The Complete Guide to Moving and Storage Service You Need
If the big move is just around the corner, you’re probably feeling a lot of different things. You may be excited for the next destination or worried about all of the little details.
Whatever’s on your mind, it’s important to alleviate as much stress as possible when you’re moving. Luckily, it is possible to have a hassle-free move, no matter where you’re headed and what you’re moving.
When it comes to Moving Day, it’s key to have the best moving and storage service lined up. Check out our guide to making sure you’ve selected the best moving service to suit your needs.
Then get started on contacting the best service near you today!
Guide to Getting the Moving and Storage Service You Need
1. Make a list of everything you need to move
Before you can pick your moving and storage services, you’ll need to weigh in on everything you’ll be needing to move.
This may seem daunting, but take it one step at a time. Consider making a list based on the room (i.e., office items, bedroom things, and kitchen essentials). You can even break down these lists into things that need to be boxed and things that need to just be moved.
It’s important to distinguish between what you’ll need right away when you move into your next place and what can go in storage.
When it comes to the things that you’ll need right away, write a separate list for valuable and important things you can take in your own personal vehicle. This includes medications, passports and personal information, toiletries, and clothes.
Keep this list handy as you prepare for choosing your moving services.
2. Get organized
You already have a list, which is the first step in moving organization. Next, make sure you have everything you need to pack and move.
Use your list as a guide to assess how many boxes you’ll need. We recommend either buying boxes or getting boxes from your local grocery or department store. It’s important to have more boxes than you originally anticipated, just in case.
Make sure you choose sturdy boxes that have solid bases and flaps for lids.
Once you’ve got boxes, load up on packing tape, scissors, and labeling utensils. Start labeling boxes based off of what items will go in them. Be as specific as possible, and consider labeling by room (i.e., Kitchen, Den, Bathroom).
3. Research your next destination
You’ll want to know everything you can about where you’re moving to before you hire a moving service.
If you’re moving to a new home, make sure you have all of the information necessary about when you can move in, when to get your keys, and where to park on the street for moving.
Get tabs on where the local hospital, fire station, and police department are. Identify where you’ll plan on buying your groceries, doing your shopping, and taking care of all other life needs.
If you are moving across state lines, be clear on what you’ll need to do to change your driver’s license and vehicle registration. If you will be driving long distances, get your vehicle serviced before you depart.
Make sure you file a change of address form to reflect the dates of the move.
4. Assess storage needs and options
Your storage needs will largely depend on whether you are moving locally or internationally. Luckily, there are numerous storage options available for any given situation.
Take a look at your “Storage” list. Consider whether your new place will have storage space for you to keep these items.
Based off of this list, make a rough approximation of how much volume these items will take up. This will be useful in determining your future storage space. Have this number handy when proceeding to the next step.
5. Decide between self and full moving and storage service
Now that you know what you’ll need to move and store, it’s time to decide whether or not you want to do it all on your own or if you want assistance.
Moving your belongings on your own can be tough, especially if you don’t have a lot of people to help you. It may involve hiring a truck or moving van, and you’ll have to do the moving yourself.
Hiring a full moving and storage service enables you to take a step back and have professionals do all the work. A full-service team will have all of the equipment necessary to handle your belongings with care and bring them to the next destination and storage unit with minimal hassle.
Self-storage and moving is definitely an option for the budget conscious. However, a full moving and storage service gets rid of the headaches of doing everything on your own.
6. Give yourself time
Once you’ve decided on what service you’d like, it’s time to set aside time for all of this. Start your packing as early as possible to eliminate any future stress.
It’s also important to block off your schedule ahead of time for Moving Day. If you’re getting full moving and storage service, you’ll want to be there to make sure everything runs smoothly and oversee final steps.
Make sure you take at least a full day off in order to accommodate for Moving Day, depending upon how much you are moving and storing.
6. Communicate about everything
If you do choose a full moving and storage service, it’s important to communicate all of your needs to the moving company up front. Be clear on your standards and make sure you get all of your questions asked.
Make sure your friends and family know that you are moving as well, for extra support. Get a head start on your move by meeting your future neighbors, and saying goodbye to your existing ones.
Getting Ready for Moving Day
Moving Day does not have to be a hassle. By following the right steps, you’ll be off to your next home with minimal headaches.
As you prepare for Moving Day, get organized and identify what your moving and storage needs are. You’ll use these to decide on which moving and storage service is right for you.
At Alero Moving, we go above and beyond when it comes to Moving Days. We offer professional assistance with all of your storage and moving needs at an affordable cost, no matter your next destination.
Let us know how we can help you with your next Moving Day!
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