5 Quick and Easy Moving Solutions

shutterstock_225493300If you’re planning on moving to a new home, then you’re going to have to figure out how you’re going to go about doing it. There are a number of different moving options out there, all of which have potential pros and cons depending on what your specific needs are. The following are five quick and easy moving solutions to consider:

1. Use your own vehicle

If you don’t have that many possessions, then you may be able to get everything moved with a few trips back and forth in your own vehicle, especially if you own a larger vehicle, such as a SUV, pickup truck or mini van. You may even be able to get a friend or family member to help out as well so that you don’t have to make as many trips. Of course, if you do have a lot of things to move, then this may not be the most practical solution.

2. Rent a truck

You can rent a small moving truck yourself for a relatively affordable rate. You will have to load up the truck on your own or with the help of friends. It can also be a little more challenging if you’re on your own and your making a long move – in which case you’re going to need to find someone to drive your vehicle for you as you drive the truck.

3. Rent a trailer

Another option is to rent a trailer that you can fill up and then attach to your vehicle. This makes moving a longer distance much easier since you won’t have to worry about getting your vehicle to where you’re going.

4. Hire a moving company

A moving company is probably the most convenient option, although it’s typically the more expensive option as well. A moving company will save you a ton of time since they will move all of your belongings, from your boxes full of books to your heavy furniture, into and out of the truck for you. If you do this on your own, you could end up hurting yourself or damaging your belongings. Movers are experienced and properly trained, which also means that they will move your things quickly and securely. Even if something is damaged, a reputable moving company will have insurance that will cover the damages.

5. Use a pod

Last but not least, you can also rent a pod. A pod is basically a movable storage unit that will be dropped off by your home. You can then take your time moving all of your belongings into the pod. Once you’re finished, the company that rented you the pod will come pick it up and deliver it to your new home, where you then have a specific amount of time to unload.

These are five moving solutions that you can use. Choosing which one suits your needs best depends on numerous factors, including your budget, your schedule, the distance you’re moving and the amount of belongings you have.

5 Tips to Help You Compare Moving Company Prices

shutterstock_116616892Whether you are moving home or offices, you need a moving service that can provide quality for the right price. When comparing prices of several firms, it is important to look beyond the headline.

 

1. Know What It Is That You Need

You want to get the most accurate quotes possible, so you need to be as specific as possible about every aspect of your move. Provide the exact location that you are moving from, where you are going and how much there is to move. Provide details of access, stairs and other possible difficulties if you can, including aspects such as parking restrictions, narrow entrances or one-way streets. All of these conditions determine the size, type and number of vehicles, the size of the crew, and the length of the move itself.

2. Find Out Exactly What the Price Includes

Ensure that the quote you are given includes everything that you need. Get the quote in writing and check that there are no extras that need to be paid for separately, such as mileage costs or higher rates if the move takes more than a pre-determined amount of time. Also, check whether the quote is for the full move, or is set at an hourly rate. While an hourly rate may look cheaper at first, it can turn out to be more expensive in the long run, particularly if you are moving over a long distance and need to take traffic and other hold ups into consideration.

3. Check for Insurance

All moving companies should have public liability insurance to safeguard themselves, their clients and the general public. Many also hold insurance that covers your items while they are in transit, which reflects in the higher upfront cost you are quoted. However, when comparing prices consider the possible costs of using a company that does not offer insurance. How much would it cost to repair or replace your items?

4. Look Out for Optional Extras

Many moving companies offer full service that includes packing materials, packing your things and unpacking them for you at your new address, all of which can be useful if you are pressed for time, or find the process difficult. However, these are optional services that add to the cost of your move. If you can do the packing yourself, you are likely to have access to much lower prices.

5. It Is Not Just About the Money

When comparing prices of different moving companies, you need to look beyond the financial aspect. You want your move to be as smooth and stress-free as possible, so you need a company with experience and expertise. Take the time to look at reviews of the company’s service and ask questions about how they hire and vet their staff. You can also ask for testimonials or references to ensure that you are making the right decision.

If you follow these tips, you are bound to find a high-quality moving company at a price you can afford.