May kicks off the summer moving season. Due to school vacation and good weather, the majority of moves take place from May through September.
Movers have a lot to celebrate this May. Over 36 million Americans relocated in 2012, and the 2013 moving season is expected to be even busier. Thanks to organizations like the American Moving & Storage Association, the industry has made great progress protecting consumers by weeding out “rogue” movers and helping relocating Americans find not just reputable companies, but companies that will deliver a great experience. Many movers are also planning for the future. By integrating mobile phones, tablets, and web resources into the relocation process, moving companies are making your move more efficient and a better customer experience.
Here at the Olympia offices it’s no question that moving season has arrived! The phones are ringing off the hook and the schedule is quickly booking up.
Every summer our staff works long hours to accommodate as many Olympia customers as possible. As we transition into the moving season, we always like to remind our customers of a few key steps they can take to ensure their move is executed as planned:
1. Plan Early
Contact Olympia early in the process to ensure availability. Each company only has so many trucks and crew members available, so the most coveted moving dates can fill up as far as a month in advance! If you’re moving at the beginning or end of the month, pay special attention to this tip, as those dates are the first to reach capacity.
2. Protect Your Move
While there are several excellent moving companies in Greater Boston & Washington DC areas, there are also a host of bad movers. Your clients should understand that when it comes to moving, price and value are not synonymous. Make sure the moving company you select is registered, licensed, and insured on protectyourmove.gov. You can also check that the moving company is reputable by checking out their BBB.org profile.
3. Use Resources
To mitigate stress, utilize Olympia’s extensive moving resource center to guide you through every step of the relocation process. You can find dozens of articles and videos on every moving-related topic, including moving tips, packing tips, choosing a mover, and protecting your move.
Effective communication, planning, and preparation are essential to a successful move. Keep in touch with your move coordinator as you have questions and changes for your move. It’s important to give as much notice as possible for changes in the move plan, such as shifting dates, adding extra stops, large changes in the size of your shipment, and requesting packing help.