Moving day is trying and tiring for the whole family. We realize this and we want to help you in every way we possibly can. Of course, the easiest way to accomplish this is to let us do the whole move for you. We can pack, move, unpack and arrange any extra services that your move requires. The hardest way is to hire a truck and do the moving yourself with the help of friends. This will require a great deal of time and an enormous amount of energy on your part. It can also be the most expensive way of all , as damage to your furnishings or the premises, or even injury to either yourself or to your friends can more than offset any monetary savings on the cost of your move.
To help you decide on the best move for you, here are some suggestions about arranging the "next-to easiest" way to move locally. By following our guidelines you can move by our professional team and save money.
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A local move is usually a move within the city or within a 50 mile radius in which the cost of the move is calculated on an hourly basis, and final costs are based on the actual time is takes to complete your move. Your belongings will determine the type of van you will need, the number of professional movers, plus any special services you will require. Additional costs for packing services, crating of special items, storage, travelling time, and transport protection will be included in the final bill. Payment for a local move is usually by cash or certified check on delivery.
Hourly rates can vary depending on the number of movers required to safely and efficiently complete your move and the day on which you choose to move. Peak moving periods are usually charged at a higher rate than non-peak period (i.e., the end of June, Sundays, holidays) and overtime rates may apply if your move carries on until late in the day. We recommend that you avoid the peak periods and try to plan your move for either mid-week or prior/after the June month-end rush! If it is not feasible and you must move during a peak period, we recommend that you book your move as early as possible with us in order to that we may reserve the crews and equipment that will be required.
If your move is a large one and it is expected to take more than 8 hours, your Consultant may recommend a 2-day move (loading your goods on the first day, keeping them overnight on the truck in our Short Term Storage Area, and delivering to your new home the following day). This will not only save you on overtime charges but also will avoid an exhaustingly long day which can be particularly stressful for you. Your Moving Consultant will advise you on the best way to complete your move.
Unless special services are required for your local move (packing, crating, storage, etc.), most local moves can be booked with us over the phone through our in-house Customer Service Representatives and Inside Sales Staff. Some of the information you will be asked is:
Depending on your answers to these and other questions that may be asked, we may recommend that a Certified Moving Consultant visit your home and discuss any special needs you may have. If yours is a simple move (i.e.., no packing, storage, crating required), we can usually book your move over the phone and a confirmation will be sent to you. However if special services are required, a Consultant will be pleased to visit you.
Your Moving Consultant has a handy checklist of things to do prior to moving day. Some of these handy reminders include:
Go through your drawers, closets, garage, attic, etc. and dispose of any items that you will not be moving. It can be confusing for the movers to try to determine what is and what is not to be moved on moving day! If some items are to stay with the house, clearly mark or indicate to the driver that the items are "NOT TO BE MOVED."
Your Moving Consultant can provide you, with a handy booklet on how to hold a garage sale to dispose of items that you no longer need. Remember that "One Man's trash is another Man's treasure!"
– Charitable Organizations
Furniture and clothing that you will not be moving can also be donated to various charitable organizations. Many of these organizations (Salvation Army, Sun Youth, Centraide, etc.) can arrange to pick up unwanted furniture items or clothing, if you phone them well in advance, and you can feel good knowing that they will be used for a worthy cause!
– Discarding Unneeded Items
Often we come across basements or attics that are full and the chore of discarding unwanted items can be difficult. There are agencies and companies who offer free pickup of used books, appliances/electronic items (working or not), as well as old furniture, at no charge. Your Moving Consultant can help you decide how to discard various items.
If you choose to do the packing yourself, you can check out our " Do It Yourself Packing Guide" which explains the various sizes and types of cartons you will need, packing materials (paper, packing tape, labels, felt markers), as well as a plan to get organized. We can also assist you with packing materials which you can pick up at our warehouse at a nominal cost. For larger moves requiring many cartons, your Moving Consultant can arrange to have the packing materials delivered to your home well in advance of moving day!
Before the van arrives, for your own peace of mind as well as their safety, we suggest that you arrange for someone to see that children and pets are kept out of the stream of traffic. and away from the van!
Leave all furniture in place, rugs on the floors, cartons and bundles in the rooms in which they were packed or stored. Do not dismantle furniture, even beds. Bedding can be put in cartons and replaced on the beds in your new home.
Make sure that all passageways are left clear and that articles required first in your home are shown to the Van Operator.
Check all cupboards, behind doors and all storage areas before the van leaves. See that everything that is to go has been loaded onto the van and that those items which were not to be moved are still on the premises.
Our men will lay loose floor runners and carpets, they will reassemble and place your furniture as required, and leave labeled cartons and bundles in the designated rooms.
When appliances have been reconnected (allow the TV
to warm to room temperature before turning it on and wait 4 to 6 hours before
plugging in your freezer), when the beds are made and everyday dishes,
utensils and perishable foods are put away, your new house is now "Home".
The rest of the unpacking can be done at your convenience.
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