If you’re moving locally then, depending on the location and the type of place your moving to, you can move your things yourself. This also depends on how much furniture you have, and how much help you get from people who have vehicles to transport your items.
The question of using a moving company arises when you are moving to a distant place. In this case you can hitch your car behind moving truck. A problem that may arise is your pets, if any as well as the wear and tear on you and the wastage of gas, etc.
If you are shifting your goods yourself, you will have to first procure the packing materials, pack the items and then load it in the truck and drive. When you seek the help of a moving company, you will be charged, depending on the weight, space the items occupy and the distance to be covered. More over, you have to be more careful in packing the items, as it has to be as per the guidelines laid down by the company. Also, you will have to ensure that the company people are capable of handling the fragile items with care, so that you will not be put to any loss when the packets reach their destination.
Before signing contracts with the moving company, check the contract paper thoroughly to make sure there is no hidden cost. Moreover, check with them whether they have proper arrangements to handle fragile appliances like washers and dryers. You must be save all receipts, contracts and lists of the items they are going to transport so that you can draw tax benefit on that expenditure later on.
It is important to set a budget when you decide to move. Several things will add up in your budget such as the cost of truck or moving company, insurance on your items, packing supplies and the fuel used. Some simple steps to take to create a budget: 1. Create a budget template. 2. The expenses the company is going to charge you; call them prior on deciding on a company and put the highest amount in your budget. 3. Add insurance. 4. Additional service costs, e.g. if they have to move the appliances. 5. Claims. 6. Packing costs if you are not packing yourself. 7. Moving costs if you decide on using a company to move your furniture, etc.
In short, through market inquiries, ensure that the company has a good reputation and also find out the age of the company. Also ensure that it is capable of meeting all your requirements.