Big questions to ask before moving

So you’re thinking about moving, congratulations! Deciding whether or not to move is one of those big decisions our parents always told us about. With big decisions comes some big questions, too. Whether you use our Sunnyvale movers for your big day or your moving from a different city to the Sunnyvale area, here are some important questions to ask yourself before deciding to move.

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Can I afford it?

Moving expenses add up. Not only are you hiring a professional, trustworthy mover, but there’s also dump run fees, packing supplies, gas and even all the takeout orders to consider (unless you plan on cooking through all the chaos). In addition, you will need to know how the real estate market compares to your current city. Even if you’re moving 20 miles, housing prices can change depending on the neighborhood you’re looking at. Real estate in the Sunnyvale area is slightly different that Redwood city, Palo Alto and other areas in the Bay. Make sure you have the funds to do it right and avoid cutting corners.

Is the culture appealing to me?

Our Sunnyvale movers have moved dozens of people who decided their new city wasn’t appealing after all. What a bummer! It’s understandable, people often move for jobs or other responsibilities, but it’s important to ask whether this new city appeals to you before you commit to moving. Where we hang our hat has a big influence on what we eat, what we do for fun, and even who we end up with. Make sure that place has the culture you will enjoy.

When’s the best time to move?

Depending on where you’re looking to move, seasons could have a big influence on when you move. If you’re trying to move to Chicago in February, you might what to reconsider. If you move from Palo Alto to Sunnyvale, though, it probably won’t matter that much.

How will I get around?

If your new town has great public transportation, you might consider selling your car. On the other hand, if you are moving from the Bay to a city with poor public transportation, you may need to invest in a car.

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Do I know anyone where I’m going?

Even if you consider yourself an independent type, it’s valuable to know at least one person in a new city. If you moved for school or work, it helps to have someone outside of those environments to spend time with, show you around and introduce you to other people.

What’s the job market like?

If you’re moving for a change of scenery, take a good hard look at the job market before you decide to move. Depending on your industry jobs could be extremely competitive, or the industry could be less established than you’re used to. We spend a good chunk of our waking hours at work, make sure you can work somewhere that suits you.

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Do I have a plan B?

It happens: you move, you endure it for a month or two, and then you realize this place just isn’t for you. Even if you feel like there’s no possible way you could regret this move, have a plan B. There’s no telling what curveball could be thrown at you, so set up a soft place to land, just in case.

Moving in the Bay Area? Call our Sunnyvale movers for a quote today!

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what to expect from a professional moving service

When selecting a professional Redwood City moving company, there’s a lot to consider. First, what does it really mean to be “professional”? A Professional moving company will be fully licensed and insured, and they will also have clear processes to assist you throughout your move. We want to make hiring professional movers a clean process, and part of keeping things professional is being as prepared as possible. There are some things your professional movers would like for you to know in order to have an efficient and pleasant moving day. Here are 5 moving day tips to improve the experience and professionalism of your move.

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Be Packed Before They Arrive

This might go without saying, but in our experience we’ve seen lots of families scrambling to finish packing as the movers arrive. This can cause a bunch of problems, some of which might end up costing you more money. Make sure your belongings are wrapped and packed so the hauling is clean and organized. Don’t waste their time, you’re paying for it!

Label Those Boxes

Moving and unpacking is much more organized when you label the boxes by what rooms they are going to. Save your movers and yourself the headache when you arrive to your new home. Also, clearly label any and all boxes that have fragile items in them. Make the lettering big and clear.

Stay Out Of The Way

When it comes time to move your belongings, it’s best to step aside and let them do their job. This is actually much more helpful than sticking around and micromanaging, as that added pressure could lead to an unnecessary accident. If you spent the time vetting professional movers and chose the most appropriate Redwood City movers for the job, then there should be nothing to worry about. While you should be out of the way, don’t skip out of town. Movers will need you close by should anything come up.

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Hold On To Your Jewelry and Medications

Anything of significant value should be kept with you during the move. While our professional movers do their very best to keep your personal belongings safe and protected, there’s no sense risking things you couldn’t do without.

Don’t Forget to Tip! Tips for professional movers is typically between 10-15% of the moving price. Tips are not included in the price.

The Pros and Cons of Asking Friends to Help You Move

When you’re getting ready to move, there’s a lot to think about, a lot to get done and a lot of expenses you may not have seen coming. It can seem like a no brainer to reduce some of the stress and ask your friends to help you move. It is especially tempting to do so if you’re moving in the same town. While there are undeniable perks to having your friends help with the move, there are some downsides as well. If you’re getting ready to move in or near Redwood City, consider these 6 pros and cons of having your friends or extended family help you move.

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Pro: You Save Money

When your friends help you move, you don’t have to pay any moving or hauling fees. All you have to pay for is an extra large pizza and maybe a six-pack, the rest is on the friends and family tab.

Con: You Get What You Pay For

Unless your friends and family are professional movers (or they’ve moved themselves a dozen times) they aren’t going to have the skills and experience to pack and load your personal belongings. This can become a big problem when it comes to your fragile or precious items.

Pro: You Can Trust Your Friends

You’ve got a lot on your mind during a move, and the last thing you want to worry about is keeping an eye on the strangers in your house. Friends and family can be trusted, which eases some of the stress from the move.

Con: If Something Breaks, It’s Awkward

It is totally possible that a loved one could damage or break something while packing or moving. If that happens, there is no insurance to cover the damage. Doing business with family members is always uncomfortable, and “hiring” them to move your belongings is no different.

Pro: You Get To Share A Big Moment With The Ones You Love

When you’re packing and moving things, a lot of memories tend to come from nowhere. It’s nice to have people you love around to relay all the sudden memories you made in your home. PLus, familiar company makes all the work a bit more manageable.

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Con: They Don’t Want To Work

It’s entirely possible that your friends will show up to “help”, do some micromanaging, pack a box or two and then skip out of there. Moving is a lot of work and responsibility, and relying on friends and family to help out with packing, moving and hauling is a lot like asking them to pet sit your horse.

If you’re in the Redwood City area and you’re getting ready to move, call the professionals at Moving Forward, Redwood City Movers.