A popular saying goes “Information is Power”. Obviously, this relates to politics, the internet and any other field of expertise that is fueled by information. Yet, the same can be said about moving. If you are planning on moving houses in the near future and you have a removalist crew coming in to help you with not only the heavy lifting, but also with everything else that may have to be done then you need to make sure that your moving crew is aware of the work that awaits them and give as much detailed information about the move as possible.
The more information your removalist has about the items that need to be moved, the building you currently live in and the building you are moving to, the better they can plan and the safer and more relaxed your move will be.
Here are some of the fields of information regarding your move that you need to tell your removalist about:
Some people may believe that informing the removalist about the type of house or apartment they currently live in is enough to make the move a smooth ride. However, not all single family homes are the same and not all apartments have 2 bedrooms. There have been cases when moving crews arrived in apartments, expecting a tiny place but encountering a workload that was twice or even three or four times as much as expected. Not only is that stressful, but it is also a serious blow to the plan.
Without knowing how many boxes, beds and sofas need to be moved, there is no way that it can be estimated correctly how big of a moving truck needs to be supplied and how many movers need to help with the proceedings. A removalist crew may plan to get a move done in only a half a day, but be forced to come back the next day to finish the much larger job. That is not only annoying, but it can also lead to serious complications and increased cost.
If you want to avoid the headache of having a moving crew that is visibly confused about the encountered workload, make sure to give as many specifics when it comes to the workload, as possible. In most cases, the amount of bed- and other rooms in the house or apartment will be sufficient information, but it may be safer to give an estimate of the square footage of the apartment as reference.
It is not uncommon that an item or two in a household require special attention and care in order to avoid breakage and other types of damages and hold ups. An especially large couch, for example, may lead to the need for a larger moving vehicle, an extra set of hands or two, or possibly tools in order to take apart the large and heavy piece of furniture. The more you specify extremely large or heavy objects, the better you allow your moving crew to plan for the move. A larger sack barrow may be needed in order to move the piece. Without having the right tools, manpower or moving vehicle, you and your moving team may encounter serious delays that can be costly and frustrating at the same time.
Some moves also include specially valuable items, such as high end electronics or antiques that aren’t encountered during the everyday move. These items may require special attention, transportation or other care that movers may not be aware of. Without this knowledge, you may see some of your most beloved items damaged and your move ruined. Tell your moving crew about such items and avoid more delays or costly damages.
Your old and your new location
Besides the amount of work and specialty items, it is also important for your moving crew to know what kind of building and terrain they will be facing. Especially older apartment buildings tend to have narrow staircases and hallways that can make the work much tougher or even impossible in some cases. If there is a reason to be especially cautious in order to avoid damages to furniture and the building itself, it is much better to be aware. An extra set of hands or more cushioning material for your valuable furniture and other items can make the difference between lengthy hold ups and smooth proceedings that see your move completed when it is supposed to be. The same certainly goes for your new location. You don’t want to dent the walls and doorframes on your first day in the new home. A move is already enough work as it is and having to repair your new home should be rather far down on your list of things to do first in your new home.