The very first feeling you get when you just start thinking of moving is? Well, probably the stress! The more time passes, the more stressful it gets. What if I tell you it doesn’t have to be like that? You will think: Oh come on, it is not possible! But it is, and you won’t have to pay the most expensive local movers ever to get it. It is possible and affordable for everyone. Nope, we are not talking about a fairytale. Come on, it is 2021, it was about time for LA movers to come to their senses and offer us nice and quality local moving services. But, let’s face it – not everything is up to local movers, there are some things that you need to take care of to have a smooth and seamless moving service. And I am here to cover all of that, from finding experienced local movers to your to-do list for the upcoming move. Ready to start? Let’s go!
- Timeline is your best friend
You probably have heard this a dozen times, but I have to go back to it. People think that moving is as simple as calling local movers, scheduling them for the date they want, and that is it. Well, it is not. You will have to make some effort on your end, and what is a better way to keep things organize than writing them down? No matter how good your memory is, it is not good enough to keep all the details that you need to keep during the planning of your local move. You will be surprised to learn how many people don’t have even a slight idea of what local movers they hired for the moving day. That is the stress that you want to avoid. Make sure to have a notebook where you will write all the details about your local movers, and also all of your to-do lists should find their place in that notebook. Don’t freak out if you are not blindly following the timeline that you created, that is also normal, it is important to be close to it.
- How to find proper local movers?
A very important question! Finding local movers is not that easy when you have dozens of movers Los Angeles that can help you out. Once you type professional movers in my area on your internet search, you will get hundreds of results. There is no time for you to scroll through all of them are to find the local movers that are perfect for you. The internet is always a good idea to start your research unless you have someone who can recommend the professional movers they used. Make sure to read as many reviews as you can, because if you just check the website, all local movers out there will be suitable. You have to be careful because not all of the LA movers are licensed and insured. Take your time to do proper research and learn more about the potential professional movers that you want to use. Before making the final decision, you should call at least 5 moving companies to learn more about their services. Your first impression is also important, seeing if the customer support is helpful and available to answer all of your questions. Don’t forget to schedule your local movers in time, the last thing that you want is to lose the availability with your perfect professional movers.
- When to start packing?
If you ask your local movers, they will say – as soon as possible! And I have to agree with that. But, let’s go back one step back, you can always hire your professional movers to help you with packing too. There are many variations on this, your local movers can pack up all of your belongings or just a part of them. If you prefer to pack up your belonging on your own, you simply must start in time. You will avoid a frantic rush at the end this way. Not only you won’t greet your local movers with a home that is far from being ready to go, but it will be more organized. Therefore, the whole process will be less stressful. There is a hidden tip on packing that I gathered from professional movers and it is time to reveal it. There shouldn’t be a day before the move when you don’t pack at least one box. By packing daily, it won’t be that big of a deal and it won’t make you feel like you want to get rid of everything. Also, start with the least used rooms and move towards the ones you are using daily. And if you decide in the middle of the process that you prefer using professional movers for this task, make sure to give them a call immediately to see if it is possible.
- How to pack?
Here are some simple rules to follow to be packed up and ready to go once your local movers arrive. Firstly, you should pack one room at a time. Don’t move on with another room before the one is fully packed. Put small items in small boxes and put those small boxes into a bigger box. If you don’t combine them into a larger container, small boxes have a tendency to get lost or damaged. Also, it will be easier for your local movers to handle them. Don’t overpack the boxes with too heavy items, because there is a bigger chance that professional movers will drop them or damage something by accident.
When it comes to valuable items, such as documents and jewelry, you should know that local movers are usually not responsible for them. That is why you should pack those and transport them by yourself.
For items you think will be stored in the attic, garage, or closet at your next home, consider purchasing plastic storage bins. This will save you on buying extra boxes and unpacking them when you get to your new home.
Oh, and make sure to label those boxes, it will make your life much easier when it comes to unpacking.
- Declutter! It’s mandatory!
The one-step that you just cannot skip is getting rid of all of those unwanted items that we are sure we have. We all tend to collect tons of unnecessary belongings, and that is okay. There is no better time for you to get rid of them than a local move. So, before you even start preparing your home for the arrival of local movers, you should decide what you want to get rid of. Some items that you can, you should donate and do a good deed for those in need. And the rest, just throw them away. If you have some big furniture pieces and you are hoping for your local movers to carry them to the trash, you should know it is not that simple. Ask your local movers what is the procedure for decluttering. A good idea for you to earn some money and have fun is to organize a garage sale with your friends or family members. You will get rid of everything that you don’t want in your new living space.
- Think of all the items that you might need on a moving day
Now, after we settled that matter down, it is time for you to think of the items that you might need on a moving day. Once your local movers are there, they will start loading everything out there, and you will need some items during the process and even during your first day or night in your new home. That for you should pack up an essential bag that should contain all of these things that you are using daily and commonly, just in case. Think of packing toothbrushes, linens, some water, and similar. Anything that works for you, no limits.
- Transfer the utilities early
You might think there is enough time for you to transfer your utilities before the moving day, but in reality, the time will fly by. Local movers had situations where they had to work together with the companies transferring utilities. And that might be nerve-racking and a bit complicated to organize. So, as soon as you know that you are moving, make sure to schedule both – local movers and utility companies. Hey, and don’t forget to change the address so you can get all of those Amazon orders and your mail. You might want to change the billing zip code connected to your credit card. Don’t forget to let your neighbors, family, and friends about your upcoming move.
- Have someone taking care of your kids and pets on a moving day
Having your local movers and your toddlers at the same time on the moving site, might not be the greatest idea. You will have a home full of professional movers carrying heavy furniture and your kids won’t be amused with it, they will want to run around and play. To keep them safe, make sure to ask someone to take care of them on a moving day. Another bad combination is having your local movers and your pets together. The door will have to be opened all the time, and you don’t want your loved furry friends to use the opportunity and go out unsupervised. Also, they might be stressed out with a bunch of local movers that are not familiar to them inside of their private space, and you want to avoid that.
- Make a layout of your new home
How exciting – you are moving to your new home! Starting your new life chapter is always such an exciting and happy period of your life. New space brings new energy, and you want to be creative about how the place will look. Maybe you will need to order some new furniture pieces or to redecorate, paint the walls, change the floors, and similar. And that should all be done before your local movers are there with your belongings ready to place them where they should be. Organization of your new home should be done before the moving day, so once you are there with your local movers, you can instruct them where to put which piece of furniture. Not to mention that most of the professional movers are charging hourly rates and the last thing you want is to have them going back and forth with your huge sofa because you are not sure where to place it.
- Check the moving truck (and your old home too)
Before your local movers leave for good, you should make sure to double-check if all of your boxes and furniture pieces got to the final location. This way you will avoid all that stressing out to find where your belongings are. Calling back your local movers to find if your missing pieces are there or not, can take some time for them to check. And it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. So, before your local movers leave your old home – check every corner to double-check if they have loaded everything in the truck. The same goes before they leave your home for good – you will have to inspect the moving truck to confirm that everything is unloaded. Some local movers might ask you to sign the document confirming that everything is out. And this is a good practice for professional movers because this way you will all know that everything is unloaded.
And if you are looking for a perfect companion who can help you on this moving journey – reach out to The One Movers Torrance. We are a local moving company that became one of the best in the area thanks to hard work and dedication. You will be surprised to see how our local movers are trained and helpful. What is guaranteed when using us? A memorable and high-quality moving experience with no stress! Grab that phone and give us a call to get your free moving quote. Or, you can request to get one over the email – just fill out the info on our website, and we will get back to you. Excited to be working with you!