Whether it’s a job relocation or looking for a fresh start, moving across the states in Malaysia or overseas is certainly much more stressful than just moving across town to another neighbourhood. Packing your whole life into boxes and making sure that it reaches the other end perfectly fine can be a nerve-wrecking process – the longer the distance, the higher the chances for things to go wrong in between!
Good organisation and planning ahead significantly reduces the stress and risks involved in your move. Should you get professional help? Or save some extra cash by doing it yourself? To get you started on the right track, here’re 4 moving essentials to consider when deciding to go DIY or get help:
1. Watch Your Budget
Moving yourself is definitely cheaper. If you’re on a tight budget and don’t have much personal effects or fragile items to move, then stick to renting a truck and do your own moving. Be prepared though, it can be physically stressful. A good idea is to get a super-organised friend to help you with the packing and making a to-do checklist.
Hiring movers doubles or triples the cost, but a team of good movers is worth every cent when you are moving out from a larger house and when you’ve got your whole family’s personal effects to take care of. If you do decide to fork out for a professional job, make sure you select a reputable company with references from satisfied customers. (we’ll explain more below)
2. Going DIY
Do these things to smoothen your moving project:
- First of all, plan your packing so you don’t break or misplace anything. Do your packing room by room and think about how many boxes you would need for all your possessions. Get large boxes for blankets and pillows, but smaller ones for everything else.
- Use plenty of packing material – how careful and secure you do your packing can make a huge difference to the condition of your belongings when they reach their destination. Make sure you have enough boxes, bubble wrap and tape.
- Label boxes clearly by room and what it contains. Boxes from the same room should be loaded together so they can be unloaded together.
While you’re at it, lighten to load – this is a good time to sort through stuff which you seldom or never use. Recycle or donate items that are still in good condition.
3. Choosing A Moving Company
It is very important to hire trustworthy movers, even if they cost a little more than your cheapest quote. Compare as many quotes as possible and find out if they offer any value added services. Try to ask around for references – some companies would have a list of customers reviews on their website, like what we have on Kaodim.
Decide who can do the job best instead of scouting for the lowest prices. Choose a mover with whom you can communicate comfortably with to increase your chances of a good moving experience. Good movers answer your questions quickly and they are flexible to accommodate your specific needs.
Most movers will offer to do your packing. Save some money by packing basic essentials yourself and loading as much as you can in your own car (if you’re following the moving truck).
4. Moving Large Items
Do you have large items like a pool table, piano, kitchen appliances, furniture or a mini vehicle of some sort (eg. dirt bikes)? You will need to acquire special equipment to lift, pack and load them into your truck.
If you’re hiring a professional mover, ask whether they have any experience transporting your specific item (moving a fragile piano needs more care than a sofa) and give prior instructions to prepare them for the move.
Find out which one of our professional movers on Kaodim’s listing fits your house moving budget – you can get up to 5 free quotes from the best matching companies. Simply consider your moving needs again from the tips above, fill in the form and tell us how we can help!