What’s the most important thing people should know about moving when preparing to move?
They need to clarify to themselves and the removalist what kind of move to they want. How much preparation you put into your move really does dictate how your move will turn out in terms of cost and stress.
OK, have you got any tips that I could use to make my move more economical?
Sure, if you really want to save you can pack all the boxes yourself, dismantle furniture like beds and swing sets before hand and make sure everything is prepped and ready to go on move day.
Try and put everything that can fit in a box, in a box. Your job will run a lot smoother. Boxes are easy to stack on trolleys and will mean less trips to the truck which saves you money in the end.
A very important part when packing your items is labelling. Properly labelling your boxes makes it easier for yourself and your removal crew to know where to place the boxes. A permanent marker is crucial in this situation and make sure to label the sides of the box as well. It’s much easier to read when you have boxes stacked on top each other.
I recommend purchasing proper removal boxes or at least heavy duty boxes. Some boxes from hardware or stationery stores are not strong enough to handle a move because they just collapse under a little pressure. This increases the chances are damages occurring. Its also important to pack these cartons to the top so that they are solid and can take weight being placed on top of them.
Whats better, a quote or hourly rate?
That really depends on how much preparation you want to put into your move and what type of move it is. Long distant moves mostly only offer quotes but with a local move you can go either way. Everyone’s situation is different but if you are well prepared it normally works out better to go with an hourly rate. Important thing here is to be prepared.
Is it worth it to cover lounges and mattresses on a local move? And what should I do about my hanging clothes?
Yes definitely. Mattress and lounge bags protect your fabric items from dust and dirt. As for you hanging clothes you can either purchase port o robe boxes which is quite expensive or fold up the clothes and put them in a normal box. At MetroMovers we provide mattress bags and port o robes free of charge so you don’t have to worry about that cost.
Thanks for your thoughts Chris. We appreciate your response.
No problem at all. Thanks for visiting and all the best to those getting prepared to move.