Prepare Before Moving Day
Though U-Pack is a do-it-yourself "you pack, we drive" service, you may need help loading the big stuff without spending a lot on full-service movers. There's a solution that can help you stay within your budget while still getting the help you need; you can use a DIY service then hire movers and packers to load on an hourly basis.
If that's the route you decide to go, you'll be directing the labor, so it's important to get your home and your belongings ready for moving day. Preparing ahead of time can help your movers and packers work more quickly and efficiently, and that can be a big money saver in the long run.
Start with the two "P's"— Purge and Prepare.
Purge your home
Most movers and packers charge an hourly rate for labor (many have a two-hour minimum). Getting rid of the things you're not planning to move and organizing the rest is a step in the right direction. We recommend starting the "purging" process at least two months before your move (or as soon as you can). Move room-to-room, putting things into piles of "keep," "sell," "donate," and "trash." Don't forget to look in drawers, closets and containers, and remember the garage, attic and outdoor stuff. Starting early gives you time to thoughtfully go through your belongings and take your time deciding what goes and what stays. And, if you start early enough, you may have time to make a little extra money having a garage sale!
Check out these blog posts for more information on purging and having a garage sale:
Prepare your belongings
There are some items that require a little preparation before the movers arrive. It's a good idea to make a list of any furniture or appliances that require disassembly or special preparation before moving. These things may include your washer and dryer, refrigerator, water beds, etc. Make sure to refer to your owner's manual for preparing appliances. If you didn't keep it, you may be able to find a copy online at Manuals Online. And, if you're moving a large TV or other electronics, we recommend packing them in their original boxes and packing materials. If they're not available, you can purchase a TV box online. This post maybe helpful for moving your television: Moving a Television. Your movers and packers will provide tools for minor disassembly of things like bed frames, dresser mirrors, etc.
Prepare your home
Before the movers arrive, examine doorways and walkways to make sure they can get through without a problem. You may also want to measure your furniture to get a better idea of what doorways will work best for moving. And, you may need to remove door trim or take hinges off to allow for larger items to fit through. Having this done before the movers arrive will make things work much faster (and could save you money in the long run). You'll also want to check rugs and carpet to guard against tripping hazards. Then, make sure to cover any special flooring with plastic to protect it during the move.
If you have questions about how U-Pack can help you move long distance on a budget, call 800-413-4799. We'll be happy to help!