Everything to Know About Choosing a Mover and Getting an In-Home Estimate

Moving out of the state is a huge and challenging project. In addition to the fact that you practically have to leave everything which is familiar to you behind and start over, there is also the practical part of the move. If you do not strategize well for the move, the stress that you have to deal with throughout the entire process becomes magnified. Here is a guide on how to plan your out of state move, and the importance of great preparation beforehand.

Getting a moving company

An out of state move is a process which will take at least a day to accomplish. It also comes with its unique challenges such as border regulations, which you may not be able to deal with even if you had a vehicle with the capacity to handle all your belongings. It is, therefore, a smart idea to hire a competent interstate moving company to help you handle the transition in a stress-free way. Ask friends for recommendations, and then search online for companies which have a good reputation and positive customer reviews. Before you make tome for a face to face interview:

  • Check to see if the company has all the required licenses and registration.
  • Make sure that the company has insurance coverage so that in case of any accidents or incidents, your valuables will be compensated.
  • Check their availability in the dates that you would wish to make a move.

When a company checks out on these requirements, you can arrange a one on one meeting.

Schedule an in-home estimate

An in-home estimate is the best way for the company to figure out how much furniture and household items they will be expected to haul across the state, and the fragility of each one of the pieces. Most genuine and competent moving companies provide this estimate free. When preparing for an estimate:

  • Take inventory of your furniture
  • Label the items which you will be taking with you clearly
  • If possible, separate what you will not be taking with you

When the company comes in for the estimate, allow them to look into all of the rooms to see what they will have to carry and what will be left. There are some factors that will affect the final estimate, when they give it to you, ask them to explain the estimate.

Determining service requirements

It is also important to make sure that you understand all other service requirements which could be part of your moving cost. Some of these service requirements include:

  • Packing and unpacking assistance
  • Short-term storage
  • Crating
  • Piano, antique and fragile appliances moving
  • Furniture disassembly and re-assembly.

Ask the movers whether they charge extra for these items, or it comes included in the cost. In case these items are not listed on the website, ask a representative of the company about them. Finally, take your time when planning and executing the move because better planning will mean better results and fewer complications or losses in the move.

Moving Checklist for Planning Your Denver, CO Relocation

Moving cross-country differs from moving across the city or county. There will be no driving to the old neighborhood to get papers or notify someone of the move. Moving to Denver will take careful planning and lots of footwork. Ready? Let’s roll!


Eight Weeks Out

Employ a real estate agent in Denver to locate a house. Put yours up for sale.

Go through the house with a notebook and pen. List everything in the house. Moving company quotes are based on box count and furnishings.

Research moving companies. Locate one that is bonded and insured, and check the scam websites for the company’s veracity. Get a quote.

Six Weeks Out

Book your moving company. Order boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and labels.

Book a cleaning company for the week you move.

Four Weeks Out

Collect all school records, shot records, medical records, legal and financial records.

You won’t have to worry about tags, insurance, and licenses until you’ve been in Denver 30 days.

You’ll need to notify your attorney, accountant, and credit card companies of the move.

Begin packing. Remember to pack a box for the day of the move. Include personal hygiene products, medications, clothing, and snacks for the drive. This box will go in the car with you.

Three Weeks Out

Moving companies won’t carry items such as flammables, paint cans, and gas cylinders for the grill. Pack them in the car or lose them.

Begin gifting, donating, or otherwise losing unwanted and unused items. Schedule a Salvation Army or Goodwill truck to pick up leftover, unwanted items.

Get the car tuned up, replace the tires, and check the brakes.

If you see that you’ll need a storage unit, then make the arrangements now.

Two Weeks Out

Schedule utility stops at the old address and turning them on at the new address:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Landline telephone
  • Cable/satellite service
  • Sewer and trash services

Empty your safe-deposit box.

Confirm moving day with the moving company.

Get out plenty of cash for gas, food, and emergencies on the way to Denver.

Remember whatever will make your pet comfortable on moving day. He or she’ll be uneasy and frightened at all the hullabaloo.


One Week Out

Change your address online at USPS.com.

Begin to empty the fridge of food that will spoil.

Have the packing finished at least three days before the move.

Moving Day

Clean out the fridge. Take out all trash in the house.

Make sure the “moving day” box is in the car, and that you have pet food and water dishes for your pet. A blanket or bed he or she loves will make them feel better.

Do a last walk around the house after the movers have finished. Close and lock all the doors and windows.

Make sure you get the cell phone numbers of the movers. They will need to know if you’re stopping for potty breaks, food, or any emergencies.