Planning a residential move no longer needs to involve getting a bunch of friends together and loading the back of an SUV, truck, or car with all of your worldly possessions. Nor is a residential move limited to hiring movers to load and unload boxes and furniture. Now, residential moves involve a host of services from the basic move to turn-key solutions! 

The Decision-making Process

Remember, not every move is the same. What you need will vary based on your moving parameters. Some key things to know before calling residential movers include:

  • Move distance — moves within the same city or state may require different add-on services than multi-state or international moves.
  • Move size — moving a small apartment is very different from moving a multi-room townhome or home. Often, smaller moves have more options you can use to get your things from point A to point B.
  • Move duration — do you already have access to your new place? If so, you can potentially eliminate things like short- or long-term storage options.
  • Preparation time — are you the type of person who slowly packs over time so all things are boxed or packaged by the time residential movers show up? Or, are you one who leaves everything to the last minute and needs some help? If you are the second, you may consider adding packaging services.
  • Types of things you are moving — now, you can also have non-standard items moved, as well. These may require special handling (i.e., bulky items, hazardous material, outdoor equipment ) or even be the transportation of one or more vehicles that you don't plan to drive yourself.
  • Other needs — make sure to list any other things you would like to have as part of a move; these may be available so be sure to ask!

Finding Your Mover

Now that you have your criteria, prioritize what you must have versus what you would like to have as part of your moving experience. Most importantly, set a budget for your move. White-glove, full-service, end-to-end moves can quickly add up. If you can't afford the services, you shouldn't consider signing up for them.

Next, research the companies that have the services that you need. Don't just research online, either. Call and get quotes. Many moving companies offer virtual quoting based upon a list of questions that you answer and can give you several options from your base requirements to additional nice-to-have (or necessary) services. However, if you have a complex move, ask about on-site estimates to make sure you have the best information contained in your quotes.

All that is left is to make your decision and hire a company like Worth Moving!