Moving can become very stressful and cumbersome, but it doesn't have to be. By contacting Pyramid Movers your move will quickly turn into a streamlined process. Thanks to the wonderful and professional staff at Pyramid Movers your headache will become our priority. Below we have included some resources which will allow you to properly prepare yourself and your family before and during the move.
- Make a list of all the services you need from a mover, including items to be moved, packing materials needed, items to be packed and unpacked, items to be dismantled and reassembled, and special services like handling a piano, antiques, light fixtures, appliances, crating service, etc.
- Call Pyramid Movers and three or four other moving companies for a written estimate. If your home has more than one bedroom, ask for a free, on-site estimate. Make sure that all of the services you need are included in the estimates you receive. Ask about how you can protect the move. Ask whether the pickup and delivery dates are guaranteed.
- When you choose a moving and storage company, consider price, services included and the company's reputation.
- Ask your building manager or supervisor about special requirements and restrictions at the pickup and delivery locations, including building protection, days and hours when access is permitted, parking restrictions, etc. Share this information with your Pyramid Movers relocation consultant. Some building managers require moving companies to show a "certificate of insurance." These certificates protect the building against liability for damage.
- Decide if you'd like Pyramid Movers to move your vehicle(s) or if you'll drive to the new location instead.
- Reserve a moving day with your Pyramid Movers relocation consultant. If you're uncertain about the exact moving date, we can reserve a tentative date until you have more information.
- Make arrangements for transporting pets and plants.
- Call Pyramid Movers to confirm a few days before the move.
Pyramid Movers offer full packing and unpacking services, as well as partial packing and unpacking services for electrical equipment, lamps, artwork and breakables. Ask your Pyramid Movers moving consultant about the advantages of having us help you pack. Remember, if you pack yourself, we're responsible for damage to an item only if it's clearly due to negligence in handling.
If you choose to pack your belongings yourself, here are some helpful tips:
- A lighter load. Moving is a good opportunity to make a fresh start. Before you move, donate or recycle old clothes, magazines, unused toys, dishes and other unneeded items. Leaving these items behind will save you money and time -and give you more space in your new location.
- Room labels. Label each box by room for easy placement at delivery.
- Loose items. Place all loose items in boxes.
- Heavy and light Items. Place books and other heavy items in small boxes. You can place linens and other light items in larger boxes.
- Breakable items. When you pack dishes and other breakable items, first cushion the bottom of the box. Then wrap each item separately with packing paper or newspaper-making sure that every surface is wrapped where it touches another item. Use bubble wrap for special pieces. Write "FRAGILE" on the outside of the box.
- Side tables and small cabinets. These pieces of furniture can remain full if they contain light items like linens or clothing.
- Desks, large and antique cabinets. Empty all drawers in pieces like this.
- File cabinets. If your move doesn't require going up and down stairs, we can move vertical file cabinets of any size with their contents intact. We can also move lateral file cabinets up to two drawers high with their contents intact. If you have larger lateral files, please empty all drawers above the second drawer. If your move involves stairs, we can only move two-drawer vertical file cabinets with their contents intact. You'll need to empty all other file cabinets.
- Bookcases and wall units. Empty all bookcases and wall units. The moving team will wrap and pack loose shelves separately.
- Computers and other electronics. Back up your computer before the move. Unplug and mark wires to ensure easy reconnection. Pack equipment well in heavy-duty boxes using cushioning materials.
- Artwork and mirrors. Place artwork, such as statues and small wall hangings, in boxes and marked "FRAGILE." Use crates or special picture boxes to pack medium and large hanging artwork.
- Table lamps. Separate shades, bulbs, and bases before packing in a box marked "FRAGILE."
- DO NOT PACK money, jewelry, important papers, perishable items or flammable materials.
On Your Moving Day
- A Pyramid Movers foreman will supervise your move directly. The foreman is in charge of the other movers and responsible for fulfilling the moving agreement smoothly and professionally. The foreman is your personal contact if you have any questions or last-minute requests.
- Be sure to receive copies of the order for service and the bill of lading before the move gets started.
- Offer the movers something to drink. Don't offer alcohol.
- Make sure the movers have directions to their destination.
- While unloading, tell the movers where you'd like things to go. Many customers prepare a floor plan before their move. If you have one, give a copy to the foreman. Placing your furniture and boxes in the right place as they're being unloaded saves time and makes getting settled a lot easier.
- Your foreman will give you a form you can use to evaluate the performance of your moving team. Your feedback is very important to us, so please complete and return the form.
After the move
- Start unpacking and enjoying your new home. There's still a lot to do-like finding out about local medical and health services, libraries, classes and opportunities to get involved socially with the community. We wish you a wonderful new beginning. We'd love to hear about your experience with Pyramid Movers. When you have a moment, please send us a note by mail, fax or e-mail.
- Locate your local post office. Mail forwarded from your old address will have a yellow address label so you can notify the sender of your new address.
- Locate police and fire stations, as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home.
- Scout your new neighborhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools or house-wares unexpectedly.
- Call the Department of Sanitation in your new town to find out when crews collect trash. Also ask whether your new community has recycling programs.
- Seek out new service providers, including a bank, cleaners, doctor, dentist, and veterinarian.
- Register to vote. Call your local board of elections for specific registration information. Ask them how to notify your previous voting district of your change of address.
- If you've moved to a different state, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to exchange your driver's license.
- Call your Chamber of Commerce for helpful information about:
- Cable service
- Cultural events and community activities
- Libraries and parks
- Availability of emergency calling services, such as 911.
- Give your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist.
- Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value, and your coverage.
- Give your new home a good cleaning.
- Moving can be stressful. Watch for effects on family members and pets so you can provide reassurance and a helping hand.