Are you searching for the most efficient way to move? This will depend on the type of move you are making. Are you the owner of a 4-bedroom home with little time to pack? Maybe you are a college student looking for the most cost-efficient way to move. Or perhaps you’re the owner of a baby grand piano in search of professional piano movers. Efficiency will look different depending on the type of move you plan to make. Below, the moving experts at Gentle Giant break down the most efficient way to move, depending on your specific needs!
The Most Efficient Way to Move Your Home
The bigger the home, the more items to move…and the more stressful the packing process. Whether you are undertaking a local or long-distance relocation, packing and transporting the entire content of a home is time-consuming and often overwhelming. With over 40 years of experience under our belt, the Giants can safely say that the most efficient way to move your family home is by hiring professional, full-service movers like Gentle Giant. Professional movers will have you packed, loaded, transported, and moved into your new home before you know it.
What are Full-Service Movers?
Full-service movers are the most efficient way to move your home because they take care of every step of the relocation process. They begin by carefully packing all of your belongings into moving boxes, disassembling items, and preparing your furniture for transportation. On move day the movers will load all of your belongings onto the moving trucks. Reliable movers will know how to load a truck to effectively reduce the potential for damage during transit. Once everything is loaded they will drive to your new home and begin the process of unloading and unpacking. While a full-service move will cost you, it also comes with the benefit of not having to lift a finger. You can sit back, relax, and let the moving crew do the work for you!
Pro-tip for efficiency: Tell your movers which room, and where in the room you want a piece of furniture placed. If it doesn’t look right to you, ask them to try out a different spot. This will save you from having to move furniture around yourself later in time.
The Most Cost-Efficient Way to Move
DIY – Do it yourself! For students looking to move on a budget, hiring professional movers may be too expensive. Additionally, you may only have the contents of one bedroom to pack and transport, making it much more feasible to undertake yourself. Reach out to some friends (who can likely be recruited with free soda and pizza) to help out on move day. You can pick up essential moving materials like boxes, labels, tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap at a local Home Depot.
If you don’t have a car to transport your belongings, or it’s too small to fit everything, renting a U-Haul van may be your best option. With rental rates starting at $20, it’s a budget-friendly choice. But be warned – rentals book out quickly during peak moving times like weekends, the summer season, and more specifically the last weekend of August.
Pro-tip for efficiency: If your building has a concierge or front desk, ask them for a dolly or hand cart. It will save you from a lot of heavy lifting and help to keep your back intact!
The Most Efficient Way to Move Specialty Items
Some moves may involve moving specialty items like artwork, pianos, electronics, china, or antiques. These high-value items are often very delicate and susceptible to damage while in transport. For this reason, they may require specialty moving services. We recommend hiring professional movers who have proven experience in moving valuable items. This way you will reduce the potential for damage to your grandmother’s beloved china set or your favorite (and most expensive) piece of artwork.
Moving companies that offer specialty services are the most efficient way to move specialty items as they are trained in the specific requirements of each item. For example, Allston Piano, a division of Gentle Giant Moving, deals exclusively in the relocation of pianos. With more than 60 years of experience in moving pianos, the Allston crews are well-versed in how to move all types of pianos, from grands to uprights. Similarly, many moving companies will offer crate services for transporting artwork or electronics. The extra protection provided by the crate cannot be beaten. In most cases, the crate will act as an effective barrier against water, soil, and shock (low-level vibration, as well as high-impact blows).
Pro-tip for efficiency: Ask your move consultant about the company’s packing and unpacking services. Where a move involves delicate and breakable items like china or antiques, it may be best to leave the packing and unpacking to the professionals. Gentle Giant movers must attend classes on packing fragile, high-value items as part of their training.
Are you planning a local or long-distance move? Hire professional movers like Gentle Giant to take away the stress of the move! Check out our moving checklist for further information on how to prepare for your move and use our free move estimate tool to determine the cost of your move. Additionally, you can view our locations, and the various moving services we offer including packing, piano moving, and more here.