You may think that calling a mover should be the first thing on your moving to-do list. However, after moving literally thousands of individuals and families over the past 15-plus years, we’ve learned a thing or two about doing things in the proper order to avoid stress and save time and money.
Here are three things you must do before picking up the phone to book your mover.
- Assess and Declutter.
Most people call movers BEFORE they take the time to declutter their existing home and determine what they’re actually moving with them. But here’s the deal: Your movers will give you a quote depending on how much you have to transport. You’ll ensure a more accurate (and lower!) quote, if you take the time to determine whether that grandfather clock and king-size bed will actually fit in your new space.
Likewise, if your garage is full of items you no longer want or need, selling or donating them will reduce the amount your movers will need to transport to your new home.
Bonus: You’ll also save money on moving supplies!
When you’re building out your move timeline, pencil in a few days for decluttering, sorting, selling, donating or just plain getting rid of items you won’t need in your new space. If you have time, you can even consider a yard sale to make some money for the move.
This process can be mentally, physically and emotionally draining. Helping clients through the process of downsizing, decluttering and purging before a move is one of our favorite parts of the job (and it saves you time and money in the end, when you’re not paying to pack, move and unpack items you don’t want).
- Plan your new space.
On moving day, your movers will be looking to you for direction on where everything will go in your new home. Knowing exactly where to point the movers as they’re hauling in that dresser or farm table will make things easier for both them and you. It also will help avoid setting down a heavy piece of furniture in the wrong spot.
Ask your realtor or someone at your new community for a floor plan (WITH measurements). This way, you can determine how each room will be laid out before you get there.
When we’re helping clients through this process, we go so far as to take photos of our clients existing homes, so that we can recreate certain areas in your new space. It’s one of our favorite parts of the job.
- Coordinate with your new community.
If you’re moving into a gated community or an assisted living community, you’ll want to make sure they’re ready for you and your movers. Before you officially set a date and book a mover, you want to make sure that your new home is move-in ready, and that any elevators you may need will be available that day. Plus, the more people are moving in the same day, the less room there will be for your truck.
Of course, we’re biased, but when you call a professional move manager FIRST, we’ll guide you through this entire process from start to finish, including creating a detailed timeline of your entire move from floor planning and decluttering, to getting you settled in and preparing your existing home for sale.
If you’d like to get in touch with one of our team members and schedule a complimentary consultation and quote, get in touch with us here.