A last minute move involves many aspects. You may still have to find a home at your destination. You will need to quickly deal with utility companies in both places and, if you have children, you will need to deal with schools in both places as well. While you may be able to save money by packing yourself, if you do not have the time then it may be more stressful than it is worth. Below are five questions to ask yourself to determine if you should hire packers for your last minute move.
Are You Needed Somewhere Immediately?
If you are needed at your new destination immediately, you may not have any choice except to hire packers. The good news is that if a job requires you to move somewhere immediately it is likely that they will reimburse you for the expense of hiring professional packers to move your belongings.
If you will not be able to stay the entire time your home is being packed, or if you must leave at the same time as the moving truck, you may want to consider extra services such as cleaning and filling small holes in your walls. While some moving companies offer these services, other moving companies may direct you to a maid service to hire once they are finished packing.
Do You Have a Destination Yet?
With a last minute move, it is common to know what city you are moving to, but you may not have an apartment or house secured yet. By hiring movers to move your belongings and letting a friend or family oversee moving day, you can get to your destination earlier and spend your time finding an apartment or house. Finding a place to live means you will be less likely to have to pay for storage once your belongings arrive at your destination.
How Much Help Do You Have and How Big Is Your Home?
Packing a small studio or one-bedroom apartment by yourself in a day or two is possible. However, if you have a larger home, it will either take more time or more people to pack it. Movers can often pack an entire household in a day, but they work as a team of experienced movers, not a single person. Having access to multiple people who are willing to work for an entire day with few breaks makes it possible to pack even a large house in a single day.
If you have small children (meaning more stuff to pack without the added help teenagers can supply) and do not have friends and family that you can ask to help you pack, you are better off hiring packers in a time crunch.
Do You Have Fragile Items?
Fragile items require special packing techniques and, sometimes, special packing equipment such as specialized boxes or furniture blankets. If you are not an experienced packer, taking the time to learn how to properly wrap and pack your fragile items and then pack them appropriately can make you miss a tight moving deadline. Alternatively, if you do not take the proper care packing these items, they may break during your move.
If you do not have many fragile items, then packing for yourself in a short time may not be a problem. However, if you have several glass items, musical instruments, or electronics, you should consider hiring experts.
How Much Furniture Will You Need to Dismantle?
One thing many individuals who decide to move themselves fail to take into consideration is the amount of time it will take to dismantle furniture. While it is possible to move many types of furniture without dismantling them, larger items may be easier to load onto the truck and will fit better if they are taken apart. Additionally, if you have a narrow hall, staircase, or elevator, even medium-sized pieces of furniture may have to be disassembled before it can be moved.
If you have several pieces of furniture you will have to take apart, you may want to hire packers to finish that task so you can concentrate on other aspects of your move.
Contact a local moving company, such as Modern Movers, Inc., for more information.