accurate their quote will be.
4. Don’t pay a big deposit
In most cases, you pay the bulk of the bill on the day of delivery. Companies will often ask for a deposit when you hire them, but it should generally fall below $500.
Make moving easier
These steps can take a lot of pressure off your move.
1. Reserve well in advance
If you plan to move on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, make your reservation at least a month ahead of time.
2. Cover the floors
Your home will experience a lot of foot traffic and heavy hauling in a short time. Use moving blankets, plastic film carpet protectors, or even flattened cardboard boxes to protect the floor.
3. Protect walls and frames
Similarly, a momentary mistake can put a dent or even holes in the walls. Pad the covers or edges of your furniture, and use doormats, rugs or floor pads to protect hardwood.
4. Catalog trouble spots
Narrow hallways, small streets, strangely shaped corners and stairs (especially those that turn) all make a move more difficult and can increase the cost. Let your mover know about them early to avoid surprises for either of you.
5. Inventory everything
As you pack, keep a list of all items. A checklist will help you account for everything at the beginning and end of the move.