We all want to save and we are willing to do as much as we can in order to save money. When moving locally, there is a lot you can do but first things first…
Finish packing, don’t leave this daunting chore until the last moment. Packing always takes longer than you think and you would, most likely, underestimate the amount of boxes that you need to pack. Besides, you will find packing as the perfect opportunity to sort out and discard tons of belongings that were just lying there since you didn’t have the energy to go through it all.
Remember! In order to minimize damage, a professional mover would have a tendency to pack all items even on a local move. But you don’t! There are many cost saving acts you can take that would not be too strenuous and would lower the cost of your move. Start by moving these first: Table lamps, mirrors, TVs, pictures, glass tops and artwork. Leave the large, bulky artworks and mirrors to the mover to pack.
Many people would start with the boxes. Yes, if you move the boxes you will save money, however, the amount of money you’d save is relative to the amount of work you put in. The savings is minimal whereas leaving the boxes to the movers is the opposite: you would save more by doing less.
Feel like saving even more? Start dismantling beds, dresser mirrors, table legs etc. and tell the mover that you would put them all back together. If you have bookcases remove the shelves, remove the pins from the holes and wrap the shelves. Remove floor lamp’s shades and pack them in a sturdy box.
Prep your home! Yes, a professional mover would most likely protect your floors and carpets but make sure to ask. Remind the movers and insist on the valuable protection, but this is something that can also be done ahead of time in both houses.
To pack or not to pack, that is the question. Most customers ask about the content of dresser drawers, especially in local moves. After all, it’s so close and would require so much extra work on your behalf if they need to be packed, right? A typical answer a mover would give when asked this question is to use common sense. But what does it mean?
Upon surveying your home, prior to the move date, a mover could advise on that issue, however if such a visit did not take place, here are some important facts to think about:
- A dresser, when carried down the stairs or fit into an elevator has to be standing upright on one of its sides in order to fit, or worse, when down or up a staircase the movers would rest it on its corners where it is most vulnerable to completely collapsing when handled roughly. It’s heavy weight causes maneuvering to become more difficult and cumbersome and may cause the movers to hit walls as they’re going up and down a staircase.
- If no stairs nor elevator (even and especially indoor stairs) it can be left full.
- Ikea dressers must be emptied out.
- If a heavy triple dresser, empty it out.
- Taking the drawers out makes it more inefficient and could damage the drawers in transport. The safest place for drawers are in the dresser.
- Lacquer furniture must be emptied.
- Dressers with trims must be emptied.
Used boxes, yes or no
On a local move you could certainly use boxes, bags, or suitcases as long as fragile items are packed in a new double walled box. They need to withstand the weight on them even in a local move and if caved under the pressure of mounting boxes, the entire fragile content could crash. Basically a used box is going to crash but if clothing are packed in it, then that’s OK.
Most movers do not inventory your items on a local move since you don’t share the truck with anyone else and typically it is a same day move. If you care about box count you might want to inventory yourself prior to the move date although this has no legal bearings on the mover, it may make you feel more in charge of the process.
On a local move you would probably have the same team serving you from start to finish, unless the delivery is done on a different day than the pick-up which is also based on your availability, closing dates, length of the move and other restrictions.