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A Phoenix Mover’s Step by Step Guide Through the Moving Experience

Knowing what to expect is important ahead of any significant process, and the moving process is a great example here. It’s very common to make some preparations ahead of any significant move, whether residential or commercial in nature, and having a step-by-step breakdown of this process from professionals in the moving space is a great place to start.

At Sullivan Moving & Storage, our team of experienced Phoenix movers is here to help with all your moving needs, including everything from both local and long-distance moving to storage services and more. Here’s a basic guide through the moving experience that comes straight from our pros, from quote through delivery of your items, helping you have a great idea of what to expect as you’re getting into this process.
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Research Moving Professionals

If you’ve decided to enlist the assistance of professional movers in your move (which we highly recommend!), the first step is to do some research on potential companies. This includes reading online reviews, visiting company websites, and getting quotes from multiple companies to compare pricing and services.

Get a Quote

Another important part of the process in researching potential moving companies is getting a quote. This will give you an estimate of how much your move will cost, based on services needed and the size and scope of your move. At Sullivan Moving & Storage, we’re happy to provide a free quote for your convenience- all you need to do is fill out a quick form on our website or give us a call.

The best form of quote, however, is a visual one. This quote format can be applied either in-person or through a virtual meeting similar to FaceTime. We will then have a detailed inventory of the scope of the move in order to provide potential customers with an accurate estimate.

Don’t Choose Based on Cost Alone

As you’re comparing quotes from different companies, it’s important to remember that the lowest cost option isn’t always the best one. In fact, going with the cheapest mover you can find may end up costing you more in the long run if they don’t provide quality services. Be sure to read reviews, research experience and compare pricing alongside services offered to ensure you’re getting the best possible value for your money.

Confirm Your Reservation and Services

Once you’ve decided on a moving company, it’s time to confirm your reservation and services. This includes letting the company know when you’ll be moving, what services you need, and any other important details about your move. It’s important to be as specific as possible during this step. Many moving companies can book quickly so be sure to reserve your date as soon as you have it confirmed.

One important area to cover here is any items that professional movers are not able to handle for you. We’re happy to provide a full list of prohibited items that cannot be placed in our trucks or containers, so you have a firm idea of what our services do and do not include.

Start Your Packing

If you’ll be handling your own packing (we’re happy to help here if needed!), you should also be getting started on this process. This includes rounding up all the necessary packing supplies, such as boxes, packing paper, tape, and more. You’ll also want to start going through your belongings and deciding what you’ll be taking with you and what can be left behind.

Be sure to label all your boxes clearly with their contents and which room they belong in. Here are some further packing tips we’re also happy to offer for those who want a full rundown.

Day of the Move

On the big day itself, there are a few important parts of the process to keep in mind:

  • Walk-through with the movers and driver: On the morning of your move, the driver and crew will arrive to do a walk-through of your home. This is their chance to get an idea of what needs to be moved and how to best go about it. Be sure to point out any items that may require special care, such as fragile items or large pieces of furniture.
  • Set-aside area: Once the moving crew gets started on your job, they typically won’t stop until the entire thing is done. For this reason, it’s important to have what we refer to as a “no-fly zone” in your home-this is an area where you can set aside items you do not want the movers to load on the truck. Items you will be taking with you during your move, for example: jewelry, passports, school records, and toiletries or items you’ll need while you wait for the truck to arrive at your destination. .
  • Review: Once all items have been loaded into the moving truck, your driver will connect with you to confirm that everything is accounted for. This is your chance to do a final walk-through of your home and make sure that nothing has been left behind.

While in Transit

While your belongings are in transit to your new location, just plan to keep in touch with your driver or move coordinator to stay updated on their estimated time of arrival. And that’s really all there is to it! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride knowing your belongings are in good hands.

Delivery

Here are a few items to keep in mind upon delivery of your items:

  • Walk-through: Before your movers start bringing things into your new home, they’ll do another walk-through with you to confirm where everything needs to go. This is a good time to make sure nothing has been damaged in transit and that all your belongings are accounted for.
  • Unloading: Once you’ve confirmed the placement of everything, your movers will start bringing your belongings into your new home and setting them in the appropriate spot. If you have any special instructions for certain items (e.g., “Please be careful with this lamp”), now is the time to let your movers know.
  • Marking items: As items are unloaded, your movers will also be marking them off on the inventory list. This is just to keep track of everything and make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle. This is an important step – do not forget to go through this with your driver.
  • Final review and paperwork: Once all items have been delivered, your driver will go over the inventory list with you one last time to confirm that everything has been accounted for. You’ll also sign the paperwork at this time to officially complete the job.

For more on the process of moving and how to account for all its important details, or to learn about any of our moving or storage solutions in or around Phoenix, speak to the team at Sullivan Moving & Storage today.

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