Choosing a company to help you move home is a very important decision, and one not to be taken lightly. This is why, for starters, you should get quotes from at least five different reputable Arlington movers. These should all be properly registered, as well as being actual companies, and not just brokers. To get a quote, someone should actually come to your property so that they know what you actually need moving. A telephone quotation is worthless, since each property is different.
The Effects of the Economy
After the collapse of the housing market, almost every part of the economy suffered. One great exception was the moving industry, however. With many people losing their homes, there was a huge demand for moving companies to help people get their belongings out of their foreclosed properties. Of course, people also wanted this to be affordable, since they had already lost so much. While some companies responded to this properly and actually offered new packages, it also saw a rise in shady characters, who are essentially nothing but van owners, to market themselves as moving companies. Unfortunately, these people continue to exist and you need to be able to differentiate between them. One way to do this is to look at price. While we all look for something affordable, finding a moving company that charges less than $75 for an hour is very suspicious.
Preparing for Your Moving Company
Once you have chosen your moving company, you need to also prepare yourself for their arrival on the day of your move. Different companies operate in different ways, so you need to have conversations with them in terms of what they want and expect of you. For instance, if you have hired a company to come in and pack all your belongings before moving them to your new home and unpacking them there, there is very little that you need to do. What you do have to make sure, however, is that everything is clean.
If you are supposed to pack everything yourself, and the moving company moves everything out of your home and into the next one, you need to do a little bit more. First of all, you have to make sure that all your big furniture items such as your fridge and any cupboards are completely empty. Secondly, you need to follow the company’s instructions in terms of what you can put in boxes, how much an individual box can weigh, and how to mark the boxes so that they are put in the right place.
Finally, if you have simply hired a moving company to transport your belongings from one home to the next, you have quite a lot of freedom in terms of how to pack. However, since you will also be doing all the heavy lifting, you really have to follow the same procedures as you would in the situation above, as you won’t be able to lift things otherwise.