What do I need to do to prepare for my move?

Moving is one of those chaotic events in life that can give us a lot of headaches. Even when using a relocation specialist like Discount Movers of Moss Bluff, LA , there are steps a shipper should take to prepare for their move to make it easier and more cost effective. The key for a successful move is organization.

Do I need to move everything? Do I need to move everything? Analyze your household goods.

Analyze your household to determine which items may not be worth shipping. Almost everyone accumulates “things” they do not really want to ship or haven’t used in long time. Ideally these items should be removed from your residence before the relocation. Several factors should be considered such as fragility and condition, sentimental value, practicality and monetary value, or if certain items are just irreplaceable. Then, make a list of what you aren’t shipping and organize a garage sale or donate them.

I have eliminated unwanted goods. Now do I have to pack?

You could certainly pack your own items to keep costs down. However, if you aren’t very experienced in packing goods to be handled in a relocation you may be putting some of your goods at risk. If you decide to pack your own belongings, visit our Moving Checklist section for more tips. But, for just pennies per pound, you can take advantage of Discount Movers of Moss Bluff, LA ‘ full and partial packing services and let our trained moving crew pack your belongings. By choosing your moving company do the packing, you place the responsibility in their hands. Movers will pack your goods with great skill and care, and with professional packing materials. Proper packing methods will give your items the best chance to arrive at your new place in the same condition as when they left your old one. This is the second most important step when relocating after preparing your moving checklist and deciding on what items are worth shipping.

How long does it take to move?

This depends on many factors, such as the time of year, weather conditions, size of your shipment, time required to load and unload, and the direction and distance your shipment travels. Whatever the circumstance, Discount Movers of Moss Bluff, LA knowledgeable staff will offer advice and be able to help you understand what to expect. If you require express delivery this may cost you more money. It is often recommended that you are flexible with your delivery time frame and wait to share a truck with another customer so the transportation is less expensive. This though applies for long distance moves. Local moves are easier to predict and they are usually completed in one day.

Do my appliances need special attention?

Most refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other electrical or mechanical appliances require special servicing to ensure safe transportation. Any moving parts such as motors on major appliances, washer drums, icemakers and the pickup arm on a phonograph should be securely fastened for shipment. Gas appliances need to be serviced and disconnected prior to your move. It is the owner’s responsibility to see that appliances are serviced for shipment before they are loaded on the truck. Upon request and for an additional charge, a moving company will perform this service, using either its own qualified personnel or an authorized service company.

When should I call the moving company?

The earlier you call, the better! This applies especially if moving in the peak summer season because this is the time when, according to AMSA, approximately 32 millions of Americans move each year. Although the actual van assignment may not be made until a few days before your move, it’s wise to give your moving company from four to six weeks’ notice, if possible. The more lead time you can give, the more likely we will be able to meet your schedule. In peak season reserving moving services in advance will guarantee you will get the moving date and time you request and often a good discount as many companies offer moving specials.