Preparing For Your Move

You’ve decided to hire a moving company but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? While our Muscle Movers are far and away the hardest-working and most efficient movers out there, the amount of time it takes to complete your service ultimately comes down to… you.  Since we (and almost all local movers) charge by the hour, the best thing you can do to save money on your move is to prepare effectively. Here are some hints to lower the cost of your service:

  • PURGE!
    • The time to get rid of unwanted stuff is before moving day. It may seem pretty obvious, but the more you are able to sort and purge, the less the movers have to haul, and the less time the service will take.
    • Many times people do not really know how much they have before they begin packing up. If you find yourself wondering how you accumulated so much, take a few hours to decide what you really want to bring to your new home, and what might be donated/thrown out.
  • PACK!
    • Most people thing that larger furniture items are the main focus of the move. While this is true, a lot of the time the items that take the longest to move are the smaller miscellaneous items and boxes without closed tops. Therefore, by making sure your items are packed efficiently for moving can dramatically reduce the cost of the service.
    • When packing items in boxes, label them on at least 2 sides with what is inside. This allows you and the movers to quickly identify where in the home the box should go, instead of having to ask about each and every box.
    • Do your best to pack everything into boxes. Loose or miscellaneous smaller items add an incredible amount of time to a moving service (and are the chief reason for moving estimates being inaccurate). Every item not boxed equals another trip to and from the truck and the time quickly adds up! It may not be initially apparent, but by packing well you are saving yourself a lot of money and hassle.
    • Most people have at least a handful of items that require disassembly in order to transport them. If you can allow the movers to focus on moving your items, rather than taking them apart and putting them back together, you will shorten the service.
    • We are always more than willing to help with disassembly/reassembly, it does add a fair amount of time though so if you are looking to get the most bang for your buck this is one area that can really save time!


We hope these ideas are helpful! What are some things that you have done during your past moves that have seemed to make things easier or saved time?