Moving between apartments is something that we all have to encounter at one part of our life. Some of us move locally, and some of us move internationally, regardless, the process is very similar. We think of hiring a removal company to help us with our apartment move, something that enables us to be able to free up our time when it comes down to sorting out everything else that we need to, to be prepared for the actual moving date. We have taken the liberty to be able to share a few essential tips when it comes down to your move:
- Create a moving checklist. It’s so tempting to be able to be borderline arrogant and think that we have it all under control when it comes to packing object A into box B to put into room C, however when it comes down to crunch time, more than often and due to nerves and worry, we tend to forget the big things, never mind the little things. Plus moving companies also ask for these checklists to be able to help you settle all your belongings in the right place. You don’t want your sofa being put into room D when it was supposed to be going into room E, and having the hassle of calling with movers again to do it for you, because it’s too heavy or complex to lift by yourself.
- Establish your budget. House moves are typically quite costly not only because of all the new rent that you may be paying in advance, not to mention realtors and attorney’s fees as well as coming down to termination rates when you may be having to end a contract early and you get charged. When you bear that in mind, set a couple hundred dollars aside to see which company can fit into your budget and aim for an affordable removals company. When you have already spent enough and you can find an affordable company that is able to provide you with outstanding service however on a budget, there is absolutely no need to pay $700 when you can pay $400!
- Call any companies that you have contracts with, such as your gas and electric as well as water, phone and broadband connections at least 2 weeks before you move and let them know that you will be moving, providing any final meter reads on the day you move out as well as any forwarding addresses. You do not want to be caught in a situation where you’re paying for something you are not using anymore, simply because you forgot to inform the service provider that you aren’t resident of that place, any longer.
- When you call the removals company up for a quote, always inquire if their quotation is inclusive of any additional taxes or not. With large, professional companies not always including the tax in the final bill, as a mover; do not be shocked when it comes to looking at the bill and not already being told by the company that the state tax or any other tax, was not already added. It’s best to ask in the beginning and if $400 is what you can afford, then you must make sure that without taxes, your budget is looking at around the $300-320 mark. It saves you time and energy knowing what you can afford, rather than just aimlessly calling different companies for quotes. A lot of the time, companies usually advertise their rates on their site, so it is always wise to check on there first.
- Find out if the company charges per hour, or if it is per flat rate. A lot of removal companies charge hourly, making them inexpensive when it comes down to local moves. If the half day rate is around $80 and per hour, the company is charging $25, then you’re looking at a saving of around $30, which may not seem like a lot however it helps in the long run!
Moving apartments is something that can seem very stressful in the beginning and yet when you follow these tips, you will come to realize how simple it actually is. Always look at the bright side of moving, you get to start your journey somewhere different with new and fresh experiences. Provided you do everything orderly and systematically, it will definitely make your move much simpler and relaxing.