10 Reasons to Hire Professional Movers
Hiring an experienced crew to assist with your relocation can result in a stress-free moving experience. If you are considering hiring a moving company, the following are ten reasons to hire professionals to help with your next move.
#1. Peace of Mind
Planning a move can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Professional movers understand the best ways to navigate the roads and how to handle your belongings to keep them safe and protected. Knowing that your possessions are in safe hands will help to ease your mind on moving day.
A professional moving company will often be the most reliable option, rather than attempting to move with the help of friends and family. Professional movers undergo rigorous training to learn the best moving techniques so that they can keep your belongings safe.
A moving company will be held accountable for your move and will work to ensure that all of your belongings arrive at your doorstep safely. Relocating without the help of experienced movers gives you the responsibility of seeing that all of your belongings arrive safely, which can result in added stress during your move.
A moving company will be able to give you a date and time that you can expect all of your possessions to arrive at your new home. Many companies pride themselves on prompt, professional service, and by finding a good mover, you can expedite and simplify the moving process. Not to mention, they can squeeze your couch through that staircase much more quickly than you can!
A professional moving company will be more efficient at handling bulky items such as furniture or heavy boxes during your move and will be able to more efficiently transfer all of your belongings to the truck and, later, into your new home.
#6. No Heavy Lifting
Without proper training, heavy lifting can lead to back strain and other health-related issues. You can avoid all heavy lifting during your move by hiring a professional moving company to assist you with the process.
#7. Professional Inventory Process
Taking inventory of all of the items in your home can be a daunting task, but a professional moving company can handle that for you. This will help to ensure that all of your belongings arrive safely to your new destination without spending hours tracking each individual box or item in your home.
Hiring a moving company often results in a much safer moving process. Experienced professionals understand how to transport items that you may not—load and unload boxes, pack a lamp properly and wrap your mattress safely. To reduce or eliminate damage to your items, they use the right materials throughout the move.
#9. Experienced Movers
Experience counts in moving. An experienced mover will be able to address any concerns that you have and provide a safe, fast and efficient moving experience for you.
#10. No Hassle
If you’ve considered asking friends or family to help you move, it’s important to understand the risks and hassles that go along with that. Packing your whole house with the help of a few friends will be more challenging than if you hired professional movers to pack your boxes and transport them to your new home safely.
Choose your Dolly Wisely
Part of providing a excellent service is having the right equipment. When it comes to handling your appliances and furniture, we have to use specific dollies. Using the wrong one you may put your item at risk of being damaged, so our professional team always knows which one is right for each piece. Let’s take a look at some of the main dollies we use.
First, the appliance dolly – this is used for moving your refrigerator, washer, dryer, safes, and even book bases. Normally this dolly has a max weight of 600lbs. It may also be used to move heavy items up and down stair cases as these dollies may have having stair climbers on the back. This is the strongest upright dolly they make and is used for very heavy items.
Next up is the box dolly. This is a two-wheeled dolly that is used for lighter weight moving maximum of 300lbs on average. Its great for boxes, small appliances like a dishwasher. This is a great tool for quick transportation of items and saves us 50% on loading/unloading time. Instead of moving oddly shaped boxes by hand – we may use this type of dolly to save time.
Last, the flat furniture dolly is used for a max weight of 900 lbs or more. This is ideal for moving heavy items like large big screen TVs, tool boxes and even dressers. Even though this dolly is capable of carrying very heavy weight – it really depends on the item. Sometimes we will move things by hand if there is any risk of damage.
The Mighty Movers team is always properly equipped for any move. Our friendly, clean-cut team is efficient, professional, and fast. Give us a call and let us help you plan your move. You won’t be disappointed.
A Timeline Checklist for Moving
There’s certain tasks you should start taking care of in advance before you move. This checklist will help you get an idea of what you should start doing up to 8 weeks in advance!
Eight weeks before move
Start by calling a moving company if you plan to hire professional help. The friendly folks at Mighty Movers can assist you with the planning and get the job done right. With more than 10 years of experience – you can trust we will ask the the right questions to make your move go as smooth as possible.
Order moving supplies like boxes and packing tape online. You’ll save money and gas. The other option is to hunt down used boxes yourself. Put a line out to friends and colleagues. And you can always scrounge at grocery stores or other businesses.
Measure your new digs. It’s not worth bringing that recliner if it won’t fit in the living room next to your couch.
Four weeks before move
If you plan to donate or sell items, now is the time to get started.
Seem too early to start packing? Not if you want to save money and make things as fast as possible for the movers. Begin packing now.
Label boxes with major items and their destination room at your new place.
Two weeks before move
Fill out a change-of-address form online. Also notify credit- card companies, banks, insurance and utility companies of your new address.
A note about cable and Internet providers: Often, they charge a fee to transfer service locations. It’s worth calling and battling it out with them. It’s possible to get those fees removed through persistence, persuasion and assertion that you’ll change providers.
Confirm your reservation with the moving company (that’s us!). Make sure your paperwork matches theirs. There shouldn’t be any surprises.
One week before move
You should be almost completely packed by now. If not, don’t wait any longer.
Two or three days before move
Consider defrosting your freezer if the refrigerator is going with you. Also, if you can, disconnect your washer and dryer. That’s something that can take movers quite awhile. If it’s already done they have no reason to linger.
Day of move
Disconnect all appliances and bundle power cords and remotes. The moving company you hired should show up at the predetermined time. Before the movers leave, examine their inventory list.
Moving Day Playlist – Good Songs to Listen to While You Pack!
We found a great list of songs to play while you’re packing from themovingblog.com. These upbeat tunes will keep you energized throughout the process. Then, once you’re all packed – give the Mighty Movers a call to help with the transport!
If you’re moving by yourself or with a partner, take some time to think of your favorite songs with a positive vibe and a good beat to add to this moving day playlist. You may even have a few of these tunes in your music library. If you’re moving with kids, get them involved and add in some of their favorite songs so that they will enjoy the move, too. It may also help to create a couple of different moving day playlists, e.g., one for packing, one for driving to your new home, and one for relaxing after you get there.
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Alkaline Trio – Movin’ Right Along
All-American Rejects – Move Along
Audio Adrenaline – Starting Over
Beach Boys – I Get Around
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Billy Joel – Movin’ Out
Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
Blink-182 – Going Away to College
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Segar – Night Moves
Bon Jovi – Who Says You Can’t Go Home
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Colin Farrell – Gone, Gone, Gone
Cream – Crossroads
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our House
Daft Punk – Around the World
Dave Matthews Band – Drive In Drive Out
Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going
DJ Ayres – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield Remix)
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Flo Rida – Let It Roll
Foghat Slow Ride
Foo Fighters – New Way Home
Gladys Knight – Midnight Train to Georgia
Grateful Dead – Truckin’
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
Ja Net DuBois – Movin’ On Up (Jefferson’s Song)
Janet Jackson – Runaway
Jay Z – On To The Next One
Jet – Get Me Outta Here
John Denver – Take Me Home
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
Kiss – New York Groove
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Lipps Inc – Funky Town
Ludacris – Area Codes
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It
Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way
Sheryl Crow – Every Day is a Winding Road
Sublime – Wrong Way
Sweet – Fox on the Run
The Beatles – Ticket to Ride
The Black Keys – Goodbye Babylon
The Cranberries – Dreams
The Eagles – New Kid In Town
The Eagles – Already Gone
Willie Nelson – On the Road Again
Young MC – Bust a Move
Moving Blunders to Avoid
Occasionally while you are packing, you’re mind tends to wander off. You think about the moving process and bills, and all the sudden it’s time to meet your friends for a quick bite to eat. Moving blunders cause aches and pains and they normally happen during the packing process.
How do we solve this problem?
Start off with a plan. Making a list of priorities can almost immediately turn frowns upside down. Here are some moving blunders that are easy to avoid.
*Packing too much per box.
: Make sure that when you pack, you are aware of the amount that goes in the box. Packing too much can cause the box to rip from the bottom and cause damage to what’s inside.
*Heavy items in large boxes.
: It’s a common mistake. Heavy items however do belong in small boxes. To be on the safe side, it should be the ONLY thing inside the small box to avoid cracks.
*Not taking advantage of what’s around you!
: There are plenty of free resources that are right under your nose! To save money on packing, search for free boxes at local stores or the mall. Newspaper and old magazines are also free packing items that you can use to cushion fragile items from breaking.
*Forgetting to change your address.
: Don’t miss previous bill statements, family invites or subscriptions. Call or go online to the US Post Office to forward all your mail.
Be sure to also find a moving company that is experienced. Mighty Movers has a friendly staff of superheroes that will take care of your belongings as if it were their very own.
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Do-It-Yourself Moving vs. Hiring Professionals
If you’re like some, you’ve probably avoided hiring professional movers and instead relied on friends and family to help with relocation. Yes, it may be a bit more of an investment to hire professionals, but in the end, it’s an investment worth making. Here’s 6 great reasons why – and let’s take it one step further and assume you will make a smart choice and hire Mighty Movers.
We are Fast.
If time is of concern to you, hiring professional movers makes a lot of sense. Friends and family may mean well, but in my experience, they can make a move take a lot longer than it needs to be. Pros know how to get people moved quickly and efficiently.
We Show Up at the Same Time.
It can be hard to get friends and family to coordinate their schedules. This means that you may have to settle for having your move completed in shifts. Again, this takes up time that you could use to work, unpack, or complete other projects.
We Bring a Truck.
Even if it’s a local move, we will bring a truck that is the right size for your move so you don’t waste time driving back and forth between your old and new homes.
We Bring Tools.
Movers will bring hand carts, hand tools, and other things that make moving easier – no more waiting around for your cousin to run to the hardware store to pick up a screwdriver so you can take apart your bookshelves.
We are Careful with your Belongings.
Not only are professional movers more likely than amateurs to know how to protect your belongings during a move, you won’t have to deal with any post-move awkwardness if one of them does manage to drop your grandmother’s antique mirror.
You Don’t Have to Feed Us.
It is only polite to feed friends and family when they help you move. If your move takes place in stages, you’ll have to provide multiple meals. The cost of these meals adds up, so be sure to consider these courtesy meals when comparing the cost of professional movers to a DIY job.
We could go on, but these reasons should be more than enough. And, with the customized pricing that Mighty Movers offers (not to mention the friendly staff) – you really have no excuse not to make the right choice.
Create a Portable Moving Planner
Moving to a new home is often overwhelming because there are dozens of tasks, calls, and coordination to keep track of. There’s the scheduling for specialists like the handyman, voice mails from Realtor or landlord, to-do lists related to the move, and keeping track of all the details for everything in between. One excellent way to keep all your ducks in a row is creating a “moving central.”
So what is a moving planner?
In short – it’s a business planner or moving notebook solely dedicated to your move. This is more important than boxes and tape. Find one at the local office supply store with big pages, one page for each day, and make sure it has business card holders, zipper pouches, and receipt envelopes.
How will you use it before the move?
You’ll track phone calls, make notes on houses you’ve toured, and gather phone numbers for the new close friends you’ll make — all those realtors and rental agents and mortgage people, your awesome Mighty Movers (that’s us), and handymen you’ll come to know intimately in the coming weeks. Tuck all business cards into their own little slots for easy reference. Make notes of the days you’ve spent tracking down things like the tile man – with dates and times. Cram snippets of flooring and wallpaper, paint swatches and drapery goods into a see-through zipper pouch for at-the-store decorating reference. Dedicate one receipt envelope for those fix-up-the-old-place receipts. Another receipt envelope holds receipts generated by house-hunting trips and travel to your new home. Stuff everything in there, and you’ll thank yourself at tax time!
How will you use it after the move?
After the move, you’ll use Move Central to schedule appointments to turn on your lights, water, cable and other essentials of life. If a neighborhood mom mentions a good plubmer, note the name and you’re ahead of the game! Tuck a local map into a flap or pocket, and you’ll always be able to get yourself where you’re going — even if you don’t always get there very directly.
Treat Move Central as just another body part — it should be with you always. Ladies – put it in a big purse. Guys – just figure out how to carry it. You’ll develop a permanent dip on one side of your body from the weight, but hey, it’s temporary. Having all your information in one place right at hand is key to a smooth and sane move.
Why Hire Pros? Infographic
We found this great little infographic on Visual.ly that shows some impressive moving statistics – as well as some advantages of why you should hire professional movers. Check it out!
Is your move Tax deductible?
If you meet the criteria, the IRS will allow you to deduct the cost of transporting your effects to a new location with professional movers (that’s us!).
Keep in mind that the the IRS will only allow moving deductions for job-related reasons. This can be a new job, a transfer or even a first job. but deductions are NOT granted because you like the weather better someplace else. Also, if you are moving as part of a job relocation and your employer is covering all of the costs, there won’t be much to deduct. If not, you’ll want to make sure to keep track of the costs that the IRS will allow you to take.
A few other things that may be deductible:
Any costs to connect and disconnect utilities because of the move.
The cost of transporting your cars and pets to a new home.
You can also deduct for personal belongings that are not stored at your old residence.
The cost of storing your belongings for no more than 30 consecutive days after the move is also a deductible expense.
You can deduct lodging expenses for one day at your old residence after your belongings have been moved.
For more details regarding the specific parameters of the criteria, take a look at the full article here.
8 Tips for Moving Day – Smart Advice!
So you just arrived at your new house or apartment. If you decided to hire the Mighty Movers team – you’re already in good shape! So what’s next? Below are some GREAT tips for settling in. Remember, we also have a comprehensive list of packing tricks moving checklists to help you out.
Survey the Space
Before the movers arrive, we suggest you get the lay of the land. Plan where you’d like furniture and decorations to go prior to the movers arriving. You’ll be able to more easily and quickly direct the *Mighty* movers if you already know where to place that large couch in the living room.
Plan Outlet Usage
Keep in mind where you’ll need to plug in electronics as you design your rooms. The further away from an outlet, the longer the cord and the more likely you will find it in your way. If possible, you should try to decide where TVs and electronics should go so you can tell the movers (that’s us) what room they go in.
Unpack quickly to get situated so you can begin living in your new home instead of walking around a maze of boxes. The longer you take to unpack, the more exhausting your move transition will seem.
Clean even if it looks clean
Clean, clean, clean. Even if your previous owner or landlord “cleaned” before you move in, make sure to give your new place another go at disinfecting. It never hurts to get those areas like the kitchen and bathroom (and carpet) more than once.
Change the Locks
It’s hard to know how many people had access to keys to your new doors. To be safe, change your locks. You’ll feel safer and not have to worry about any curious old tenants.
Check for Rodents or Bugs
While not pleasant, checking for rodents and bugs before moving in your furniture is not a bad idea. Depending on how the previous owners treated their property, you may find a call to the exterminator is worth it.
Save Your Moving Boxes
Environmentally friendly and cost effective go hand-in-hand when it comes to saving your boxes. If you’re someone who moves often, you’ll definitely want to flatten and tuck away your moving boxes for future use (or even for friends or family to borrow down the road for their move).
Meet the Neighbors
The first few days at your new home might be hectic, but try to meet the neighbors within the first 2 weeks. You’ll never know who may be a new friend or who can offer tips about your new neighborhood or who you may need to borrow a cup of sugar from. Plus, as a safety measure it’s good to be aware of the people around you to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your home.
Moving to a new home can be exciting, and it can also be overwhelming – especially if you decide to do everything yourself. The fast & friendly crew at Mighty Movers is always available to help with any size move – as we say – “Big or small. We do it all!”