Moving to a new home can be very simple. However, some moves require special services, also referred to as accessorial services within the moving industry.
Extra services could include:
Packing/unpacking – professional packers pack and unpack your belongings.
Bulky items – Pianos, pool tables, motorcycles, etc. are considered bulky items. They are heavy and hard to maneuver.
Expedited service – Receiving delivery on a guaranteed date.
Stairs – Flight charge is common above a certain number of stairs. Check with your moving company.
Elevator – Elevator charges are common in the city. More time is spent loading and unloading an elevator when done more than once.
Long carry - If your items need to be carried above a certain distance from the moving truck to delivery location.
Shuttle service – If a large moving truck cannot park by your home, a smaller shuttle truck will need to be used.
Extra services are charged at an additional cost, on top of the estimate provided from your moving company. Before the movers pick up your items, you might have already arranged extra services; therefore they will already be included in your estimate. In some situations, extra services are necessary without prior knowledge, due to unforeseen circumstances. Knowing what the extra services mean will help you better understand what you are being charged for.
Screening Moving Companies
Moving home can often require having to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, either locally or across the country. Naturally, you want to be guaranteed that the company you hire will provide the best service possible.
To choose the right moving company for your move, it’s a good idea to screen any company you are considering. As the moving industry continues to grow, unfortunately, moving scams do occasionally happen. To avoid hiring a fraudulent moving company and being a victim of a scam, check each company thoroughly! Start by finding moving companies that service your area and are able to deliver to your new destination. Friends, family, coworkers or the Internet are good places to get recommendations.
Look at the website of each moving company for professionalism and services offered. Any reputable moving company will have their DOT number available. Check licensing and insurance of all the companies you are considering. Read customer reviews and check company ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Once you have done your research, eliminate any company that is not satisfactory. Speaking with the moving companies you have shortlisted, and receiving written estimates is the next process in screening the moving companies you’re thinking of hiring. Ask as many questions as needed to make sure you understand was your move involves.
How To Move Plants
Moving to a new city, state or country? This could determine if you’re able to move your plants with you.
If you’re moving locally, to a new city, or doing a DIY move across the country, then moving your plants is possible. If however, professional movers will be transporting your belongings long distance, or you’re moving internationally, you will need to find a new home for your plants.
Before you start packing your plants, take the time to understand state and federal regulations. For in state moves, this will not apply. However, for moves out of state, contact the Department of Agriculture to find out regulations for each state. This is especially important if you will be traveling through multiple states. Some of your plants might not be permitted to cross state lines. Fines are given for any plant not permitted. It is advised to leave these plants in their original state.
For plants that are permitted across state lines, you may be required to have them inspected. Allow yourself 3-4 weeks to get your plants ready for the move.
To prepare plants for a move, make sure they’re in pots that cannot get broken. Keep plants trimmed, as it makes moving them easier. Water as normal and be careful not to over water, as weather conditions when you’re on the road could affect and damage the plants. While you’re in transit, make sure plants get enough shade, daily sunlight and water when needed.
How to Downsize Before Moving
Moving home, especially long distance is a great opportunity to reduce your belongings. Before you begin packing your boxes and wrapping furniture to be moved, go through each room in your home to see what items you no longer need.
Depending on the quality of your stuff, a lot of it can be recycled. Having a garage sale, or selling your items online is a great way to reduce and recycle your belongings. If you’ll also be donating, there are many charities and donation drop offs. Some organizations can even pick up your belongings.
If your garage, attic, or basement is being used as a “storage” room, go through these areas first. They can later be used as a space to house the items that you no longer need. The process of downsizing and de-cluttering can make you feel much lighter and make your move easier. As you go through your belongings, decide what can be donated, sold at a garage sale or online, given to friends and family, or thrown away. If you’re indecisive about certain items, ask yourself: will it suit your new home? Can it be replaced? How often do you use this item? Is it valuable or hold sentimental value? Does it need repairing? Could someone enjoy it more than I do?
Taking the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of what is no longer needed, will save you time during the packing and unpacking process, and reduce your moving costs.
Planning a Garage Sale
As many people begin to live more minimalist lives, clearing out material items from the home, and reducing the amount of things we own, has become the goal. When beginning to prepare for a move, this can be the perfect opportunity to go through all your belongings and only pack what you use, or cherish. One way to lesson your load is to plan a garage sale prior to your move!
Arranging a garage sale does take some planning.
Firstly, choose a date to host the sale. Weekends are typical for garage sales and begin early in the morning, with the “professional” bargain hunters arriving at the beginning of the day, and locals stopping by throughout the day. Advertising your garage sale will need to be done, and is a very important aspect of attracting people to the sale. Before you begin advertising online and putting up signs around the neighborhood, check with your local city to see if a permit is required, or if any specific guidelines must be followed.
While you’re going through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to discard, this is a great time to keep aside all the items you plan to put in the garage sale. Any items that are prohibited, or dangerous cannot be sold at a garage sale. If you plan to price your items prior to the sale, make sure to have some stickers or tags available. Alternatively, you can name your price on the day of the sale.
Reducing your items for a long-distance move