Your family heirlooms and precious antiques are probably giving you anxiety. Not because you have them, but because now you have to move them. Whom can you trust with this precious cargo? With moving companies in AZ, you certainly have to be careful what type of company you choose.
Here are some tips we have learned from being in the industry:
You want movers who have experience moving antiques. Contact high-end furniture and antique stores and ask them what they look for in a mover. We are an approved mover for several of these types of stores in the Valley, but not all moving companies in AZ are. Call these stores and ask their advice. They will give it to you.
In addition to the recommendations from the furniture companies, think about who you want in your home? Do you want a happy mover who is recommended and taken care of by their company, or a mover from a company with a high turnover rate who is disgruntled? Seems like an easy decision.
An angry or overtired mover is certainly not going to treat your belongings with respect. If you are looking for moving companies in AZ to move your antiques, then you should definitely not go with the cheapest bid, and I will tell you why. Moving does have costs. Trucks, fuel, materials and wages are some of the costs a moving company faces. Here are some bonuses you get if your movers are treated the right way:
You would think that most moving companies in AZ would be extra-careful with antiques, but unfortunately they are not all great, and there is only so much quality you can expect for two guys and a truck at $49.95 per hour. Antiques tend to have a lot of intricacies in their design, and the wrapping process should take this into account
Stay on Site
You want movers that will go through your home with you on moving day while you point out the most delicate and special antique items. They should take note of everything that needs special attention. Yes, you pay movers by the hour, but they still need to take care with these irreplaceable items. Viewing the whole scene first will help the movers make your move efficient yet still careful.
Check out this endorsement from a fine furniture store in the Valley regarding our ability to move fine and antique furniture:
You hire movers because you want an easy moving process that is streamlined and less stressful than doing it yourself. In order to make sure you have a successful move that meets all of these criteria, you should make sure your Phoenix mover has a truck stacked with all of the necessities.
Your moving truck should come stocked with:
Two-wheeler: This is the traditional dolly that most people think of when it comes to moving. While these are indeed handy, your Phoenix mover should have a few more tricks up their sleeve when it comes to moving.
Four-wheeler: This type of cart is great for the extremely heavy or awkward load. Your mover should send out more than a couple movers at a time (for example, we like to send out three) but if there are only two, dollies can help with the really heavy stuff.
Door ramp: This goes in the threshold of door and serves many functions. It prevents damage to the step leading out of the door, and also to your furniture. A Phoenix mover should not drag your furniture on the ground, but a ramp will still make walking and transporting your furniture easier.
Door jamb pads: these are one of the many protection items that a Phoenix mover should bring on any moving job. It is crucial that your doorways are protected from bumps and nicks that can occur while moving. Your doors and furniture will be grateful!
Carpet protection: With a Phoenix mover, you want to make sure your carpets are protected, both in your old home and your new home. You want to line the floors and walkways and make sure footprints are not going through your home.
A-frame: This is another rolling cart that is shaped like the letter “A.” Usually used for breakable or fragile items, the configuration of this cart allows for an extra-smooth ride. On the A-frame you can usually find large pieces of glass, fragile items, marble tops, or mattresses.
Rubber bands: These are gigantic, thick rubber bands that are used for a lot of stuff. We pad-wrap each item and these bands are used to secure the padding onto your furniture. Typically, they go over sofas and other items and they help expedite the moving process by keeping the packing materials securely on your items.
Moving pads: Your Phoenix mover should always bring moving pads on the job. Our trucks are stocked with 80 pads on a daily basis, although we can bring more if the job warrants it. Oh, and make sure your company uses clean pads. No sense in wrapping your white sofa if you are just going to wrap it in a dirty pad.
Our favorite thing at the end of the day is a happy customer, so we use all of this different equipment to make sure you are happy with when it is complete (and during).
Did you know that the insurance that most moving companies carry only covers the boxes we pack and move ourselves? Makes sense, right? Since our insurance company has no way of knowing how you are going to pack your items, they do not want to cover those boxes. So, if you want to pack yourself, it is best if you follow our suggestions.
Set up for success
Clear off a large counter or kitchen table. Have your boxes, packing materials such as packing paper, bubble wrap, tape and markers all set. Make sure your items are laid out and ready to go. Try to pack like items together. The more items you have near you, the more efficient you will be.
Line the bottom
You can make paper bumpers by rolling up extra paper like a burrito and lining the bottom. This extra lining will do wonders in protecting your items, no matter how careful your movers in Phoenix, Arizona are. Boxes get banged around and bumped in transit. Bumpy Arizona roads are no exception
Lay a packing layer between items
A lot of people scrimp and save on paper, but that is not the best strategy. At Get Your Move One, we recycle all of our packing materials and you can do the same. What is important is getting your items from point A to point B in one piece. Lay an extra layer in-between items for that added protection.
Pack around the edges first
The middle of the box is the weakest part. Something we do to make our boxes stronger is pack around the edges first. The edges of the box are the strongest and they can hold the most weight. If you start at the edges and work your way in you will have a much sturdier box. This makes mover in Phoenix, Arizona very happy.
Wrap and cover everything
This is Arizona, people! Dust gets in and on everything, no matter how careful we are. It is especially important to pack and wrap linens, pillows and more. The last thing you want is to have dust and debris all over your bedding. This is another reason why we saran wrap all padded furniture. It’s good to have the extra protection.
Items that are packed away do better if they are packed in snugly so there is not room to move around. This does not mean you should shove everything in one box, but movers in Phoenix Arizona will definitely appreciate boxes that do not have things rattling around in them. That is one of the worst sounds to hear as a mover because there is no way of knowing what the noise is.
Packing yourself can be a real pain, but following these tips can at least make sure your items get to your new location in perfect condition.
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