Do impending moving costs set off your Stress-o-Meter? No worries! The key to saving money on your move is saving time – and our Move Concierge Sarah has a few tips to help you do just that!
In a previous blog post, I attempted to answer the unanswerable question, “How Long Will My Move Take?” In this blog, I hope to offer more time-saving opportunities which, in this case, also means saving money! If you’re on a tight budget, there are a few things that you can do to shave a little time off of your move. As we’ve mentioned many times, being prepared is the key to a quick and smooth move. Preparedness is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but here are some specifics you can look out for:
Tape is your friend. Be sure to tape your boxes closed. Moving boxes that are sealed by crossing the flaps will most likely result in damaged items or spilled belongings. Taping your boxes before the movers arrive is a quick way to save time, so that you’re not asked to re-seal your boxes while the move is in progress.
Draw the assembly line. Disassembling and reassembling furniture takes up a lot of time. If you’re tight on cash, you can disassemble and reassemble your own furniture so that that movers don’t have to.Make sure to keep track of the screws! You can put them in labelled baggies and tape the baggies onto the piece of furniture for safe keeping.
Check for any loose items. I know we have practically beaten a dead horse with this “loose items” thing, but it really is the biggest cause of moving difficulties! A good rule of thumb is: if it isn’t furniture, it needs to be boxed up. If you’re not fully packed when the movers get there, they’ll have to wait until you’re finished before they can start. Tip: Take the lamp shades and light bulbs out of your lamps to keep them from getting broken.
Disengage and dismount. Dismounting the TV from the wall and unhooking your appliances yourself will save time. These kinds of things are best done by the people who hooked them up or electricians. If the movers are asked to dismount your valuables, you will be asked to sign a waiver and the movers will need to spend the extra time ensuring that these special items are treated with extra care. Tip: Unhook the washer and fridge ahead of time so that the water can drain out and not leak on the floor during the move.
A simple unload. When unloading, our movers will put everything exactly where you want it. Certain boxes in the kitchen, no problem. Upstairs, no problem. Want to rearrange the furniture? No problem. But this takes more time. If you are really strapped, have the guys simply unload everything onto the first floor. After they leave, open a bottle of wine, turn on some tunes, and enjoy re-making your home.
Remember that we want to give you a stress-free move. Stress factors differ from client to client. Some people are more stressed with the physical act of moving and some people are stressed by the cost. We want to custom fit your move to your lifestyle. If you’re looking for less work, leave the majority of this stuff to us. But if you’re tight on funds, these tips could help keep down the costs. Happy moving!
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