We are talking about hiring pros to do some of the move you to make it a partial do-it-yourself move. Last week we presented you with part 1 of this which you can see here.
Hiring the Pros
You pack, they drive. Self service moving companies will deliver a truck or a trail to your home for you to pack and load, then a moving company driver will pick it up and deliver it to your new home. In some cases another family (or two) may share the truck with you.
Charges are usually assessed based on the percentage of the truck that your possessions take up. The truck may take several days longer to reach your new home if other families are involved.
Hire help for loading and unloading. Both self-service and full-service moving companies provide workers on a hourly basis. Check the fine print for extra charges. You can also round up college or high school kids, but if you do, be sure your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your possessions and possible injury to a helper.
Piano movers. Pianos–even uprights and spinets–are amazingly heavy. They can cause serious injury and harm if anything goes wrong when moving one, especially up or down stairs. Unless you have already moved one yourself or know someone who has, it is almost always best to hire a pro.
Hire a handyman to help disassemble and reassemble. Some aspects of moving require carpentry, plumbing, or wiring expertise. If you prefer to have someone else take care of this work for you, hire a general contractor or someone with more specialized skills.
A few national moving or crating companies will send pros to your old home to do the work needed to get you ready to move and then send workers to your new home to help get you set up. Items that call for special skills include:
- Appliances such as the washer, dryer, refrigerator with icemaker, or dishwasher.
- Heirlooms such as grandfather clocks and china cabinets with curved glass fronts.
- Recreational equipment, including pool tables, exercise equipment, and swing sets.
- Some furniture items such as waterbeds and wall units.
- Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other electrical items.
The Container Storage Option
New players in the self-move category–and an increasingly common sight on streets and driveways–are containers that can accommodate the contents of one room or a room and half. The rental company drops off the containers; you load and pack them. Then the rental company picks them up and delivers them to the new home or a storage facility.
It generally takes several days longer to reach the destination than the traditional moving truck because the move is coordinated with other boxes in the area. It’s also convenient option for families who are downsizing and want to move a roomful of stuff into a storage facility.