There is a huge misconception in the moving industry. Many people hear the hourly rate and think it is more cost effective to take the smaller crew size and beat the clock. Each man you add is cheaper by the hour, so as time adds up, having additional manpower will become more and more beneficial. Not only will it make your day shorter, and your final bill cheaper, but the guys will be more optimistic upon arrival. Something we always bring up to customers looking for a quote, is whatever crew size you are thinking of, add an extra guy.
The average person does not fully understand how professional movers are trained to work together. It’s not like the college days where you and some friends just start grabbing some friends and start moving whatever you see. When considering your next local movers, just know that at Matt’s we have a process, and with the additional manpower we understand how to utilize them to make your move more efficient.
As a professional moving company, we understand the stress of Apartment moving. Getting everything organized with your destination property is hard enough let alone dealing with your current apartment situation. You also have the property and other residents to consider, and some communities have moving day requirements that you’ ll need to consider. This does not mean the experience has to be miserable. Although these tips may not completely alleviate stress, they’ll help promote a positive experience there.
First things first,
Reserve the Elevator – You don’ want your movers to arrive at your new place only to discover that you were supposed to reserve the service elevator ahead of time. Many properties won’t allow you to use the main elevator because it will inconvenience current residents, so make sure to reserve it in advance.
Parking Space – Most Complexes allow you to reserve a space close to the door. You can also block off meters in front of the complex by contacting the city.
Measure – You may have had no problem getting that oversized sofa in your current place, but what if it won’t fit through the door at your new apartment? Measure exterior and interior doors, stairways, and hallways.
Pack Early – A smooth moving day begins with being prepared. If you have to get everything packed for the morning and you’re still boxing up things when the movers arrive, you can count on your nerves being frazzled all day long. Check out some more tips here
Learn Moving Hacks – There are a lot of moving and packing hacks you will find very helpful, such as packing dishes vertically in a box and using balls of socks to cushion breakables.
Your landlord told you not to put holes into the drywall, but you forgot. Now you’re moving and the walls need to look smooth. Here’s where the toothpaste comes in. Simply dab a little white paste (skip the blue gel) onto your finger, rub it into the nail or screw hole, and scrape off the excess paste. Touch it up with a little paint, and you’re good to go. It’s not as good as spackle, but it’s great in a pinch.
2. Skateboard (or another wheeled device)
Why carry something heavy when you can roll it? Skateboards can be remarkably effective in getting hefty boxes from Point A to Point B. Sure, you’ll have to make sure the boxes don’t fall off the board, but it beats straining your back. Just remember—boards do have a weight limit, so don’t go bananas.
3. Permanent markers
A biggie. We all have plans to be completely organized and make a spreadsheet that details what boxes contain which items. But during the chaos of moving day, planning can fly out the window. Hence, the need for a marker you can count on. You’ll be writing on boxes, and odds are any last-minute contents will be random and impossible to remember without writing down. One of my boxes has these words scrawled on it: “Darth Vader Potato Head, extra phone chargers, grandma’s sandals, slides from the trip to Branson.” You get the idea.
4. A good tape dispenser
Of course, you need packing tape. But what you might consider skimping on is the dispenser. Don’t. Spring for a good tape dispenser. The last thing you need when you’re trying to pack boxes is to accidentally tape your fingers together or get the tape stuck to itself.
5. White shoe polish
If your baseboards are white, odds are they have a few scuffs and scratches. A little bit of white shoe polish can help wipe away the wear and tear, leave your former landlord a happy camper, and increase your likelihood of getting your deposit back.