At some point all of us make a move. It’s a stressful prospect, but there are a number of things you can do to make moving more enjoyable. There are also service providers that can make the process a whole lot easier as well.
If it’s time to make a move you may want to call a few of the service providers below.
Let’s start off with the most obvious service provider – moving companies. Most families are going to need the help of a moving company in some way, even if it’s just renting a truck to do a DIY move. For cross-country moves, specialists like Get Bellhops or North American Van Lines are often needed to get everything transported safely.
During the busy summer season, good moving companies get booked well in advance. It’s best to do your research early on and schedule moving services at least a month before the move. When searching for movers make sure your final pick is fully bonded and insured.
If you have to move on short notice, or you simply hate boxing up your entire home, there are professional packers that will do it for you. In one day a packing team can get just about everything done while you handle other logistics.
This service isn’t going to be cheap, but it does take a lot of work off your plate. You also have to be okay with perfect strangers handling all of your belongings. For that reason, you’ll want to make sure the packers are licensed and insured. It’s also best to go ahead and pack up your valuables on your own.
If there’s a time gap between your move out and your move in or if you’re moving into a smaller space and haven’t downsized yet, you may need to rent a storage unit.
This is something that should be worked out in advance if you’re working with a moving company. You might need to make time on moving day to stop by the storage unit, which the moving company will need to plan for in advance. Like moving services, during the summer season there may be fewer options to choose from. Climate control may also be needed if you have fragile items that will need to be stored for an extended period.
Cleaners and Landscapers
When you leave your old house behind it will need to be cleaned. Renters in particular can’t forget this step or you run the risk of losing a portion of your deposit. If maintaining the yard was a stipulation in the lease landscapers may be needed to clean up the exterior as well.
It helps to clean as you go. For instance, if your packing plan is to go room-by-room then clean the house room-by-room as things are packed. When you don’t have time (or the inclination and energy) to clean after the packing a cleaning service comes in handy. Many companies offer what’s called make-ready cleaning. It’s a deep clean that covers every square inch of surface.
When you move, utilities have to be shut off and turned on, which can’t be left to the last minute. Utility services are limited depending on where you live. If you’re just moving across town there’s a good chance you’ll have the same utility providers and have to simply switch your service.
Give your current utility provider at least a few weeks notice and play it safe by scheduling the shutoff for the day after your move. Conversely, it’s best to set up the new utility service so that the electricity and water are turned on the day before the move.
Internet and Cable/Satellite Providers
Anyone who works from home or has kids knows that any gap in Internet service can wreak havoc. Whenever possible try to schedule set up for the morning after the move. The service provider will need access to the home, but moving day is just too busy to coordinate the hookup. Plan on using your hot spot and data on moving day.
Moving is a stressful time. Take any and all help you can get to lighten the load. For everything else you can’t handle, there are professionals that can help.