Wehaul D.C. Moving Tips
Here are a few tips I've compiled to help you save money, reduce stress and most importantly... keep your movers happy!
1- Plan Ahead
Have an idea of where you want your furniture placed before moving day. This is especially important with large pieces. You don't want to regret your choice of placement after were gone. A good plan lets you take full advantage of us while we are in your home.
2- Packing Takes Time
Packing is usually the most stressful aspect of any move. If you start early, you can minimize your moving day stress. Start with the guest room, or things that you know you aren't going to be needing. This will give you a good idea of how long it takes you to pack a room.
3- Put the Drawers Back In After You Remove and Box their Contents
Taking the drawers out of your dresser does make it significantly lighter, but it prefents making multiple trips for all the drawers. Loose items in the drawers may also fall between the drawer tracks and damage them.
4- Coordinate With Your New Building
If you are moving between apartments with elevators, be sure to reserve the loading dock and elevator well in advance. They sometimes have strange hours that they allow moves. Reserve early to make sure you get the time and date slot you want.
5- When in Doubt, Toss it Out!
When most of us pack, we find lots of things we didn't even realize we owned. Have a yard-sale or donate some things. While we are happy to move that box of macaroni art you made in elementary school, there is no sense paying to move things you don't use.
6- Leave Pets and Kids With Family or Friends
Some animals become quite stressed when they see the home they've known for years being carried out the front door. When heavy items are being moved about the house, It isn't always a safe environment for small children or pets.
7- Get Good Deals on Good Boxes
Duffel bags, grocery bags, crates, and old rotten boxes don't provide the protection that good cardboard does. Look for free used boxes on Craigslist, liquor stores or supermarkets. Generally Home Depot or Lowes will be cheaper than moving supply dealers.
8- Don't Forget to Mention Everything
If you find you have more items than you originally listed, update us. This helps us determine how long your job will take, what size truck to bring, and how many movers are necessary. The more we know the better we can serve you.
9- Mark Boxes With any Special Instructions
We are always careful with all of your belongings, but it is still helpful to know which ones need special care. If things are fragile, need to stay right side up, are antiques, or contain live animals, Let us know!
10- Use Colored Tape
Different colors of painter's tape can help the movers determine where items belong. Color for upstairs, downstairs, donation items, or things that stay behind can help streamline the process on larger moves with multiple guys.
11- Reserve Parking
For Street parking our 16 to 18 foot trucks require a minimum of 30 feet of work space. A 26 foot truck needs at least 50 feet of work space! When you reserve street parking follow the rules on the permits. You will want to check to see if you need cars towed 1-2 hours before we arrive.
12- Time Cushion
Avoid scheduling cleaners, cable guys, and others too close to moving time. My crew will always work as quickly as we can, but slowdowns can happen if we are competing for space.
13- Make a Necessity Box
For bigger moves, you cant expect to finish unpacking in a day. Make a special box or two that have your bedding, toothbrush, phone chargers and other things you will need that night. It is nice to spend the first night without worrying about which box you put the TP in.
14- Bed Bugs
I inspect for bed bugs on every move. We do not move any furniture or bedding if bedbugs are detected. Even though we meticulously treat the trucks for these parasites, it is not worth the risk of spreading them to other customers.