Household Goods Transportation 

People are often overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing a household goods mover. It is by far the most stressful supplier decision that you will need to make, knowing that you will be entrusting these movers with all of your belongings. Your goal is to get a reputable company to perform a professional move, but because the moving industry is nary understood, it can create concern and mistrust. Understanding more about Moving Companies and how they operate can help alleviate some of your concerns.

Hiring Professional Movers

Hiring a professional mover or van line company may be a good investment to ensure that proper care is given to the movement of your household goods. But hiring a mover needs to be treated with caution; some companies can do more harm than good.

Your best way to be prepared to deal with a mover is to understand more. A ‘must read’ are ReloTutor’s sections on About Moving CompaniesMove Cost Drivers and the Goods Move Process.

Moving Yourself

Before you make the decision to move yourself consider this; the contents of a full four-bedroom home may weigh 15,000 to 20,000 pounds. That’s almost a full trailer truckload of furniture! It’s true that you can save a considerable amount of money, but sometimes it may be more trouble than it’s worth if you have a lot to move.

If you decide to move yourself:

  • Download and fill out the Move Inventory Form to get an understanding of what you will be moving with you and the size of the move.
  • Reserve a rental truck well in advance, especially during the summer months when demand for these trucks are high. Each rental agency has different pricing and contract terms, so you should shop around. One-way rentals are more expensive and watch out for hidden fees. It is always best to purchase some form of damage insurance in the event of a mishap on the road.
  • Ensure that you get the right size truck. For a few extra bucks it's worth getting a little longer truck than you think you will need. Depending on how efficiently you can load a truck, a small condominium or one bedroom apartment may only need a 15 foot straight truck, while a small house may need a 24 foot truck. If you need to go much bigger than that, consider using professional move assistance.
  • Packing boxes can be purchased in do-it-yourself homestores at very reasonable rates. Small boxes should be used for dishes, glassware and breakable figurines. Medium sized boxes should be used for most other items and are easy to carry. Large boxes can be used for clothing. Be sure to pack each box tightly to maintain it's structural integrity, but be cautious not to make it too heavy. Glassware and other breakables should be individually wrapped in moving paper, and expensive figurines should be bubble wrapped. Be sure to mark each box with it's contents and where it will be placed in your new home.
  • When loading the truck make a good foundation by putting the heaviest items on the bottom. Boxes should be grouped together and stacked in a 'brick-like' pattern for stability. Avoid crushing boxes by not loading heavy items on top. Furniture should be covered with furniture pads to avoid rips and scratches, and mattresses should be placed in a mattress bag to keep them clean.
  • Have an experienced person drive the rental truck to your new home. Know the height of the truck and watch out for low underpasses at bridges and fuel stations, and abide by state regulations for pulling into truck weigh stations.
  • Unload and return the truck quickly to avoid additional rental charges.  


The 3 Phases of a Successful Move


1] Properly research the new destination before you decide to move. Understand your financial and social impact to you, and download the free assessment form. Stressed Out by Moving


2] Learn about each step of the move process to get your move started in an organized way.


3] Manage transition and stress from the very beginning. Each family member needs to be fully engaged throughout the entire move to properly assimilate into their new environment.

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