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Moving is kind of a big deal. From the packing and the final goodbyes to a place you’ve spent a solid chunk of your life in all the way to unpacking and making payments to movers, packers, and your new landlord, there’s a lot to be nervous about!
However, as with anything in life, a bit of forethought can go a long way. By taking into account various aspects of your move before you actually do so, you can save time and money all whilst putting your worries behind you for good.
Although there are countless ways to prepare for a move including finding a professional San Francisco moving company and ensuring you can trust these bay area movers to do the job correctly, the ones we feel are the most important are getting organized, breaking down your own furniture, reserving parking spots for your east bay movers, labeling everything, and asking for discounts when applicable. With these organization tactics under your belt, you can focus more on the excitement of a new place and a new adventure and less on the money and disarray surrounding it.
1. Get Organized
One of the most crucial aspects of any move is organization. If your belongings aren’t organized and placed in boxes appropriately, you could wind up having nearly double the boxes and double the cost. Similarly, if you choose to hire packers, having a semblance or organization set up for them will save them time which saves you money likewise.
The best way to get organized is to start by getting minimized. What does that mean? Well, similar to the Marie Kondo minimalist trend currently spreading across the world, it’s time for you to let go of the useless clutter in your life.
The best way to do this is to take your house or apartment one room at a time. Look throughout the room and analyze each and every item within. For instance, if you started with your bathroom, you would obviously keep items like your toothbrush or hair dryer. However, an old washcloth or random decoration on the wall you don’t even like might be moved over to the discard pile.
Similarly, in your bedroom, you obviously don’t want to throw away your blanket or phone charger. However, old clothes you rarely wear or an alarm clock you don’t even use would definitely be put to the side to be donated to a local thrift store, simply thrown away, or given to a charitable cause.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the excess, separate your items into manageable piles that way all of one kind of item is with one another making it easier to pack and unpack accordingly. If you’re not sure where to donate your leftover items, check out these Walnut Creek charities that would gladly take your donations!
2. Break Down and Reassemble Furniture on Your Own
One of the things most people pay extra for when hiring Bay Area packers and movers is the breaking down and reassembling of furniture. In fact, in some locations throughout California such as Oakland, Danville, or Livermore, San Mateo packing and moving companies' prices can nearly double simply due to a need to break down furniture before even packing it up.
Although this is only recommended for people that actually know how to break down furniture, it’s not easy to search how to pack furniture before moving either. Start with the biggest furniture such as entertainment centers, tables, and bookshelves, and then move on to the smaller ones afterwards. That way if you run out of time before the packers arrive, at least the most difficult items are done.
3. Reserve Parking Spots for Your Movers
While professional Bay Area movers may help you to organize and break down your furniture, reserving parking spots should be arranged by you. Although this may sound silly at first, think about it. In the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re lucky to find any parking, let alone parking big enough for a moving truck. However, if parked incorrectly, the moving company could be fined—and, in most cases, that fine would be on you to pay for.
Similarly, if you do happen to find parking but not very close to your home, you will be doing double the amount of work you would do otherwise simply by having to carry items twice the distance. Especially when it comes to furniture, this can be a serious pain in the neck.
That’s why it is best to reserve a parking spot for the moving vehicle near your new home ahead of time to avoid these fines and complications entirely.
An average 24-26ft moving box truck is about 40ft long from bumper to bumper.
If you need to obtain a parking permit you should contact SFMTA. We recommend contacting your local police department to find out how to get a parking permit - most likely you will be reffered to a righ government agency. Please! Don't call 911 - call the non-emergency number.
4. Label Boxes
Similar to the organization subject above, labeling items is the best way to avoid disarray in the packing and unpacking process. When it comes to unpacking, in particular, labels make it easier for movers to determine where a specific box belongs in your new home.
The best labeling template to utilize is the room it belongs in, the elements inside, and whether it is fragile or not. For instance, if the box is full of picture frames from your living room, the label would read, ‘Living Room, Frames, Fragile’. Similarly, if the box was full of clothing, the label would read, ‘Bedroom, Clothes’.
Check out some useful moving tips including self-packing ones here. If you decide to hire San Francisco Bay Area packers and movers then give them some guidance on how you want the boxes to be labeled.
Having the boxes labeled will save a lot of time for you arranging the stuff in a new place!
5. Ask for a Discount From Your Movers
We’ve discussed red flags when hiring movers before, but did you know that some of the high-quality moving companies will actually give you discounts for choosing to move on ‘off-days’? What does this mean, you ask? Well, some days of the week are considered peak days in the moving business while others are not.
With this in mind, moving on one of the nonpeak days is a great way to get a simple and reasonable discount. The best way to determine what nonpeak days are is to know that from the beginning of May until the end of September, moving companies will be completely overwhelmed almost every day. This is the moving season that is considered the busiest and most moving companies will require customers to schedule their move up to three weeks in advance.
However, the best nonpeak days during the year to take into account are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between the 5th and the 18th of the month. If you schedule your move at any time between these dates, you should definitely ask the movers whether they offer a discount for doing so or not.
Now that you’ve taken all of these tips into account, it’s time to ‘get cracking on packing’ and stop being so worried about moving fees and extra costs. As long as you follow these simple steps to save money on your local Bay Area moving, you are sure to have a cost-effective and simple move to your new home that leaves you excited rather than overwhelmed!
We hope that our post has been easy to read and you have learned some useful information.
We would love to hear some feedback! And of course, keep Got2Move in mind for your local and long distance moving in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
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