MoveChat – Tips for First Time Movers

On the first and third Thursday of the month, movers from across North America participate in a discussion on Twitter, called MoveChat, where stories, tips, and advice are shared. Every week, we discuss a specific part of the moving process. This week the topic was, “Tips for First Time Movers” and what follows is an edited transcript of the discussion. We invite you to join us on the first and third Thursday of every month at 2 pm ET to get great advice and tips from the pros. Simply log into Twitter and follow the hashtag #movechat.

Q1. How far in advance should people plan a move? A month? Two weeks?

HolmanMoving I think for most people, especially people moving for the first time, it’s a good idea to get organized 2-3 months out.

MovingBusiness A move should be scheduled months in advance to maintain a health mindset about it.

HAuston As much in advance as possible.

MovePoint start making check lists for everything that you will need months ahead of time to make sure that nothing will be forgotten.

PortageCartage A month is always better than 2 weeks, especially during summer. Movers get busy real fast during peak season.

MovingBusiness A customer should schedule a move at least 2 weeks in advance to guarantee their desired day. But here in peek season. A month.

MovingBusiness If there is any storage, or extra stops, those need to be pre-planned.

HolmanMoving Two months out is a great time to decide what you are taking. This way you have time to sell off items you don’t want.

Q1B: What types of moving activities should be done a few months before moving?

HAuston Declutter. Give items no longer needed away. Perhaps to ministries that need support.

HAuston Contact all utilities, vendors, clubs, etc. with new address info.

PortageCartage Finding a place to live – sounds obvious but a lot of people put it off.

HolmanMoving It’s a good time to schedule services, like cable, for installation so that you have it ready when you move in.

Q2. When it comes to planning a move, what steps are underestimated the most from a time perspective?

MovingBusiness Dis-assemblies are one of the biggest time wasters. Many customers have no clue that they need to take things apart.

HAuston Time needed for packing. Time to gather proper packing materials.

MovingBusiness Closing on house. There have been a few times where customers were suppose to close at a certain time of day, but it was postponed

HolmanMoving Packing is the biggest time suck, indeed. No, you CANNOT pack the night before!

HAuston For the DIY customer: time for picking up, fueling and returning rental equipment!

PortageCartage Packing your boxes! Unless you bring in the pros who do it for a living

Q3. What is your best piece of advice for someone who is moving for the first time?

MovingBusiness Drink plenty of water and bring a lunch.

HAuston Establish a moving budget. Ask friends and families for advice on using a professional move

MovePoint bring as many helpers as you can

PortageCartage If you’re not able to hire a pro, make your move happen with lots of help from friends/family, and reward them richly.

HolmanMoving Focus on the positive, stay calm and plan ahead. In other words, my favorite quote: “Smile, breathe and go slowly”

We hope you enjoyed reading the transcript and we welcome you to join in the next chat. MoveChat takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. ET. Join in and learn from the pros.

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  1. Movechat is very helpful as we get to know many information about movers and great tips are shared by the movers themselves like how to plan a move and advices for the people who are moving.

    1. We thoroughly enjoy moderating movechat. The more movers and customers that participate in the chat, the better the chat. You should join in if you’re able.

  2. Great idea! Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll be updating the post text and be sure to include it up there, thanks.

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