Moving out from one residence to another is something that nearly every American has experienced, and the numbers show that an average person will move 12 times in their life. Often, those moves take place in childhood and young to middle adulthood, typically due to lifestyle or employment changes. When preparing to move to a new residence, an adult will need not only the address of their new place and the exact moving date, but they will also need to prepare their inventory and hire local furniture movers. Moving services may vary somewhat in how far they will travel and how much space they have for a client’s items, so discretion is necessary. A client who needs to move may look online to find local furniture movers and other movers who suit their needs, and hire them.
All About Moving
Why are people moving? Some are moving from a larger residence to a smaller one to cut down on costs, or they may move to a larger residence to make room for a growing family. Changes in employment also often call for a move, to be closer to the new office or other workplace. College students and young adults move often, since they cannot yet afford houses and they may have a light lifestyle anyway. Some people move simply because they like seeing and living in new places and experiences.
Whatever the reason for moving, statistics show that summer is the most popular time for moving, maybe because school is not in session, making moving easier for a family. Winter is the least popular time to move, and December is the lowest ranked month for moving. In that month, ice and snow may make travel perilous for a moving company’s trucks, and the timing may clash with holidays such as Christmas or Hanukkah. Renters are known to move quite often, since they don’t have to sell their property. Instead, they may move as soon as their current lease expires, and around 33% of renters are known to move on a yearly basis.
Preparing for the Move
Before hiring local furniture movers or other movers, a client may want to make their own preparations. This often means taking stock of all household items and trimming down the total inventory, which may be quite large. The average American household as 300,000 items in it, from kitchen utensils to kids’ toys to books and electronic goods. That’s a lot, so the family can work together to take stock and sell off, donate, recycle, or discard anything they don’t want to keep. Items can be organized by type or room of origin. Clothing is a major category, and it may not be unusual to donate one third to one half of all clothes and shoes. Something similar can be done for books, DVDs, kids’ toys (if any), kitchen items, and more. Larger goods such as a car or boat can be placed in a self-storage unit, but take note that local furniture movers themselves don’t offer storage services. Rather, the household can look for dedicated self-storage units, and place some of their larger items in there. Even an RV can be stored like that.
Now, when it is time to hire local furniture movers and other moving companies, the client may look online and compare and contrast several companies in the area. What to look for? That client should find a moving company that’s comfortable with the distances involved, as some movers will only handle local moves (such as within the same city). Other moving services, by contrast, may travel hundreds of miles with ease for their clients. Also, that client can and should look up customer reviews and ratings of these movers, to determine which ones offer the best services. Finally, it’s a good idea to contact them and confirm all fees and charges that may be involved.
Small offices may call upon these services too, to pack up their desks, tables, chairs, fax machines, and supplies such as computers and files. Most often, these moves will take the office’s supplies to another part of the city, and an office manager may look up office moving services in the area that can help.