Every so often, the time comes for a business or a household to relocate to a new address, sometimes in an entirely new city or state, and making this transition, while a daunting undertaking, can be made easier when movers are hired to help out, both with the crews helping out and with the trucks and trailers provided. When the time comes to move, local moving services will be available for different fees and rates to help pack up and transport a family’s or a business’s items to a new address, and making the move can be made much easier with this help. Overall, how often to American citizens and businesses move, and why? And how can the best moving company be found in one’s area to get this work done?
The short answer is: lots of people do. It has been determined that the average American citizen will move 12 different times in his or her life, and by age 30, the average person will have already moved six times. The Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement carried out a survey in 2016 and found that between the years 2015 and 2016, about 11.2% of the American population had moved. Among renters, as opposed to homeowners, the choice to move may come up often; about 33% of renters choose to move every year, and overall, businesses and private households make up fairly even representation of who moving companies help out. Local moving services usually have private households as 44% of their clients, and another 38% are businesses who are relocating to a new campus.
How to Get There
Relocating one’s household or a business to a new address, or even to a new city or state, may involve some downsizing first. It has been determined that on average, an American household contains nearly 300,000 items big and small, ranging from pieces of furniture to silverware, children’s toys, and pieces of clothing, and relocating to a new address is a ripe time to eliminate unwanted items from this inventory. One solid strategy is for a household’s members to gather all items by category (rather than by room) and carefully evaluate what items are truly desirable and needed, versus those that were being kept just for the sake of it. Unwanted items can be donated, given to friends, or just thrown away, and once this is done, the household will have a smaller inventory for relocation, and this can cut down on both cost and manpower needed.
Businesses may employ a similar strategy before they transition to a new campus, and some items such as chairs or excess supplies may simply be left behind or donated, and more valuable items like computers, copiers, fax machines, and industry-specific electronics or machines will be included in the relocation effort. And once a household or a business has determined what items will be included in the move and which will not, that client can reach out to local moving companies and compare their rates, fees, and the quality of the crews and the trucks and trailers that are provided. Hidden fees are something that should be checked for before hiring a company, and one a mover is chosen, the household or business will set up a moving day and have all items and furniture packed up and placed onto the trucks or trailers, with care being taken for fragile items. It is also advisable for packages and pieces of furniture to be packed tightly so that there is no room for anything to scrape against each other, rattle around, or fall down, which can damage some items. Also, families who are relocating to a new address should be prepared in case the new neighborhood’s streets are too narrow for the moving truck or trailer. In this case, a smaller vehicle or trailer can be used, and all items will be transferred to it so that everything can be delivered to the proper address.