At some point in your life you are going to have to consider moving, we all do. It can often be a stressful and tiring affair but for those who plan well and make the most of local moving services the process and pass easily indeed.
When you are planning your move it is vital that you shop around to find the best company. Prices can vary between companies but remember the cheapest one isn't necessarily the right one for you. Look for the company that has the right local moving service for you. There are often many local moving companies to choose from but finding the right one required a few things: Firstly make sure that they are a registered company (FMCSA) with all their insurances up to date. If they will not provide this information freely to you then move on and find a company that will. Secondly make sure that their staff is qualified for local moves.
Always keep an up-to-date checklist. You can either create one yourself or your local moving company should be able to provide you with one. You would be surprised at the simple tasks that can be overlooked during the stress of relocation. The checklist should be ticked off as the first thing you do as it should include quotes from local moving services, research of your destination reminders to change contact information and a whole host of other things.
There is no simple way to say it. Good planning is the key to any move. Whether you are moving down the street or across the country good planning will ensure that everything will run like clockwork and even those unforeseen incidents that can happen anytime anywhere are managed quickly and efficiently. Make sure that you have arranged with your local moving service the way in which the packing is to be conducted. If you have arranged for the movers to complete the packaging for you it is advisable that you don't simply pile everything into one place. Systematically go room by room and create a space for the movers to work in and label everything. This will ensure that fragile items or high value items can be handled with the extra care they need and more importantly are boxed correctly to ensure there is no damage during transit. If you are planning on packaging yourself then make sure you have the right tools for the job. Boxes are not just boxes. Specialist moving boxes are designed for extra strength and rigidity to reduce transit damage which can occur even during local moves. Consult your checklist inventory of your items to see the size and quantity you are likely to need even if you are only moving local locations.
If possible have a floor plan to your new home available as well as colored labels on boxes. This way the movers will know where to place each box upon arrival and save you a lot of heartbreaking searches.
Whether you are moving local or long distance be sure to empty out the dark corners. You would be surprised at the amount of space 'corner junk' can take up. Sheds, attics and basements are the prime suspects but also forgotten places like the top of wardrobes.