How to Prepare When Moving in Florida

Moving a household can become extremely stressful due to the amount of preparation required, let alone the actual day of the move. Some moves can take over a month to prepare for. With that being said, we’ve provided you with a list of ways to prevent a disaster. You’ll thank us later. 

If you’re planning on using a moving company, begin by getting estimates from at least three different movers. Be sure to ask if they are a broker or a carrier. Confirm that they are licensed and insured while checking their reviews to make sure you aren’t hiring a nightmare in the making. Lastly, closely review the estimates you receive as the services offered and possible increases in the terms and conditions are much more important than the total estimated cost itself. 

When you decide on which moving company you would like to hire, schedule a mid-week, mid-month pickup. This may reduce cost as demand is highest on the weekends and of course at the end of the month. More importantly, moving when your mover has more availability will prevent delays or even worse; a no show. The reduction of pressure on the company will also result in better service with well rested, more alert and careful movers on moving day. 

The next task you want to begin focusing on is packing, which can become an endless task. It is common for a person to push their move back a few days because they haven’t finished packing. Otherwise, they end up experiencing an increase in cost because the moving company had to render packing services which initially were not requested. Unfortunately, starting early will lead to a clustered home with boxes in every corner, but at least you’ll be ready to go. 

One moving tip we constantly come across is the use of recycled boxes. We strongly urge you to disregard this tip as we find it to do more harm than good. Here’s why, these boxes are usually worn and torn and end up causing damage to the goods you place inside of them. They are more likely to collapse and be crushed when stacked on top of each other in a truck. Not to mention being worn, they cannot sustain water damage from rain as well as a new box could.

Another way to prevent damage to the items you pack is to pack heavy items into small boxes. Large heavy boxes are likely to crush a lighter box or open from the bottom. It also allows the moving crew to stack them more carefully, further preventing damage. Remember to apply color coordinated labels to your boxes separating them by room to make the delivery process smoother. 

Fragiles and glassware can be packed into large heavy duty boxes or dish-pack boxes as we call them. Although we urge you not to over pack these boxes. Keep them light to ensure the safety of the fragiles within. You can use pillows and blankets on fragiles like lamps, for example but we recommend you use foam pouches and bubble wrap for glassware and dishes.  

Before we move on from packing, we have one last tip that some may find useful. Place a fully charged IOS device like an ipad or iphone into one of your boxes in order to track your move. The device should have a “find my device” feature which will allow you to know where your items are located at all times. Just remember to pack the device on moving day and place the device in power save mode before packing it. 

It’s moving day! Time to dot my I’s and cross my tees. Check all cabinets and dressers to make sure your dishes are packed and dressers are ready for transport. Have water handy as there will be plenty of activity in all the chaos and simplify entries and exits with a door stopper. Finally, take photos of your furniture to log their condition prior to loading.

Now it’s time to let the movers do their thing, go have a lemonade and give yourself a pat on the back for applying the tips you found here and elsewhere! “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin. 

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