Even very wealthy people do not welcome the idea of spending too much on movers. The truth is that it almost doesn’t matter how small or large a budget you have to work within, moving often stretches it to the limit. In a lot of cases, a cost-effective estimate from a reputable moving company makes the most sense. But, there are cases in which the smartest thing you can do is spend more for a luxury moving company to do the job.
Fine Art & Fragile Antiques
A standard moving company will take good care of moving your artwork and antiques, but when you use a luxury moving company your can have your expensive pieces of art custom crated and packed. They fully understand how important these works of art are and that they cannot be replaced. They get that one size does not fit all and that sort of approach to packing these items will not be sufficient. Trained luxury transit experts offer custom crating procedures to ensure your valuable artwork and antiques are transported safely. Whether you have huge heavy marble sculptures, vases from ancient China, old documents or museum quality paintings, they can build custom crates and pack them properly so you won’t have to worry about anything being damaged. The staff employed by a luxury moving company normally undergoes training to stay up-to- date on the latest on care and proper inventory techniques.
You have probably seen news reports of people having all their belongings being held hostage on a moving truck while the moving company demands a ransom before they will return their customer’s household furnishings. This is a nightmare that you never want to experience. Other problems that can occur with less than reputable moving companies are damaged furniture that isn’t adequately insured, inexperienced movers who become injured lifting or moving your items, missing valuables and the list goes on.
To avoid such problems you must thoroughly research any moving company you are considering to make sure they are fully insured and bonded, have a stellar reputation in the industry for honesty and integrity, and their movers are highly experienced and capable of doing the job. Here are some steps you should take before hiring movers:
1. Obtain Three or More In-Home Estimates in Writing
When a moving company sends a representative out to your home they can realistically estimate the scope of the job. They can actually see the extent of your belongings and everything that will be going in the truck to be transported to your new residence. This way you can get an accurate estimate of the cost. With at least three estimates, you can evaluate and compare the movers and decide which company you have the most confidence in. You need to know however that companies may present their estimates differently, so get clarification upfront so you are comparing apples-to- apples. Secondly, if a company’s prices seem too good to be true, they should be looked at with suspicion.
1. Assuming that good quality packing materials are overrated
If you think you can do without good quality packing supplies, you’re making a big mistake. It’s easy to assume you can just grab a few boxes and some newspaper and you’ve got it handled, however this can certainly lead to a lot of heartache when you arrive at the new house to find your belongings have been damaged.
Once you start down this path, what often happens is that one misjudgment rolls into the next and before you know it you’re overly confident in thinking that you’re managing the packing just fine with the few things you have laying around. After awhile you’ve compromised the entire safety of everything you’re transporting to the new house.
For example, if you use old cardboard boxes that have been used many times before and are no longer sturdy, they are likely to break once they’re filled up. This will only cause you more headaches, not to mention breakage. When obtaining your packing supplies, make sure they’re clean, sturdy, dry and safe to use. The easiest way to do this is to buy what you need from your moving company.
2. Presuming that you don’t really need a box of essential items
A lot of really smart people often forget that once they’ve packed their possessions up they will all be out of reach until everything has been successfully shipped to their new house. And there are a certain number of items that none of us can do without even for a day. These items must be packed separately in an essentials box or survival kit so that you have what you need and your stress levels remain intact.
These items would be what you consider your absolute musts, your lifesavers. If you have a baby or small children, this is even more important, especially if your move involves a long road trip before you get to the new house.
Here are some of the items you would want to have on hand in your survival kit: over-the-counter and prescription medications, snacks, sandwiches, bottled water, plastic utensils, basic toiletries, spare clothing, first-aid kit, set of small hand tools, games and toys, and any other items you need for your kids and/or household pets.