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Preparing For Moving: DIY Or Moving Company?

Once you have your new home lined up, the next big step to take is to move your items to that new house. Just like finding a new home was stressful, typically moving is also a stressful aspect of having a new home. From deciding what to move, when to move, and how to move, there are many decisions that have to be made. To help you make an easier decision when it comes to how to move, here are two methods to prepare for moving: DIY or use a moving company? DIY moving is when the homeowners or renters take it upon themselves to move their items to their new home. A moving company is a hired company used to move your items for you. What does it take to prepare for both options?

Do it yourself.

Moving by doing it yourself takes a lot of preparing and planning. It is not something to be decided upon spur of the moment. A person is going to need time, organization, and a little money.

  1. Start early and have a schedule. The key to making a do-it-yourself move successful is by starting early. What you do not want to do is procrastinate a move. That will cause more stress than is necessary. Part of starting early is making a schedule for yourself. It will provide you with goals and set you up to successfully have everything packed by the needed date. If you are a parent or a working individual, it can be difficult finding the time to pack. The schedule will make sure you give yourself the time. Make the schedule specific. It will help you make sure you do not forget to do any items and help you spread the tasks out over time.
  2. Rid your home of unnecessary belongings. The first item you should put on your schedule is getting rid of belongings that you no longer need. By doing so, you will decrease the amount of packing and unpacking that needs to be done. Look through your house and throw away, give to Goodwill, or host a garage sale for all of your unwanted items.
  3. Start packing. Once you have gotten rid of items you do not need to pack, you can begin packing the items you want in your new place. Packing should always include labeling. If every box is labeled, you will not have to worry about forgetting any items and your unpacking will be much easier.
  4. Ask people to help. There is no shame in asking your friends and family for help. But in order to not keep the relationships from being strained because of the stress involved in packing, make sure to have it planned out well. It may be easier to separate when people come to help out rather than having a large group that is hard to keep control over. Then, make sure not to overwork your friends and family. Provide them with some snacks while they work!
  5. Decide on transportation. Moving yourself does not mean that you simply pack up your own car and head towards your new home. The transportation you decide on to transport your possessions is a difficult but important decision. The most common options used are renting a truck or using a moving container. The factors that affect which one you use include the amount of belongings you need to move, the amount of money you want to spend, and where you are moving to. Research the moving trucks or containers available in your area, then make your decision based on what you specifically need for your move.
  6. Move. Once you have your belongings packed, friends available to help, and have your method of transportation figured out, you are ready for the big move!

Hiring a moving company.

The biggest way to prepare for hiring a moving company is by doing your research to hire the right moving company.

  1. Find moving companies. To start, consider asking your friends and family about moving companies they have previously used. If they highly recommend a moving company, write that down as an option for you. If not, you will need to start fresh. You can talk to your real estate agent, look online, or flip through a phone book to find available moving companies.
  2. Research the moving companies online. Once you have a list of different moving companies, look online for any available information regarding the specific company. Read reviews. Also check on to make sure that the moving company you selected is not a blacklisted company.
  3. Call the moving companies. Once you have completed a quick online background check, start calling each of the companies. If you do not already know general information about the company, then start with asking simple questions. Ask the company about where they are located, how long they have been operating, and whether or not they contract their projects out to others. The company must operate in your area, should be around for at least a couple of years (the longer, the better), and should not be a company that contracts another company for the actual move.
  4. Get an in-home estimate from each company. Once you have all of these answers, then you will need the company to provide you with an estimate. In California, the moving company is legally bound to provide you with a binding estimate. The estimator is going to come to your home, where it is important that they see every belonging that needs to be moved. Any misunderstanding in what needs to be moved could cause you to have to pay extra when the move actually takes place. You will also need to provide them with any specific information about your new home that could cause the move to be more challenging (i.e. stairs, narrow doors, etc.). Before an estimator leaves your home, you should have an estimate of how much the move will be (including any extra charges), information on contacting the mover, moving license and insurance documentation, and a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” If a moving company does not provide you with each of these, their legitimacy can be questioned.
  5. Review the estimates from each company. Once you have estimates from multiple moving companies, you will need to review all of the information you have collected. Be cautious if there is a company that provided you with a much lower rate than all of the others. That most likely means that there are additional costs that you may be unaware of or that the company is not legitimate. As you look through the estimates, also take note of extra costs. These additional costs could cause your move to become highly expensive. If there are a couple of companies that seem to be providing you with a good deal, feel free to call them and ask for an even better deal. Moving companies have a lot of competition with one another, meaning that they are more willing to negotiate how much you will have to pay for a move.
  6. Check the licensing and insurance of the company. Once you select a company, you will want to make sure one last time that the company you want to hire is legitimate. They need to have licenses and insurance. The easiest method to check on this is by going Research your company and make sure everything checks out. A last step to ensure that the moving company is a safe option for you is through making a phone call to the FMCSA’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints hotline. They will have information on the complaints people have made about moving companies.
  7. Hire the company and verify the details.  If there are no complaints and everything with the insurance and licensing was credible, then you should feel good about hiring this particular company. You will want to verify the dates and specifics of your move. The company should provide you with confirmed documentation of your hire.
  8. Move. Once you have researched moving companies, been given estimates, found the right moving company for you, and checked their licensing and insurance, you are ready for the big move!

Moving by doing it yourself or by hiring a moving company are both good options. One way, you may save more money. The other way, you may save more time. But the best option is going to be the one that fits what you need, and whether you choose to move by doing it yourself or by hiring a company to do it for you, everybody is going to be able to experience the joy of settling into a new home!

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