Moving is a major endeavor, and for many people, not one they want to (or can) undertake solo. That’s where finding the right moving company comes in. But when it comes to selecting the professional movers and packers to meet your relocation needs, where do you start? What should you look for in terms of services? The team at Ace Moving & Warehousing breaks down which moving services you’ll want to ask your movers about below.
Full Moving and Packing Services
Whether you’re physically incapable of moving an entire dwelling full of stuff, you’re super busy, or you simply don’t want to deal with the hassle, full moving and packing services are what you need.
With a done-for-you service, your moving company handles every last detail of the packing, loading, and unloading process. Because professional movers and packers are thoroughly trained in appropriate technique, their services typically include:
● Hand-wrapping breakables and packing them for safe transport
● Hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes for convenience and cleanliness
● Depending on your needs, building custom wooden crates to transport large, breakable items safely
● Furniture disassembly and reassembly, if required
● Supplying all moving equipment and packing materials
● Disposal of used packing equipment after the unboxing process
Though this option will certainly cost you more than opting for transport services alone, it’s usually well worth the additional expense. Because the pros are properly trained and highly experienced, they can pack up and transport your belongings in a fraction of the time it would take you to complete the process yourself.
When you begin the process of pricing out moving companies, ask whether each one offers its own storage solutions. Whether you’re downsizing or you just want to keep your new place clutter free, opting to rent a storage unit is a good idea — but not all storage facilities are the same.
Regardless of what you plan to store, you’ll no doubt want it in perfect condition when you pull it out of your unit. And to ensure your belongings remain secure and well protected throughout their stay, a climate-controlled storage facility is key. In addition to interior humidity and heat control, look for the following safeguards at any storage facility you’re considering:
● A secure warehouse, with properly sealed doors and access points
● Regular security monitoring
● Inventory inspections and verifications
It’s also a good idea to inquire about the facility's short- and long-term storage options. If you only plan to keep your belongings in storage for a short period, you won’t want to trap yourself in an extended contract you don’t need.
If you’re planning to move your major appliances, chances are you’ll need help. Without training on proper packing, loading, and transportation of high-dollar appliances, it’s all too easy to accidentally damage something. And even if you have an extended warranty, that warranty probably doesn’t cover transport-related damage.
To avoid the risk of appliance damage and the unnecessary expense of replacement, it’s always best to bring in the pros. So don’t forget to inquire about whether each company you’re considering offers appliance moving services.
If you’re planning to opt for full moving and packing services, furniture moving will be included in the service. But if you’re trying to limit your moving costs by performing some of the labor yourself, chances are you’ll still need help moving bulky, heavy furniture pieces. This is especially true if you own high-dollar pieces you don’t want to risk damaging during the move.
Some of your furniture pieces may also require disassembly and reassembly, depending on the size of your doors and whether you live in a multi-floor building. Rather than working through the tedium yourself, furniture movers will take care of the entire process for you.
If some of your household items are too large or awkwardly shaped for standard moving boxes, you may want to consider requesting custom-fitted crates from your moving company. But not all moving companies offer this service, so be sure to inquire about it when you request your initial moving quote. Once your relocation is complete, you can hang onto your custom crates to transport those delicate items during future moves.
Custom Move Plans
No two relocations are the same, so if you’re planning to hire a professional moving company, work with a team that understands the importance of individualization. Hiring a moving company that offers custom move plans will ensure you have access to everything you need throughout the course of your move, including storage options, flexible packing options, and more.
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, our custom move plans include a wide variety of options designed to meet the needs of local, interstate, intrastate, and even international moves. Through our partnership with Atlas Van Lines, we not only have access to comprehensive international logistics assistance but also to hundreds of moving companies and storage units throughout the United States.
We pride ourselves on our ability to meet the unique needs of each of our customers, so when you’re looking for a team that truly cares about the success of your relocation, we’re the ones to call!
Looking for Professional Movers in Rochester? Contact Ace Moving & Warehousing
Whether you’re moving from Rochester to another Minnesota city, or you’re planning a move to another state, our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing is here to serve you. We offer a comprehensive collection of professional moving services to meet the needs of any relocator and have proudly served Minnesota residents since 1958. To learn more about our services or request a quick moving quote, call our Rochester office today at 507-288-3341 or send us a message with your questions, and we’ll be in touch!