Moving Tips from the Dallas–Fort Worth Moving Experts
When is the ideal time to move?
It may be surprising, considering our often uncomfortable summer weather, but the summer months are actually the most popular moving months in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. This may be because kids are out of school and it’s just the most convenient time for people to move in and around Texas.
Also, unsurprisingly, the beginning and end of each month is a pretty popular moving time. As you can imagine, many people, especially in rentals try to move at the end of their lease, which generally ends at the end of a month.
If you are in the same boat, we highly recommend you schedule your Dallas–Fort Worth move ahead of time.
What should I look for in a moving company?
Our company relies on a lot of word-of-mouth recommendations, so we would highly suggest you ask your friends, family and neighbors if they’ve had any particularly good or especially bad moving experiences, and which companies you should consider and avoid.
Getting recommendations for people you know is great, but make sure you vet a few and get multiple estimates before you commit to one moving company.
How early should I start shopping for a moving company?
As we said early in the “when is the best time to move” section, the summers are always busy as are the beginning and ends of most months. If you know you’re going to need to move during one of these times, we really recommend scheduling far in advance, maybe even six weeks before. This will help ensure you get the time and date you want.
If you won’t be moving during a peak time, you have a little more leeway. But we still recommend scheduling three to four weeks in advance, just to ensure you can get the time and day you want.
What should I expect during a moving estimate?
When you work with IMS Relocation, your moving estimate will be performed by a clean, friendly moving estimator, who will come to your home and carefully analyze your moving needs. That’s why it’s essential for the items that are being moved to be visible, allowing the estimator to obtain an accurate understanding of your unique moving needs.
This is very important when establishing your moving estimate. We want to make sure we’re giving you an honest, correct estimate at the beginning of our working relationship together. Ensuring the moving estimator knows and understands exactly what your move will entail in terms of time and resources will help us do this.
Things to Do Beforehand
There are a number of things you can do to make the move easier on you and your movers. Some of these tips will also save you money, as the less time and energy necessary to properly execute your move means a lower bill.
- Try donating some of your possessions to a Goodwill or similar organization, or even attempt to have a garage sale or sell things on a website such as eBay.
- It’s always a good idea to organize your possessions and develop a packing plan well in advance. Procrastinating on moving can make for an unpleasant moving experience.
- We’ve seen many people realize too late that their tooth brush or other essentials are now in a box buried under other boxes. Make sure you travel with your essential items to cut down on moving frustrations.
- You can save your movers time – and lower your moving bill – by having your things ready before they arrive. This means ensuring dishes are clean, electronics are unplugged and everything is in packing condition.
- If you’re moving across state lines make sure you get your financial and utility situation in order before your move. If you need to switch banks, utilities or change your mailing address, doing those things ahead of time will make your life easier.
- Visit the United States Postal Services’ website (https://moversguide.usps.com/) for a change of address form before you move. You don’t want the new owner or mail delivery person to get frustrated by your inability to think ahead.
- If you’re moving with yard maintenance equipment, make sure they are not full of fuel.
- You’re best off getting your carpets clean or having a cleaning services go through your home AFTER all your stuff is moved out, not before.
- If you’re flying to your new home, or have other travel arrangements planned, it’s best to have those things set for one of the days after your move. You never know what could happen, and you wouldn’t want a ticket to get wasted because of unforeseen moving circumstances.
- Exchange contact information with your moving trucks’ driver. You never know if he’ll get lost on his way to your new home or encounter other unforeseen events on the road.
Stuff That Movers Won’t Touch
There are a number of items we can’t move for liability and safety reasons. Some of these items include:
- Flammable Liquids – Anything from aerosol cans and gasoline. Please do not pack any kind of combustible items for your movers to relocate.
- Hazardous Materials – Really anything that could cause adverse reactions to our movers’ health. This includes things like paints, ammunitions and of course any kind of explosives.
- Important Personal Items – We do not like to move jewelry, as these are small, very expensive pieces of your property for which we are liable. We also don’t want to move any important legal documents, such as your will or trust documents, financial papers or insurance policies.
- Living Things – If you have plants you can’t part with we would appreciate it if you moved those on your own. This is doubly true for pets.