A Comprehensive Guide to different types of moves
Different types of moves require different efforts. Before you dive headfirst into the various moving options available to you, start by assessing the type of move you have and what the key factors are to keep in mind for your specific move. Some moving companies stick to defining your move by distance. At Red Ball, we like to also consider the amount of things you are moving, for instance, a partial or full load, an apartment move, or a home move. Here, we’ve broken down types of moves into a few different categories to help you better determine what your needs are.
In most cases, a small move is an apartment move, but a small move can also be a partial move where you don’t want an entire home packed and moved. The standard weight of a small move is 2,000 pounds or less. In any case, performing a small move may not seem like a big deal, but it is always helpful to reach out to an expert to ensure you are taking the right steps for your move. For instance, an apartment move may not seem like a very large task until you start packing and realize how much stuff you really have packed away into such a small space.
When you have a house move, the energy required to complete the task will depend on the number of rooms and square footage of your home, as well as the weight of the move itself. For most house moves, you can take moving as an opportunity to purge and get rid of things you may not want or need in your next location. The common practice is to host a yard or garage sale, which can also get you some extra funds to put towards hiring movers to ensure your move goes exactly as planned.
Interstate or long-distance moves can seem like the most tedious and time-consuming move of them all because you are moving out of the state and sometimes thousands of miles across the country. In addition to the time commitment for a long-distance move, these moves can sometimes cost more because of all the effort required. At Red Ball, we know the headache that can sometimes accompany a move like this, and with more than 90 years of experience and customer satisfaction, we are willing to take that headache from you. As a full-service moving company, we have exactly what you need to move from here to there with the least amount of stress possible.
Local moves cover shorter distances usually less than 50 to 100 miles. While you may not have to worry about shipping your possessions a long distance, a local move still deserves care and talent to ensure your belongings arrive at your new home damage-free. Hiring a moving company for your local move can alleviate some stress, allowing you to focus on your daily activities so your relocation doesn’t get in the way of everyday life.
Apartment moves can seem like simple tasks compared to moving a 1500-square-foot home. But even an average-sized apartment can be a bit of work. And without the proper expertise, your furniture and other possessions are at risk for damage. When you are making an apartment move, you still have to make the same considerations that are made when making a house move—just on a smaller scale. We recommend you take a look at our moving checklist and our moving tips to get started.
Timing is Everything
Once you are ready to start planning your move, the first thing to consider is timing. What are the parameters of your lease and how much time do you have left? In most apartment complexes you are required to give a notice about your move to the leasing agent. Find out the parameters of the notice, whether it is 30 days or 60 days and notify your landlord within the right timeframe.
After you have found your new place, begin thinking about when you will pick up your keys and an actual moving day. The best practice is to pick up the keys for your new home on a date before your apartment lease is up. This gives you more space to play with for your actual moving day. Once you get everything moved into your new home, you can return to your old apartment and do some deep cleaning of the empty apartment to ensure you get your security deposit returned.
When thinking of timing, you might also consider the time of year you are moving. Summer is the busiest time of year for moving companies. It is also a very busy time for apartment complexes. If you are moving into an apartment, plan ahead based on the time of year you need to move. If you cannot avoid a summer move, secure your professional movers far enough in advance so you don’t lose out on having expert service for your move.
Although your apartment may seem like an easy feat to move, hiring professional movers can make the moving process smooth and stress-free. Many apartment buildings require creative maneuvering due to steps and smaller hallways. Instead of risking damage to your property or to the apartment, it is usually a better idea to enlist the help of professionals. At Red Ball, our expert relocation specialists have the experience to move heavy and fragile objects up and down the stairs of apartment buildings. We also keep your possessions unharmed, giving you the peace of mind you need during a somewhat stressful project, and allowing you to continue to build on the possessions you own. Let’s face it, you work hard for your things, and we want to work hard to keep them intact.
Now that you’re zeroed in on the different types of moves, let us help you with the next step – request a free moving quote.