The idea of moving is often more appealing than the follow through. While moving to a new location, whether into a new home or new office may be an exciting, anticipated event, actually packing up your things, loading the moving truck, transporting your belongings, and unpacking all over again can be a burdensome, exhausting, and overwhelming process.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go about this task alone. With the help of professional, residential movers, you can have peace of mind knowing your move will be as safe and efficient as possible. Before you hire residential movers, however, keep the following tips in mind:

   1. Know what belongings are being moved.

You don’t need to have a collection of fine art or rooms full of world-class artifacts to qualify for the assistance of residential movers. As a professional moving service, most companies have experience moving everything from small personal apartments to large corporate companies. Before you go about hiring a specific company, however, you should take inventory of your belongings and have a general idea of how you’d like your items to be moved. Not only will this help you find a company that specializes in your particular needs, but you’ll also be able to provide the moving service with specific details regarding your belongings and expectations.  

   2. Inquire about protection and insurance.

Similar to getting insurance when renting a car, most residential movers should offer two types of valuation protection with their services: full value protection and carriers basic liability. Full value protection may be costly but provides protection up to the claimed value of your belongings. Carrier basic liability is at no cost to you but only covers 60 cents per pound per item. Furthermore, you can also contact your personal insurance company about any moving coverage outlined in your basic property policy. You can also ask about getting specific policies on any special belongings that might be considered valuable to you such as fine art pieces or expensive jewelry. Having valuation protection and/or insurance coverage for your move can give you even greater peace of mind throughout the Process.

   3. Do some digging on residential movers.

Before you hire a specific moving company, do your research. Get online and read testimonials or reviews from customers who have used your prospective companies in the past. Did they have a good experience? Did they have moving expectations similar to yours? If there were bad reviews, what were the primary complaints, and do they apply to your situation? You can also use the internet to verify any existing licenses the residential moving company may have and to get an online quote for your upcoming move. The more you’re able to learn about the company, the better you’ll feel when hiring (or not hiring) them for their services.

Before and After the Move

In addition to taking inventory of your belongings, inquiring about insurance coverage, and doing your research on different residential moving companies, there are a few additional before and after tips that can help to make your move easy.

As exciting as the idea of a move can be, leaving the house that you worked hard to make a home, the home you raised a family in, or the home that you’ve made countless memories in can be difficult. You can make this process easier by doing things like creating a Pinterest board with decoration ideas for your new home, making a list of things you’re excited to check out in the new part of town, and visualizing you and your family nesting into a new place. You can also take a video of yourself and your family members talking about some of your favorite memories.

Before the moving company comes to load up your things, you should also consider taking some of the basic necessities to your new house if it’s within driving distance. Having your bathroom supplies, an extra set of clothes or pajamas, and the basic kitchen necessities at the ready when you move into a new home can make unpacking much easier.

After the movers arrive at your new house, you can make unpacking much easier if you have them put all of your boxes and belongings in their respective rooms. Instead of unpacking all of your things in the living room or kitchen, having them already in the right place when you start to unpack can make the whole process quicker and more efficient. Lastly, having an unpacking game plan is critical. Start with the rooms and belongings that are most important, like the kitchen, master bedroom, and bathroom, and leave the less-important areas (i.e. guest bedroom, bonus room, etc.) for last.

For a reliable, reputable moving company you can count on, contact the professional residential movers at Mesa Moving and Storage today to help with your move.