The decision to move from one residence to another is a major life step, and may be done for any number of reasons, such as a family growing too big for its current home or if a person’s job requires them to move to another city. Smaller businesses may also pack up everything and hire moving companies to help them relocate everything to a new address, not unlike homeowners. Hiring a local mover is a great step to take for relocating a household to a new address, and long distance movers may be hired for going to another city or even another state. How can a homeowner find the right mover for the job, and get the best deal for their money? What items will a household or a small business take along or leave behind? The right mover can make this process easy and smooth.

Who Moves?

A person may want to know more about who moves where and when. Often, households do not move that far; in 2017, for example, 62% of movers were still in the same county after their move was completed, and a person may even stay in the same city, just move to a different neighborhood or apartment complex. On average, a mover is one person in a couple aged 18-34 with one or two kids, but as people age, they tend to move less often. Renters move more often than homeowners do, and a sizeable percentage of then will in fact move every single year. When are people moving? Nearly half of all mover jobs will take place in the summer, in early May through Labor Day, with December standing as the least popular month for mover work. And as of the year 2016, the mover industry was worth right around $85.7 billion, and it may very well grow in the future.

How to Move Out

The specifics for a mover job will vary from one household or small business to another, but there are several general steps that a household may take. Before the move starts, a household may want to narrow down their inventory of items and furniture, and given how the average home has a staggering 300,000 items in it, big and small, getting rid of the excess can making moving much easier. Items can be gathered by category and placed in big piles, such as piles for clothes, kids’ toys, cooking ware, supplies, hobby items, and more. Family members can carefully choose what they really need and want, and donate, sell, or throw away anything else that is no longer wanted. A garage sale can help with this, and homeowners should follow guidelines for disposing of hazardous items like paint or old batteries to prevent environmental damage.

A mover job will also involve packing up all items into clearly labeled boxes (special moving boxes may be found), and a household may then start contacting local mover crews and compare and contrast their fees, distance they will travel, what trucks and trailers they offer, and the content of customer reviews. Once a mover crew is selected, they will help load boxes and items into trucks and trailers, and the items inside should be packed tight so that nothing can fall over or jostle against each other and cause damage. Small items can be stored inside the family’s own vehicles, and pets may be kept in kennels in the car.

In some new residences, there may be narrow roads or alleys that larger mover trucks may not fit inside of, so it may be necessary to transfer items from these bigger trucks to smaller vehicles or trailers that can reach the residence, and the household’s items can be unloaded there. A smaller company can employ similar strategies when making a move, and it will likely keep larger items such as desks, PCs, chairs, meeting room tables, copiers, and fax machines, although small items like some office supplies might be left behind to save on room and moving costs if need be. The company can hire a small fleet of mover trucks and trailers to deliver the items to the new address and office building, and everything will be carefully unloaded and taken inside.

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