Even relatively small moves take a surprising amount of planning. If you've been through the process several times before, you know that failing to account for small details can make moving day substantially more hectic and stressful. On the other hand, if you're planning your first big move, you might not realize how much work packing up even a small apartment can involve.
In most cases, working with a moving company is the best way to help eliminate stress from your move and ensure you don't end up with any unexpected and unpleasant surprises. However, taking the time to get an estimate from one or more moving companies is even better. If you don't typically call around for estimates before your moves, here are three reasons to make this part of your planning process.
1. You Can Build a More Accurate Budget
Moving isn't just time-consuming; it can also be expensive. One of the easiest ways to find yourself extremely over budget on a move is to spend too little time planning, only to underestimate the cost of supplies or even hiring a moving company. Discovering these added costs at the last second is a great way to make your move far more expensive than it needs to be.
Calling around for estimates before moving will help you do more in-depth planning, allowing you to budget an appropriate amount of money long before moving day. While movers can't always provide perfectly accurate estimates, and unexpected costs can still crop up, getting several estimates is the best way to understand how much you'll likely need to spend.
2. You'll Understand the Logistics of Your Move
Many moving companies will offer in-person estimates. An experienced mover will be able to walk through your home and work out an estimate on the total weight of your move, how many boxes you'll need, which items will be most challenging to move, and so on.
These details can help you understand the logistics of your home so you can spend more time dealing with any potentially hairy issues, such as how to get oversized items through small doors. Hiring a mover at the last minute means you'll often miss these problems, and the extra time spent dealing with them on your moving day can mean higher costs.
3. You'll Have the Knowledge to Make Critical Decisions
Deciding what to keep, trash, and sell is always one of the most challenging parts of any move. Many people make these decisions based on what they think will be most challenging to move, deciding to leave behind items that may be too fragile or costly to transport. However, making these decisions without consulting your mover can mean making decisions based on inaccurate information.
If you schedule an in-person estimate, your mover can help you understand the costs of moving various items in your home. The more information you have about these costs, the better you'll be able to make informed decisions about what you should keep and what you should leave behind.
Contact a local moving service to learn more about moving service estimates.