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Local Movers - Moving Locally - Things to Consider

Local-MoversMoving locally may, on the surface, seem to be much easier and less hassle than moving across the country, but there are a number of factors to consider in any move, local or otherwise. Many of the same hassles that come with moving cross country are also true of shorter, local moves.

First, while movers might not always be necessary for a local move, it wouldn't be a bad idea to contact local movers to see what kinds of prices they charge and how they might be able to help you. Don't think that just because you're moving locally, that you should just do it all on your own. While it may be easier and more possible to make several trips with your own vehicles in a local move, consider the time and gas that would be spent on such a moving plan and see if local movers might be able to help ease some of those troubles.

There are a number of things to consider when you talk to house movers for a local move. Make sure to investigate any company before you sign a contract, and ask for a written statement of charges once you have selected your moving company. Discuss with the company whether they will be charging a flat or hourly rate, and find a company that will fit in with your desired method of payment as well. Make sure you know their policy for items that are damaged or lost by the movers.

Your obligations when talking with a moving company are simple. Make sure to be upfront with the circumstance of the move, including stairs, or other small, tight spaces that may make moving more difficult. If you're not upfront, you could find yourself facing un-planned charges the day of the move. Also, make sure to have people at both the old and new homes, noting the items being put on the truck, and unloaded at the new house. Make sure to have someone check the old house to ensure that nothing has been left behind before the company finishes loading.

While all of these factors may not be specific to moving locally, they may be more important for a local move, simply from the standpoint of saving money. A local move should be less expensive, due to a shorter distance between houses, so making sure all of the above is followed will ensure that the move is more affordable for you.

One idea that can be used for a local move is aimed at helping to save some money. Hire a moving company to move the big and hard to move items, and move the smaller items yourself. This is easily done on a local move, and can be even easier to do if you can recruit friends or family members to fill up their cars and take a load over to the new house - you can quickly and easily get the smaller items moved without paying a moving company to do it for you. Make sure to buy your friends lunch or find another way to thank them for their time, but even with this, it will be a cheaper option than having the moving company do everything for you.

The idea of moving locally may mean that many people take less time to properly pack and plan for the move. None of these things are less important due to the shorter distance of your move. Make sure your items are properly packed and labeled, as they can just as easily get misplaced or broken during a short, local move as on a longer move.

All in all, there will be some things about the logistics of a local move that will be less complicated than a long distance move. However, moving locally is still a lot of work, and there are a number of important factors that should not be overlooked when planning for that local move.


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