How to Find the Best Value for Your Local Cleveland Move
Planning a local move in the Cleveland area? You’ve come to the right place! Read on to get the skinny on finding the right moving plan---at the right price---for your move. No Two Moves Are the Same Your moving needs are unique. Nobody else is moving……
- the amount and type of stuff you’re moving
- in the same timeframe
- with your exact budget
- Downsize and declutter before your move. The less you have to move, the less time it will take to move it all. You’ll need fewer boxes, less packing paper and less tape. You can even sell some of your old stuff to offset your moving costs.
- If you are moving to a managed property, check in with the management ahead of time to find out where the moving van can park. This can save time driving around looking for a spot. The closer you can get to the doorway, the faster your move will go. Your local movers probably know the property, but it’s always good to check.
- Call ahead to see if you can reserve the elevator. This could save you a lot of time, especially if there are other moves in the building that day. Plus, it’s a nice way to show consideration for your new neighbors.
- Disassemble large pieces of furniture, if possible. Some items have to be moved as is, but some furniture can be broken down so every piece is flat. If you know your way around a couple of hand tools, you can shave a lot of time off the clock. (Pro tip: Don’t forget to label and secure furniture hardware so you can put it all back together again.)
- AMSA membership: belonging to the industry’s trade organization can ensure you’re not looking at a fly-by-night operation
- Pro-Mover certification: The crème-de-crème of moving companies submit to annual reviews. If your mover has Pro-Mover certification, you know they’re licensed and insured.
- Full valuation vs. Released Value Protection: Moving companies don’t offer insurance for damage. They use something called valuation. Read the fine print on this!
- Brick-and-mortar firms with full-time, trained employees. Most healthy individuals can lug boxes, but not everyone knows how to handle your items with care. Know who does? Professional movers! Ask what kinds of training and background checks their employees receive. You want your stuff in good hands.
- In Ohio, ask your potential movers for their Public Utilities Commission number (PUCO number). You can go to the PUCO website and check that the company is active and registered with the state.
- Pack your boxes (including gathering the boxes, tape, etc.)
- Reserve the truck
- Load and unload your truck
- Manage all aspects of your move, including making sure your utilities are shut off properly
- You might be able to do without professional movers, but you can’t do it alone. Ask friends and family well ahead of time for help.
- Stock up on moving supplies-boxes, tape, packing paper, markers.
- Learn proper body mechanics for lifting and carrying to avoid injury.
- Check out some how-to videos for proper packing and moving techniques
- a rental truck, plus truck insurance
- boxes, including specialized boxes for wardrobes or dishes
- other moving supplies such as a dolly, or furniture blankets
- providing foods and drinks to your friends who help you move
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