Get a Head Start – Don’t wait until the last minute to begin the moving process. Pack whatever you can, as soon as it is convenient. The sooner you begin, the less work and the less stress you will have on moving day.
Moving your pets can add stress to any move. Moving companies are not permitted to handle living creatures, nor are buses or trains. You will either need to move your pets yourself or hire a professional company (recommended when traveling long distances over an extended period of time) to handle the well-being of your animals for the duration of your move.
Regardless of the distance, you will be traveling, you will want to consider your pet’s comfort and safety throughout the relocation. Be sure to have a sturdy, comfortable carrier for your pet. Familiarize your pet with the carrier several days (or even weeks) in advance.
If you are moving across state lines or with exotic animals, there are several things you need to take into advanced consideration:
Moving yourself, versus hiring a professional company, has certain advantages and disadvantages. Of course, you will save a considerable amount of money, however, you will likely end up trading those savings for additional time and effort. Actual savings and added effort really depend on the details of your move though.
If you are moving from a small home and/or to a local destination, this can definitely be the most cost-effective, quick, and simple solution. Call in some favours to your friends and have your moving plan ready to execute on moving day. Remember to try to pack as much as you can ahead of time, if at all possible.
If you are moving from a large home and/or to a distant destination, moving yourself will definitely be a significant amount more effort and time, in turn, possibly costing you more money.
Today moving companies offer a multitude of services above the basic loading, transporting, and unloading of your belongings. Extended services now include packing your belongings, the sale or hire of packing materials, unpacking, cleaning, and the setup of your new home!
Choosing a company to trust with all of your possessions can be difficult though. Here are some tips to guide you in selecting a reputable company in your area:
The largest moving companies are Allied, Mayflower, North American, United Van Lines, and Van Lines. They all offer long-distance moves across the country and will quote your move at no cost to you. Each has a website where you can get general information on moving, and also estimate your move time and the cost to use their company.
It is important to understand the moving industry. It is a tough business that always carries the potential risk for damage of cargo. Customers are rarely forgiving when it comes to their personal possessions, so you can imagine that most moving companies will have some complaints or negative reviews. Websites like Moving.com can help you identify local companies with the best reputation and a minimal amount of negative feedback.
Moving costs can range drastically based on the distance of the move and the amount of furniture/belongings being transported. Other variables that affect moving costs include the time of year, how much lead time was provided to the moving company, and who will be doing the packing and unpacking.
Getting multiple quotes can mean the difference between getting a reasonable price and becoming the victim of a moving scam. Be sure to discuss any and all circumstances that could add additional costs to your final bill with your moving company during the quoting process.
I am currently an Affiliate Broker at Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty and have been an active member of Greater Nashville Realtors since 2009. I came into the business during a challenging time in the market. Through determination and a desire to succeed, I am now one of the top producing agents at Zeitlin Sotheby’s.