Moving to the Overland Park Area? What to Avoid When Hiring Residential Movers
Whether you’re moving just a few miles or across the country to the Overland Park area, there are certain things you should avoid when hiring full service movers. Most people don’t want to make the move on their own, because it’s a huge undertaking – and driving a U-Haul truck or pulling a trailer isn’t as easy as you may think. As a trusted Overland Park moving company, we have a few tips we think you’ll find useful when hiring professional movers.
First, never hire the company before they understand your move. It’s important that the movers know everything you have to move and the circumstances (upstairs, multi-levels, etc.) before you can expect an accurate estimate on how much the move will cost. Don’t just guess and hire based on hourly rates without discussing details.
Next, don’t fail to obtain quotes from a handful of moving companies. It’s important not only to compare costs and services, but learn of prior clients’ experience with the company. Doing a little research will save you money and heartache in the end!
Finally, go online and check out the better business ratings. Once you identify a few moving company you are looking to hire check them out here. www.bbb.org/kansas-city You will be surprised to find out all the complaints some moving companies have even though the google reviews look great.
Going the cheapest route isn’t always best. It’s natural to want to use the mover who’s least expensive, however when you come across a moving company whose rates are substantially less than most others, it could be a warning sign! When an “alleged” moving company offers super-low rates, certain free services or other specials, it could be an indication they are rogue movers. In other words, dishonest scoundrels.
Metrowide Movers are the Overland Park movers you can trust with everything that’s most important to you. Get a free fixed price quote now on our website, or call us at 913-681-7700.
- Before it’s ever moved, take other furnishings out of the way. You need a clear path!
- Protect the finish by covering your piano with non-slip blankets secured with flexible cords.
- Make sure the lid is locked, as the move could be bumpy and result in damage.
- Make sure your moving company secures the protected piano upon loading, as even the slightest movement can result in damage you may not see right away.
- Heavy-duty furniture straps are best for securing your piano, so avoid using cargo straps when possible.
- The legs of a piano are the most fragile component, so be sure to remove them prior to moving. This also makes moving the piano through more narrow spaces easier.
- Consider what you’re wearing. If you’re helping move the piano yourself, you don’t want to wear loose clothing that could get caught on it as you’re loading or unloading. Additionally, you want to wear shoes that are slip-proof to avoid a potentially dangerous accident.
- Know the precise measurements before you begin moving your piano. After the legs are removed, measure the piano’s length and width so you’ll know before you begin the laborious task whether it will fit down the hallway, through specific doors, around a corner, etc. No need to waste your effort and energy unnecessarily!
Moving to a new home is exciting and fun, but packing – not so much. If you have lots of “stuff” staring you in the face, it can be hard to know where to start. As experienced Overland Park residential movers, we have a few packing tips to help make the dreaded chore easier.
- Get started. It’s easy to think “why do today what I can put off until tomorrow,” but this only prolongs the inevitable. The truth is, you should start packing a couple of weeks prior to your move. In doing so, you can go at a slower pace and pack a couple of boxes each day rather than being faced with packing dozens of boxes a day or two before the move.
- Pack up one room at a time. Throwing things from several rooms into a single box is only going to result in chaos when you arrive at your new home. Pack each room separately, and label the cartons/boxes clearly with the room and content description.
- Transport heirlooms and valuables yourself. It isn’t a good idea to move legal documents, family heirlooms, or extremely valuable goods on a moving truck. There are certain things you can move in your own vehicle, which may even help you avoid boxing everything you own up.
- Protect breakable items. For dishes, ceramic or glass knick-knacks, or other breakable items, use plenty of paper bunched up in between the items as padding. It’s also a good idea to stack plates on their sides with padding in between, rather than flat in the box.
- Use quilted furniture pads for protection of larger items. A large mirror for a dresser, expensive art for the walls, televisions – larger breakable items that are too large for boxes should be carefully wrapped with quilted furniture pads for protection.
- Use boxes designed for moving rather than dirty boxes from the supermarket, and put heavier items in smaller boxes for easier lifting.
For more tips or help with your Overland Park residential moving needs, contact Metrowide Movers today at 913-681-7700 or visit us online at www.metrowidemoversks.com.
Moving day is coming soon. You did your research, got the quote, and chose your mover. Move day is verified and you are waiting for the moving company to arrive. What else do you need to do?
These tips will help you prepare for your best move.
Secure jewelry, prescriptions, financials, and other important items.
There are some items that you should move on your own. Have these items locked in the trunk of your car, or in a room closed marked “do not move.” You don’t want the movers to touch these items.
Moves involving elevators
Your move consultant will have a good idea of how long you move should take. It is a great idea to reserve the elevator in order to speed up your move. Most of the time you need to let the landlord know ahead of time.
As city dwellers know, street parking is usually at a premium. Moving trucks are generally going to have a 20-26 foot box. This means you need roughly three car spaces. If parking is hard to come by, try to reserve it by getting a permit, or using your own vehicles to occupy the spaces until movers arrive.
Refrigerators and Freezers
When moving these major appliances, it is a good idea to have them unplugged to thaw and clean 48hours before your move. This can also save potential problems down the road from mold or mildew.
Having all items unplugged and ready to go helps the movers speed up. Sheets and blankets off the beds, flat screen TV’s in the original box, dressers cleared, and all boxes taped shut are just a few basics.
This all seems like a lot of things to get done, but if you do these little things a few weeks in advance it can save you a lot of headaches.