Moving can be a stressful experience, but hiring the right movers can make the chore less worrisome. Working with a trustworthy moving company can make a world of difference. And there are a few things you can do to make sure your belongings stay as safe as possible during transportation.
Do Your Research
Before hiring a moving company, talk to friends, family and coworkers who have recently moved to see if they have any recommendations. You can also use sites like Yelp to read customer reviews of local movers. In addition to good reviews, the mover you select should be licensed and insured. A mover with the right liability insurance in place offers you a safer situation, considering damaged or lost items may be covered under their policy.
Protect Your Valuables
Extremely valuable and/or irreplaceable items—like family heirlooms or custom pieces of jewelry—are best handled by you. Carefully pack them into your purse or trunk and transport them yourself to ensure that nothing happens to them during the move. After all, the loss of your grandmother’s wedding ring or an album of your children’s baby photos could be devastating. To ensure the most protection available, consult your Douglasville home insurance policy to see if your coverage includes moving.
Good movers will wrap up your furniture in blankets to protect it during transportation. But the items in the boxes you pack also need to be packed well, which is your job. Use padding like bubble wrap, tissue paper and even socks and sheets to protect fragile boxed items. Draw an arrow on boxes that must be kept upright. Label which rooms boxes belong in. The smarter you pack, the easier the job for the movers…and for you to unpack later.
Do you have any other tips or experiences to share about moving? We’d love to hear what you have to say!