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.
Tips for Hosting your Moving Sale
One way to reduce your costs (and the volume of work) before your move is by organizing a moving sale. On moving day, the movers will have less work to do, which in turn, saves you money! Here are a few tips that will make the process a success.
Organize before the sale
Go to every room in your home and explore the wardrobes, drawers, shelves – everywhere. Do not forget the basement and attic as well. Set aside the things that you want to keep, and create piles of things you are leaving behind in each room. Some will be thrown away, donated, or recycled but now is the time to say goodbye. Make decisions and stick with them.
Double check with your city & advertise
Before announcing officially your sale, check with the local authorities about restrictions, permits or taxes that apply when organizing a moving sale. After that advertise your moving sale. Before setting a date keep in mind that you will need a few weeks for the preparation. Then go to local websites and publish announcements in the local newspapers and online. In the advertisement write the day, time, place of the moving sale.
Set Prices and be open to negotiation
Make a list with everything for sale with the price next to it. That will make your organization easier. Be ready to make a deal. People who come to your moving sale will be willing to negotiate the prices with you. Expect this in advance and price some bigger items accordingly.
Share with a neighbor
Share the event with a neighbor or check in the newspaper if there is another moving sale any time soon and join it. In that way you can help each other and share the costs and experience! The bigger the sale, the more likely people are to stop by.
Items left over from the sale? Use Craigslist! And be sure to include pictures. Research shows that someone is much more likely to buy something in a classified ad if they see a picture first. Since this may take some time and effort – only post things that are more than $50. For smaller items, you may want to consider donating them to the Salvation Army or a similar resource.
4 Moving Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid
When preparing for relocation there are a few mistakes that can make your move unreasonably more expensive. In trying to simplify things for you and find ways to help you save money we have prepared a top six of the most common moving mistakes. They will help you stay organized during your relocation and keep the costs down as well.
Considering that a self move is cheaper than hiring a moving company.
When you are moving yourself you have many things to take care of: hiring a truck, paying truck insurance, paying for the gas, hiring moving labor, buying boxes and other packing material, packing, loading/unloading the truck, etc. Try to calculate each one of these costs separately and you may be surprised to find out that actually hiring a moving company to do it all is cheaper.
Not organizing your relocation in advance.
Decide early on how you plan on moving (and we certainly hope you’ll keep Mighty Movers in mind) – that is at least 2-3 months before moving day. Doing things in the last minute may leave you with no choice for reputable movers and you may end up paying more than you need to. One of the most common moving mistakes can be easily avoided if you just take your time in the moving process to organize it well. You can find a great moving checklist on this link.
Not planning the right time to move.
The summer, holidays, weekends, beginning/end of the month are very busy periods for the movers as people relocate a lot. One of the mistakes people do when moving is not researching the costs for moving at different times. During those busier periods moving companies may apply higher charges.
Not showing everything to the movers.
When the moving company representative arrives at your home show them everything for moving. Go through every room in your home and draw the person’s attention to easily breakable items. The movers also need to know what is the access to your home, the flights of stairs to climb, is there going to be an elevator available on moving day, will you use extra services like crating and storage.
VIDEO: Your friends are NOT professional movers
Calling your friends over to watch a game. Sure. Calling your friends over to have dinner. Why not?
Asking your friends to move your furniture. NOPE! This is what happens when you decide to invite your friends to help move. Make the smart decision and give Mighty Movers a call instead!
Tips for Setting up Your New Space
When moving to a new space the majority of us feel completely ungrounded until we get settled in. For most people, your new home doesn’t really start to feel like “home” until you’ve placed the art on the walls and have found the right place for treasured objects.
But what if you’re having trouble with deciding on an arrangement for all of your furniture, plants, tables, etc? Here are a few tips from Care2.com that may help!
1. Stop and stare
Just sit in a room for 15 minutes and fill the room with your energy, stretching it out to connect to all the objects. Just sit and be and look for a while.
2. Sketch it out (no art skills required)
Draw the room and Imagine different scenarios of furniture configurations, placing first the larger pieces of furniture. Make sure they are in a position where you can see the door, and not turned with their back to it. This is called the empowered position and you will find you enjoy being in the room more when you can see the action from where you are sitting.
3. Break the rules
Be creative and don’t limit yourself to the perceived obstacles. For instance, you don’t always have to put the sofa across from the fireplace. If you really aren’t into the fireplace anyway, place the sofa in the place that works and create another smaller seating area in front of the fireplace. You can dictate what you want the room to be; you don’t always have to let the perceived limitations dictate it for you.
4. Keep moving things around
Move the furniture around until it feels right. The best way to do this is to get magic sliders, or if you live in the Dallas area or Austin Area – give Mighty Movers a call!
Evaluate Potential Landlords
As you plan your move to a new apartment, it’s a good idea to see if your new landlord has a true commitment to serving you. In other words, will your landlord really take care of you when you need it? It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the home is safe and maintained, but unfortunately, many landlords try to keep costs low by minimizing the staff and postponing repairs.
No one wants the hassle of dealing with a unethical or unreliable landlord, especially if the tenant has to go through the trouble of suing the landlord or the expense of terminating the lease early. Fortunately, there are ways that tenants can identify and avoid bad landlords in the first place.
An obvious clue to identify a bad landlord is the condition of the property. Most landlords try to get the property in the best condition possible in order to impress potential tenants. But, if the apartment already appears to be of low-quality, that is a sign that the landlord isn’t responsible and isn’t willing to make an effort. This is bad news.
It’s all about attitude (and research)
Many tenants get an unsettling feeling when they first meet a disreputable landlord. If the landlord does not behave in a professional and courteous manner, this is a sign that the landlord does not have good character. Google can be a handy tool in identifying bad landlords since frustrated tenants often voice their negative experiences. Many websites list user reviews of apartments. If none are available, you could consider approaching one of the current tenants to ask about his or her experiences.
Understand what you’re signing
Before signing a lease, learn your legal rights. Prepare for the worst. As a tenant, you should be prepared in the event that the landlord turns out to be irresponsible. There’s nothing wrong with making a list of “What Ifs” and asking the landlord what would happen in each situation. Remember, this will be your HOME, so you need to know what to expect!
List of 15 Moving “Hacks”
When it comes time to move, every little tip can save time. We found some “gems” on this infographic and we wanted to share them with you. It might be a good idea to save the link for future use!
You may be surprised how useful and clever these hacks can be! So check out the graphic below.
Moving Fragile items and Valuables
If you’re like us, you like to do things “right” – and sometimes that means having a bit of patience. Fragile items take a long time to be packed the “right” way. Generally speaking – each item should be wrapped in bubble wrap, linen or newspaper individually and then placed in the moving box. Sound like fun? Not so much. You will need lots of patience. Here are some tips:
Starting with the kitchen, you’ll have plates, china and glassware. It’s best to buy boxes for dishes which have dividers inside and make the packing much easier. If you want to use the standard moving boxes, it is fine, but here’s how to do the packing. Wrap cups with plain paper or bubble wrap – if it’s fragile and thin, wrap in two layers of it. Then put the cup inside the box with its bottom up. Always put the bigger items on the bottom with enough padding in the void spaces. The idea is to arrange the boxes in a way that nothing inside is moving during the transportation. As a last step – label the box with: “fragile” and “kitchen”. This way the movers will know to be extra careful and take the box straight to the kitchen at your new place.
After you deal with the kitchen breakables, proceed with all the little fragile items that you have in the kitchen and living room – framed photos, glass shelves, etc. The same rule for packing applies to them – each item should be carefully wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper and placed over some linen inside a box. You can put various fragile items inside the same box (from the kitchen, bedrooms and living room, for example), but then label the box properly too.
When it comes to valuables, the rule is that they should be travelling in your vehicle, not in the moving truck. This ensures that you can take extra care of them and minimize any sudden movements that may occur in the a moving truck. Such items include expensive china and artwork, antiques, heirlooms and all sorts of items with sentimental value. Prepare enough boxes and packing material for them and think how to make space for them in the boot.
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!”
Moving supplies on the cheap!
Why buy new supplies when you can get them free? Think about neighbors, friends, colleagues who have recently moved. You can leave a message at the message board at work that you are collecting packing materials left from other movings. Newspapers, magazines, sheets left from before – collect them as packing supplies to wrap things up. You can expand your approach. Use towels, bed linen and blankets instead of buying new packing materials. All towels you won’t be using can become handy when packing. Blankets are good to put in the truck between the furniture in there.
And what about boxes?
Start with the nearest options around you – your neighbors, colleagues, friends. You can even write in your social network profile that you are searching for moving boxes that someone doesn’t want. Get free moving boxes online by also searching on Craigslist. Choose your city and see what people are offering in your region. Another website like Craigslist is Freecycle. Banks and offices usually have boxes as well – all you need to do is go and ask for them.
Box Run instead of Beer Run
One more option for getting free moving boxes is to go to liquor stores. They usually have strong boxes from alcohol bottles and they can spare them for you. You can also visit local supermarkets.
A word of caution
Just make sure that the boxes you take are not broken, dusty or moist because this will make them unsuitable for a move. Also any second hand boxes you take it is advisable to tape around its walls and the bottom and after being packed and sealed tape again. You can get free moving boxes but use as this as a precaution.