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Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Productive Move - Part 1

January 31, 2020

You did it! Took the plunge; opened the next chapter; decided you're ready to embark upon the next adventure. You're moving!

Whether you're picking up and starting over in a new province or heading right down the street, a move is a serious endeavor. To pull it off successfully and efficiently requires a lot of planning, a good moving team, and plenty of boxes. If you're not quite sure where to start, don't worry—that's why we're here.

The experts at Highland Worldwide are going to walk you through the moving process from start to finish. With our insider secrets and professional packing and moving services, you'll be on your way and settled into your new home before you know it!

Step 1: Hire your movers.

Let's be honest, not everybody considers hiring a moving company to be an essential step in the moving process. When you picture moving day, you probably imagine a group of your friends coming over to load boxes into a rented moving truck in exchange for a sheet pizza and case of beer. This is certainly an option, but not if you want your move to be as easy and efficient as possible.

Why should I hire a professional moving company?

Your primary concern when it comes to using a moving company is likely the cost. It's difficult to convince yourself to pay for something you think you and a few generous loved ones can do for free. So, are professional movers really worth the money? Yes! Here's why:

Reduce stress during your move.

Reaching a new milestone in buying a new house or moving to a new city is a thrilling and rewarding experience! The moving process itself? Not so much.

When you have an expert team to handle the details and coordinate the logistics for you, it frees up some space on your plate to prepare for this big change in other ways.

Don't worry about the heavy lifting.

Nervous about fitting your sectional couch through the narrow entryway of your new house? With trained and experienced movers, you don't have to be! They know how to pack, load, transport, and unload every bulky piece of furniture and box of fragiles you have—safely, swiftly, and skillfully.

For the sake of your belongings and your lower back, leave the hard labor of moving to the professionals.

Save money with a moving company—yes, really.

You might be surprised to realize that when you add up the costs of DIY moving and compare them to using a professional team, hiring a moving company usually ends up costing you less! Moving on your own means renting a truck and buying all the tools, equipment, and supplies you need to pack, load, and secure your belongings for transport.

With a moving company, you get all the resources and labor you need for one convenient price—it's like buying in bulk! A lot of companies (like Highland Worldwide) also offer packing services, so you don't have to waste any money on boxes, bubble wrap, tape, or anything you'll just end up throwing away in a few weeks.

How do I choose the right moving company?

Now that you understand the importance of having a professional team to simplify and expedite the moving process, you need to know how to choose the right one!

Start with doing a little independent research online. Read through their website to gauge their experience and look at online reviews of their services. Once you've narrowed it down to your top pick, speak with them directly to ensure you have all the information you need.

Ask these 10 questions before you hire a moving company:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How many years have you been in business?
  • What is included in your services?
  • Do you have the right equipment?
  • Will you provide the supplies?
  • Do you offer packing and storage services?
  • What is your timeline?
  • How do you determine the cost of the move?
  • Can you provide an estimate?
  • Are there any additional fees I should know about?

Is there anything else I should know about hiring professional movers?

After you determine that you've found a quality, reliable business, don't waste time waiting to book their services. People are constantly relocating, which means if you make plans and preparations before securing a moving company, you may not find anyone available that fits your timeline.

The last thing you want is to be unexpectedly left without any dependable help when moving day is just around the corner. That's why hiring a moving company is the first step to take in preparation of your big move. Keep in mind that summertime and the end of the month are the busiest times for movers.

You should also be aware of this list of items that movers will NOT transport:

  • Aerosol cans (spray paint, hairspray, oxygen tanks, propane, fire extinguishers, etc.)
  • Perishable foods
  • Chemicals & solvents (household cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, nail polish remover, paint & paint thinners, varnishes, etc.)
  • Plants & hazardous plant care materials (including fertilizer, weed killers & pesticides)
  • Batteries
  • Charcoal, kerosene, lighter fluid, fuel, gasoline & oil
  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Fireworks & matches

Stay tuned for details on the next step to your successful move from the experts at Highland Worldwide.