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3 Important Qualities of a Professional Moving Company

Thinking about moving? Are you debating between getting professional movers or a moving company, or figuring out how to move all of your stuff on your own? There are pros and cons to each process of relocating your belongings from one place to the next.

But if you’re interested in making sure that your belongings get to the destination in one piece, get there in a timely fashion, and can do so at an affordable rate, then you’ll definitely want to consider a professional moving company to help.

Has Years of Experience

When moving important valuables across the city or across the country, you want to be working with a moving company that has years of experience. Although it’s completely possible that a newer moving company will be able to get your belongings to where you need them to be, there’s more certainty in a company that has tried-and-true, first-hand experience with hauling and delivery.

Clean and Professional Employees

A professional moving company has a team of movers that are clean and professional. The movers themselves are a perfect representation of the company overall. An experienced moving company is like to have movers who take great pride in the work that they do, ensure that they are neatly dressed (even in a simple uniform), and treat each of their clients with respect.

They’ll carefully tend to your belongings to ensure that they get to the new destination in one piece.

Fully Insured

In order to fully protect you, the moving company, and your personal belongings, the moving company and its movers will need to be fully insured. This is one of the first things you should be asking or looking for in a moving company when doing your research. If a company isn’t fully insured, then if something breaks or someone gets hurt hauling your items, then it’ll be you that’s on the line and responsible for the loss or injury.

Contact us today at HotShots Moving to learn more about our professional moving services! We make sure that everything you own will get to the new destination in one piece, in a timely manner, and our movers are always kind and respectful to you and your items.

3 Reasons Not to Ask Friends to Help You Move

When it’s time to move, you may skip calling the moving company and decide to enlist a few friends. After all, you can easily sway someone with a truck to help you out when you take everyone out to dinner once the move is complete. Before you give your friends the job, here are three reasons not to ask friends for help and to hire a moving company instead.

#1: Prevent Injuries

Moving isn’t easy because objects are going to be heavy and awkward, and if you haven’t moved with your friends before, you may lack direction and this can lead to injuries. You can prevent these injuries from happening when you hire pro movers because they know the proper techniques for lifting and protecting areas of the body like the back. Additionally, movers have experience with odd-shaped and heavy items.

#2: Pro Movers Prevent Broken Items

Your friends may not be as gentle with those fragile items as movers will be. Movers know the proper packing and loading techniques to ensure that fragile boxes and pieces are protected during the ride to the next location. Plus, when you go with a moving company, you won’t have to worry about a friend breaking a favorite item and it affecting your relationship.

#3: A Moving Company Shows Up on Time

A moving company is going to be professional while your friends may not feel the same sense of urgency. Friends are more likely to cancel if something comes up or the weather is bad, but pro movers will be there on time, rain or shine. So before you call your friends in to help you move, consider hiring a moving company to prevent injuries and broken items, and to ensure everything runs smoothly and on time.

Use These Tips to Prepare for Moving Day

Moving day is just around the corner. Have you prepared everything you possibly can? Some families like to plan weeks and months in advance, that way there’s nothing last minute to worry about. And that way, if something does come up, they have plenty of time to take care of it. On the other hand, some families may wait until the final weeks to get everything done.

Everyone has their own style. Either way, below are a few tips you can use to make the moving process easier, whether using a moving company and movers or doing it yourself.

Declutter!

Although it’s easier said than done for some families, the easiest way to move a bunch of items is to not have to move as many items! Either before you begin packing your boxes or during the process, start filtering through your belongings and taking stock of what’s useful or valuable and what isn’t. Get rid of what you don’t want and won’t need to make more room in your new home.

Pack Room by Room

It’s easier to focus on one room at a time and to organize boxes based on the purpose of the items within them. For example you can start with your kitchen and only box items that are intended for the kitchen. This way when you load and unload all of your boxes into the new home, all of your kitchen oriented items will be side by side.

Going room by room also helps to break up the whole process into more manageable, bite-sized segments.

Use Labels

You can use labels to categorize boxes based on their purpose or room they will be in. You can even color code the labels or boxes to help categorize items more efficiently. For example you can organize by kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, garage, and so on.

Get Utilities Setup Before You Arrive

You don’t want to show up and get cozy into a home that doesn’t have your favorite utilities up and running! Take the time to set up utilities in advance, like your internet access, and alert the post office about your new address.

Always Keep Medicine and Essentials On Hand

Avoid being caught not knowing where important medicine or other essentials and valuables are in the middle of your big move. Having it handy will reduce stress in a time of need and otherwise simplify the process when things don’t go as planned.

Hire a Moving Crew

A team of movers specialize in transporting boxes, furniture, and other belongings from one destination to the next. Why not get a professional moving company to handle all that weight and work if you don’t want to spend a lot of your time doing all the heavy lifting yourself?

 

 

Contact us today to learn more about how our movers can make your relocation simple and stress free.

Don't Be Keith Hernandez

In a famed series of episodes of the hit TV show “Seinfeld”, Jerry has struck up a friendship with former New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez. Jerry is proud of the new friendship and enjoys rubbing shoulders with a member of his favorite baseball franchise. Then it happens. After hanging out a few times, Keith pops the question to Jerry. He asks Jerry to help him move. This sparks shock from Jerry and his group of friends leading Jerry to liken helping a friend move is equivalent to “going all the way” in a male relationship. His willingness finally leads Kramer to question Jerry’s pride and dignity and eventually leads to the end of Jerry and Keith’s friendship. It’s one of the classic episodes of a classic show.

While it's all played for laughs, it does highlight the value in hiring movers. Moving is a daunting undertaking and without the necessary help and equipment, it can take far longer than anticipated. Your stuff is heavy and it takes a long time to get it all where it needs to go. Don’t be like Keith Hernandez and willingly test the limits of your new or old friendships. If you’ve got friends like Jerry Seinfeld who would rather let your friendship die than help you move, you should let HotShots do the heavy lifting and help you keep your friendships in tact.

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