As your move cost is calculated on an hourly basis, it is imperative to be well-prepared and -organized.
Here is a list of time savers to have your move running smoothly:
Incomplete packing is the biggest time waster for a move, so you MUST have all packing complete by moving day. Open boxes waste a lot of time too. Seal all boxes. Label the boxes with the room they are to be placed in and the contents of each box.
Be sure to have your vehicles moved out of your driveway and away from the front of your residence to make room for the moving van.
Condo or Apartment
Be sure to have the elevator reserved and have management reserve the spot where the moving van will park.
Take the TV off the wall mount.
Disconnect and pack into boxes all electronics and their wires.
Completely disconnect your washing machine, and install your transit bolts to secure your washing machine drum.
A nice touch is to bundle your garden tools from your shed or garage. Take your shovels, rakes, brooms, and more, and tape two or three of them together into handy moving bundles. Propane BBQ — remove propane tank. Gas BBQ — disconnect gas connection. Garden Hoses — drain, coil, and connect ends so they do not leak all over the place.
AT YOUR NEW HOME
Have a plan where all furniture is to be placed in your new home. Be accessible as the furniture is being unloaded so the movers can be directed as to where to place it. When we have to continually stop to look for you to ask where something goes — HUGE time waster.
A great way to save money is to move some items yourself. Load your own vehicle with paintings, pictures, electronics, small TVs, lamps, and the like.
Clearly label all items which are not to be moved.
All of the above tips save you time, which saves you money.