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What Size Boxes Do I Need?
|Size of Moving Space||Moving Supplies Needed||Truck Size|
|Storage unit, dorm room, or small 1-2 bedroom apartment||
||12 foot truck = up to 450 cubic feet|
|2-3 bedroom home or large apartment||
||16 ft. truck = up to 826 cu. ft.|
|3-5 bedroom home||
||22 ft. truck = up to 1,200 cu. ft.|
|5-7 bedroom home||
||26 ft. truck = up to 1,400 cu. ft.|
Should I Hire Movers?
There's many things you need to consider when deciding whether movers are the best option for you. Are you moving locally or in a short distance? Do you have a lot to move? If your move is local and don't have much to move…consider a DIY move and get friends and family to help. Show them your appreciation with pizza!
If your move is more complex, consider hiring movers for a stress-free move. Be sure to do your research to make sure that not only are you getting the best deal, but you're making the best decision for the safety and security of your personal belongs. Here's a few things to bear in mind when researching movers, as well as other questions to tick off your checklist.
Resist the urge to go with the company with the lowest rate. Chances are they're charging less to beat out their competitors and may be likely to cut corners in other areas of the moving process to make up for the pay-cut.
Online reviews and testimonials from friends and family are the best and most honest way to make sure a company measures up to your standards.
Every moving company should have some sort of moving license as well as insurance. Ask to see these before you book your mover to make sure you and your belongings are covered.
Don't be afraid to get several estimates. A moving company should send someone to your house to survey your belongings and give a estimate based on your initial discussions. Any business that refuses to come to your house or only give estimates over the phone should be scratched off your list. This will avoid any "extra charges" many movers come up with after they have started moving your belongings.
Be sure to also get your estimate in writing so no additional charges can be added once you book your mover.
Be sure you have read the contract in full detail signing. Make sure both you and the moving company fully understand each others responsibilities before, during, and after the move to avoid any miscommunication or additional charges.
Save money and time by researching and hiring a mover at least 6 weeks prior to your move date. Don't forget to ask for references.
You should fill out a change of address form at your local post office 2-3 weeks prior to your move.
Notify utility services two weeks prior to your move. Schedule them to turn off at your old home the day after your move and to turn on services a few days prior to your move into your new home.
Moving is a great time to clean out and cleanse your home of many thing you don't want or need any more. There are several options you can do to get rid of these items:
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