I need to move, what options do I have?

Moving is stressful, in fact it can be one of the most stressful events you may experience in your life. Moving options can prove overwhelming as well, in fact it gives me a headache just thinking about it.  Where’s the Excedrin? There are so many options out there.  Let me swallow these aspirin and then we can talk about them.

First, you can move your belongings yourself. There are tons of great truck rental places where you can rent a truck by the hour, grab a few strong friends and have them help you with the heavy items. If you are in a studio, dorm room or small apartment and have some willing friends, this may be a good option, especially if you are on a budget.  Just remember you may get cousin Steve’s chiropractic bill after he pulls a muscle carrying your chest of drawers down a flight of stairs.
Secondly, you can hire a professional moving company. This might be a better option if you have been in your home for several years, the home is over 2000 square feet and/or you have accumulated a number of belongings.  “OK, I want to hire a professional moving company, but there are so many out there, how do I know who to choose?”  Great question, I am glad you asked!  Reviews are a great place to start.  Everyone shares their opinions and that can be a great resource when looking  to hire a professional service. These reviews are going to be from people in your local community who have used the service.  Next, check their website.  Are they licensed, bonded and insured?  Do they do a background check and drug test their movers and drivers?  What type of training do their frontline staff receive?  What about services?  Do they offer free in home consultations so that you can have a professional come to the house and walk you through the process?  Do they offer packing, boxes, storage if you need to downsize or are in transition?  What about insurance options to protect your belongings?  Wow, that was a lot of information, I know because my fingers are tired just typing it.  Many people think that all moving companies are created equal but they are not.  Customer satisfaction and referral rates are another great resource to check out before you make a decision.  Ask the sales team and they should be able to share that information with you.  How about discounts?  Do they offer a senior discount, military discount or is it less expensive to move during the week? Lastly, what options do they provide to assist you in getting a quote?  Phone, on-line, in person?  Everyone is busy, moving is stressful, what is the easiest way for you to communicate to a sales professional what you need to get moved?  The right moving company will understand that moving can be stressful and they will put you at ease from the first phone call right down to when the last pillow is plumped.

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