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Tips for an Efficient Local Move with a Moving Company

Published by Chris Townsend

Trying to relocate on your own can be tough. When you don’t know anyone or you don’t have a truck to do it yourself, the best option may be getting the help of a local moving company. Using a moving company also frees up a lot of time for you to do the things you need to do during the move as well. Local moving companies like Three Movers are professionals in the moving industry. They offer expert moving strategies that get your belongings where they need to go at competitive rates.

What are the characteristics of an efficient move?

The most efficient move is a planned move. If you have ever tried doing something big without planning ahead of time, you may find that it is difficult to remember everything or you because easily frustrated. The same applies to a move. When you know that you are going to be moving, the first step is to start planning as quickly as possible. The sooner you begin the planning of the move, the more smoothly things will go.

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Declutter and Quote process

The more belongings you have, the more you have to move. The more you have to move, the more you have to pay when hiring local movers. When you know you are going to be moving, you should begin looking for things you can give away, sell, or trash. You should do this in the weeks leading up to the move. The faster you declutter, the easier it will be to receive a quote regarding your move.

Once you have an idea of the items you will be moving, start calling local moving companies to get a quote on your particular move. Most local movers will quote you based on the size of the move based on bedrooms. Utilizing a local moving service ensures that your belongings are moved quickly and efficiently. When you receive your contract, make sure you read it carefully to find out if any special fees may be applied after the move. Understanding your contract now will save you from any surprises later on.

Should you use professional packing services?

One of the perks of finding a local professional moving company is they often have packing services available too. The packing professionals are experienced in getting a home packed and ready to move in a limited amount of time. Most packing services cost about $25 to $30 extra per hour per professional. Depending on how quickly you are moving and how good you are at packing, this may be something you seriously consider investing in.

Most professional packing services include the supplies that will be needed to move your belongings. You will not have to worry about buying boxes or packaging supplies like bubble wrap for your fragile items. You will have to weigh out the costs of what you want to spend on packing your items. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment with minimal belongings, it may be more cost-efficient to pack yourself. However, for those larger homes, packing supplies can often cost more than the move itself. Hiring a professional to pack your belongings may be the better option. Here are some of the average costs of packing supplies in 2020:

  • Single Boxes for heavier items
    • Small boxes-$1.00 to $1.70 each
    • Medium boxes-$2.35 to $2.79 each
    • Large boxes-$3.00 each
    • Extra-large boxes for lighter weight and bulker items-$3.75 each
    • Wardrobe boxes with hanger supports-$8.00 each
  • Moving Kits
    • One-bedroom moving kit with 14 to 29 boxes, one roll of 55-yard tape, and a box marker for $69 to $90
    • Two-bedroom moving kit with 55 to 60 boxes, four rolls of 55-yard tape, one marker, and one box knife for $178 to $179
    • Four-bedroom moving kit with 86 to 119 boxes, eight rolls of 55-yard tape, two markers, and box knives for $311 to $404
    • Glass packing kit for crystal, porcelain figurines, and stemware is $10 to $15 per box with separating sleeves
    • Kitchen kit for dishes and glasses is $102
  • Additional items
    • Paper for wrapping items in is $9.00 per pack
    • Quilted pads for furniture and appliances to help prevent scratches are $8 to $15 each
    • Carpet dolly for moving heavy items costs around $35

If you are not skilled at packing, it may be beneficial to hire professionals to do it. They will make sure that all of your items are organized and put in the correct locations in the new home.

Transfer Utilities Ahead of Time

One thing that most people don’t think about until they start moving is the utilities and other house specific bills. Calling your providers a week or two in advance will allow them to send technicians to the new place and make sure the utilities are working correctly. Make sure that you take note of the dates you called and the date you informed them to switch the old place out of your name. You don’t want to be responsible for paying two separate bills.

The utilities most often transferred are:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Internet
  • Cable or satellite
  • Newspaper
  • Magazine subscriptions and other subscriptions

If the new place you are moving to is not set up for things like cable or internet, you will have to have a technician come and install it. You can schedule this to be done before your move so that the technician does not have to fight with your boxes.

Reliable Local Movers

Over 20 years ago, three college friends set out with a truck and formed a moving company. Today, this moving company has become one of the leaders in local moving options. Three Movers offers locations across the United States, making it easier to supply you with all the moving options you need. When you need to find a moving company with fair and competitive rates that offer full-service affordable moving solutions, call Three Movers for a free quote for your relocation needs.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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