Thursday, 12 July 2012

How To Allocate How Many Movers We Need When Moving To a New House?

How To Allocate How Many Movers We Need When Moving To a New House?

Moving to a new house is an exciting experience, but it can also be daunting because of the many decisions that need to be made, for example, whether to hire professional movers or not, which company to hire, how many movers to book and many more. A professional moving company will be there to assist you with this, as they are able to send sufficient movers to help you based on
experience. But if you choose to hire independent movers, how many should you book?    

Independent movers are movers which do not belong specifically to a company, rather they are freelance movers who are called in when the company receives a call. Such companies will only provide you with the manpower to load and unload the truck, leaving you to settle the rest, including the truck. It might be cheaper to hire independent movers if you can rent the truck separately at a lower rate. You can also hire these movers directly, saving on the company’s middleman costs. 

There are several things you have to consider when deciding how many movers is required to move. Here is a quick checklist to help you decide:

1.    What is your budget? You have to work out how much you want to spend on hiring movers, and then call up companies for quotations before you decide how many movers you can afford.

2.    When are you moving?
During peak seasons like the New Year, many people prefer not to work, so if you simply have to move during that period, you might not find as many movers, and you may incur higher costs which could mean your budget cannot accommodate as many movers. Call ahead of time to check with the company.

3.    Do you have friends and relatives to help you move? Having people willing to help you out would mean you need to hire fewer paid movers. You should also ensure that the movers you hire are reliable and will turn up, so you do not have to hire back-ups to replace them.

4.    How long have you lived in your current home? The longer you have lived there, the more things you are likely to have accumulated and you will then need to hire more movers. Get the company to send a representative to your home and give you an estimate of the number of workers they will need to send on moving day. You could do this after you finish packing your belongings into boxes.

5.    What kind of furniture do you have? Do you have a piano or other bulky furniture that needs to be handled carefully? If so, you might need extra manpower, or even consider hiring specialist movers for these items for your peace of mind.

6.    What type of house are you moving to? Or what type of house are you currently living in? If you need the movers to use the lift or stairs to reach your home, or you live in a double-storey house, there will be more moving involved and you might want to hire more movers to get the work done faster. If you are moving to a hostel, 2 movers might be enough. But if you are moving to a landed property, you would probably need 6. Again, you could consult the moving company for advice, which they should be willing to provide.

7.    How does the company charge? Some charge less if you do your own packing, so you could save if you have the time to do it yourself and hire them only for the moving. You should also find out if the company charges by the hour or by the worker, what the minimum hours are, and how much the additional charges will be should you need additional time to complete the move.

For example, depending on how the pricing system works, it might be cheaper to hire two workers for the minimum 3 hour block and then pay them for an additional hour to complete the move, as compared to hiring three workers for 3 hours. The reverse might also be true, depending on the policies of the company. You would then have to decide if you would rather spend more time or money on the move.

The above checklist should be a rough guide for you, but if you are in doubt, it is always good to consult the moving company as they would know best.

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