Now that you have sold your house and have a new residence ready to go, party time is over—it is time to pack up all your possessions and lug them across town to the new abode. Since you are just going a hop, skip and a jump or maybe a couple miles away, it is alluring to try to execute the move yourself--after all, how taxing can it be to rent a truck and get some buddies over to throw your furniture into the back of the truck?
Ask anyone who's moved recently--it may be (and commonly is) really, really hard. Relocating is plenty of a crazy time without the headache of a Do-It-Yourself project, and now is not the time to think you can binge watch YouTube videos on how to box a lamp and be able to do it flawlessly. Your kids are probably worried about changing schools and making friends, your significant other is unnerved about a new dry cleaner and driving routine, and the last thing you need to do is add to the stress by trying a DIY move in Houston.
Why not? A local company in Houston has its benefits. First, they know the lay of the land and shouldn’t should not be depending on their phones to get you to your new home. Also, they should know what size of moving van will best work for which parts of town, which can be very handy if you are moving to a gated community or a location that has truck restrictions. Second, a local company has a lot more on the line in doing a satisfactory job for you--word of mouth moves fast, and if you're not happy with the move, then they have to live with the bad reviews. When you hire locally, you're also keeping the in-town economy going-- a win/win for everybody in Houston
Questions They'll Have
When you call the movers, they will have several questions, so keep this basic information on hand. Most of it you know without really thinking about it, but there will be one or two questions that you might have to think about. It is probably a good idea to make an inventory of your stuff, room by room, because moving is overwhelming enough that you don't want to forget all the stuff in the basement.
How many bedrooms? Do you have a barn, basement, storage shed, or all three? Does your garage have a loft? Do you have a grandfather clock, or anything really, really large like a standing safe? Any play equipment like swing sets or basketball goals? How about any landscaping features that will be moving?
They'll also want to know if you have antiques or art. If you do have high value things, the movers will most likely require additional information about these items.
After you answered some initial questions, you will most likely be given a ballpark estimate and an option for a free in-home survey for your local move in Houston. An in-home survey is much more specific and measures the cost with much more precision than the initial ballpark estimate. It covers the specific services that you are requesting. During the survey is a great time to ask all of the burning questions that you are pondering.
Be sure to check out our next post that touches on all of the questions that you need to ask your mover. Or, if you are ready to skip ahead and get started with the process, get a free estimate today.