Getting rid of furniture is a natural ordeal during the moving process. Some people decide to dispose of furniture since they do not want to waste money on professional Dallas movers and waste time moving junk. Others, need to get rid of furniture if they are down-sizing. Whatever the case, Monarca Movers has the following options for disposing of your furniture.
1. Talk to your Dallas movers.
If you did your job correctly, then the Dallas moving services providers that you are using will be a professional business that is well established in the moving industry. These professional Dallas movers can therefore easily inform you of many places where your furniture will be accepted with open arms. Sometimes, the Dallas moving company will also collect furniture and donate it to church or charities. If your Dallas movers of choice do not do this, then you can also ask about their disposal services. In most cases, the movers will not mind tossing the heavy piece of furniture into the trash if you have one of the big trash cans on your property. If that is not the case, then the Dallas moving company will most likely charge you for this service.
Nowadays, there are many organizations that are willing to pick up your donations from your doorstep. You simply have to call in to their center and set up a pick up date and time. While some organizations may ask that someone be there at the time of pick up in order to approve everything that is being donated, other groups may just ask you to leave everything on your front door step. For those not comfortable with having someone come to their home, thrift stores may be another option. These types of shops can usually be found around town, and they will take anything that you are willing to donate.
3. Garage Sale.
As a last resort, you can always try hosting a garage sale before your appointment with your Dallas moving services providers. Selling the furniture you no longer need will save you both time and money. When you have less furniture, it takes your Dallas movers a shorter amount of time to complete your move. The amount of time you end up saving on your move will depend on how much your get rid of how well you organize all of your remaining items. Moreover, the money made in the garage sale could then be used to cover the moving bill.
Even though it may seem like you are not moving a lot of furniture, you can easily fill up a huge moving truck by not placing items correctly or by packing to much junk. Below are a couple of tips from Monarca Movers on how to maximize the space in your moving truck.
1. Don’t pack junk.
When you are moving, it is always a good idea to sort through all of your personal belongings and get rid of things you no longer need. If you are going to pay professional Dallas moving services providers to do your packing, then you can minimize the cost of packing services by reducing the amount of things you want them to pack. For those doing their own packing, it is recommended by professional Dallas movers to get rid of junk in order to save time and money. You will definitely save time since it will take less time to pack the essentials, and you will also save money since you will need less moving supplies and the Dallas moving company will take less time to move fewer items. If you really want to see a decrease in the time and money spent on your move, however, you need to do a major downsize on the amount of stuff you will be moving.
2. Pack everything.
Sometimes people give up halfway through the packing process and leave a lot of loose items lying around. When you hire professional Dallas movers, however, they always stress the importance of packing all loose items. By putting everything into boxes, it is much easier to stack the boxes from top to bottom in the moving truck. As you are packing moving boxes, Dallas movers recommend that you pack them tight enough to maintain the cube shape of the box, but not too tight that the box is deformed from the pressure. It is important that the boxes do not have any air spaces since this will cause them to cave in when the Dallas movers begin stacking them. However, if the box is too heavy, then the Dallas moving company may refuse to move the box and ask you to empty it out and divide the contents into smaller boxes.
3. Move your own electronics.
Fragile items such as electronics or antiques require a lot of space and cushioning in order to avoid any damage. For this reason, Dallas movers typically recommend that you move these items in your car since they are safer this way. Moreover, it also saves a lot of space in the truck for bigger pieces of furniture and heavy boxes.
Weather conditions in the state of Texas will shift from one extreme to the next within a matter of days. For this reason, many people decide to hire professional Dallas moving companies since they do not want to deal with either intense heat or numbing cold. Below are a couple of tips that Monarca Movers recommends when it comes to moving in a state with crazy weather patterns.
1. Go for climate control.
Texas is a very humid state. When Dallas movers head out to the field, they know to check the percent humidity for the day instead of the average temperature. If you will have the Dallas moving services providers take your stuff to storage, then you will want to make sure you get climate control. Climate control is going to be a bit more expensive, but it is definitely worth it since all of your furniture will survive the storage time. When you use a regular locker to store your items, the humidity tends to soak into your wooden pieces of furniture until they rot. Moreover, the heat and humidity can be devastating for things such as leather or any electronics.
2. Blanket and shrink wrap.
Besides protecting your furniture from any scratches, Dallas movers will also use blankets to protect your furniture from light rain or intense sun rays. When you are calling Dallas moving companies, you will want to ask if they provide these moving supplies. While most Dallas movers do provide blankets and shrink-wrap, some will charge extra for these supplies. In this case, you want to use these moving supplies on your furniture since they are of great help. Therefore, if there is an extra charge, it is recommended that you either pay it or find a Dallas moving company that already includes it as part of their hourly rate.
3. Moving truck.
When you hire Dallas movers, it is important that you ask what time of moving truck they will be bringing. For some Dallas moving companies, their moving trucks are just going to be flat beds. If these Dallas movers were to move all of your stuff on the flat bed while it was raining or snowing, then all of your furniture would be completely ruined. It is always a good sign when the Dallas moving company of your choice is bringing a box truck. Box trucks are the professional moving trucks that you see at places like U-Haul. With one of these trucks, you can rest assured that all of your furniture will be safe and secure.
Moving on your own is difficult enough. For this reason, you cannot even begin to fathom how much more difficult it is to move with children. You can hire professional Dallas movers to help you with your move in order to minimize the work load. However, there are certain things that your Dallas moving services providers will ask you to do before they arrive.
On your moving day, you want to minimize the number of distractions that you have to deal with. For this reason, it is a good idea to find someone to babysit your children while your Dallas movers are working. As your Dallas movers are working, they will be carrying heavy pieces of furniture that will obstruct their view. If you do not keep close tabs on your children, they will start bothering the movers and leave toys laying everywhere. While the Dallas movers are working, they will not have time to constantly check the floor for toys or children. This in turn can result in an accident where both your furniture and your child can be injured.
2. Emergency Pack.
Once your Dallas moving company drops you off at your own place, you will have to handle the unpacking process with your children in tow. Since you will be extremely busy unpacking all of the items that your Dallas movers moved, you do not want to have your children constantly causing trouble. For this reason, an emergency pack with all of their favorite toys and foods will save you from a lot of headaches. When your Dallas moving services providers are unloading everything, it is a good idea to ask them to place all of the children’s stuff in their room and not to stack the boxes too high. With all of the children’s stuff in one room, you can easily unpack anything you might need for them. Moreover, having the boxes stacked low will minimize the risk of having any stacks of boxes from falling over.
3. Inform the Kids.
When children do not know what is going on, they will become very irritable. For this reason, it is important that you talk to them and explain what will happen on the day of the move. If your kids are a little bit older, then they will be more understanding. Sometimes you can get the older children to help you with small tasks around the house. If your children will be helping, however, you want to make sure that they will not be a bother to the Dallas moving company. Even though the children may have the best intentions in mind, the Dallas movers need their space in order to do a good job.
Whether you’re move is big or small, you can rest assured that you will have several large pieces to move. Some include things such as refrigerators, stoves, or large pieces of furniture. Trying to move these pieces on your own can be difficult because of the weight and bulkiness of the pieces. For this reason, many people decide to hire professional Dallas movers in order to experience a stress free move. Below are a couple of tips that Monarca Movers recommends if you will be moving these things on your own.
1. Use moving supplies.
When Dallas movers move these big pieces of furniture, they use special moving supplies such as dollies, blankets, and shrink wrap. For large things that have drawers, Dallas movers put shrink wrap around the piece so that the drawers do not slip out and fall on top of you. Moreover, Dallas moving companies always come equipped with blankets in order to protect furniture from getting scratched. Things like dollies or gondolas are put underneath the heavy pieces of furniture since it is always easier to roll this big piece as opposed to carrying it. The trick with these tools, however, is that it requires a lot of muscle and strength in order to be able to get the piece on the dollies or gondolas in the first place. Even though the Dallas movers may be able to do it easily, it is going to be a lot more difficult for someone that is not used to the hard labor such as the Dallas movers.
2. Clear any obstructions.
When Dallas moving services providers are moving large objects, they ask the customers to remove any obstructions in order to prevent any accidents. When you are moving large pieces on your own, you cannot easily move pieces out of the way. If the piece is too large, then you will also have to take down the doors in order to try and get the piece out. Trying to get something that is too big through a small doorway will only get the piece of furniture all scratched up and damaged. When you hire a Dallas moving company, they will most likely measure the large piece and the size of the doorway it will go out off. If the door is big enough for the piece you are moving, then there is no use in removing the doorway. In the end, you may have taken every precaution that was possible, but there is always the chance of damaging your furniture since you are not a professional Dallas mover.
The moving process tends to result in lots of broken items if you do not take the necessary steps. For this reason, Monarca Movers recommends the following courses of action as you get ready to move.
1. Hire professionals.
Although a lot of people feel that this is an unnecessary expense, it is actually very important to employ professional Dallas movers. When you have an expert Dallas moving company on your side, you can rest assured that your move will be much smoother. Dallas moving services providers have all of the tools and supplies necessary to safely move your personal belongings. For example, Dallas movers should come prepared with blankets and shrink wrap in order to protect any big pieces of furniture that need it. Besides having the right tools, professional Dallas movers also know the techniques for a safe move. Even though it may seem like a hassle to do things like emptying out all of your furniture and packing up all loose items, it is important that you follow all of the guidelines set forward by your Dallas moving company since they are preventative measures that will minimize the risk of having an accident while moving.
2. Empty out everything.
Emptying out all of your furniture is one thing that any professional Dallas moving company will stress during your move. It will take more work on your part, but it is definitely worth it in the end. Whether you can believe it or not, there have actually been cases where the contents of a dresser are to heavy, and everything crashes through the bottom when the piece is picked up. If the weight of the contents does this furniture, it is crazy to believe how much the Dallas movers must force themselves in order to pick up this piece of furniture. Moreover, when something is much to heavy for the Dallas movers, the chance of them hitting a wall or dropping the piece of furniture greatly increases. By taking some time to empty out all of your furniture, you will save yourself from any costly accidents.
3. Pack loose items.
Packing is a tedious process that not many people like doing. For this reason, people tend to give up halfway through and just ask their Dallas moving company to move piles of loose items. This is such a major safety hazard that professional Dallas movers will refuse and even end up cancelling moves since the customer is not ready. If a Dallas moving company does agree to move your stuff like this, then they do not know what they are doing, and you are risking the safety of all of your personal items.
Even though the major part of your move is over with, there is still a lot that needs to be done once you get to your new home. The unpacking process is unfortunately not something that most Dallas movers are willing to do since it is much too tedious. For this reason, Monarca Movers makes the following suggestions when it comes to unpacking all of your personal belongings.
1. Have your furniture in place.
If you hired professional Dallas moving services providers, then they most likely already put all of your furniture in their appropriate places. For those who moved on their own or had bad Dallas movers, however, they will need to shift around their furniture to the correct spots. Once all of your big pieces are situated just were you want them, you can begin putting things in the drawers or on shelves. The worst things you could do would be to completely fill up a piece of furniture with items, and then try to move it. It will not only be super heavy, but there is always the risk of damaging the things inside or scratching the floors as you drag these big and heavy pieces of furniture around.
2. One room at a time.
If your Dallas movers were nice enough to place all of your moving boxes in the correct rooms, then this will make the unpacking process a lot easier. Dallas moving companies recommend to always begin by unpacking the room that you use the most first. For example, the kitchen may be the most important room for some people since they do not like eating out and have perishable food items that need to be refrigerated as soon as possible. However, other people feel that organizing their bedroom first is more important since they need to have access to all of their clothes and various other personal belongings.
3. One box at a time.
Once you have chosen which room you want to unpack first, you need to force yourself to only unpack one box at a time. Even though you might want to get ahead of yourself by opening all of your boxes, this is a very bad idea. If you open a lot of boxes at the same time, then you will very easily begin to feel overwhelmed and will be more likely to begin misplacing items. Moreover, this could be a safety hazards if you have children since they might see something they want, and try to pull down a box that will only end up falling on them. Once the boxes have been opened, it also becomes harder to move them since they no longer have structural support from the tape. For all of these reason and many more, Dallas moving companies recommend that you pace yourself and only unpack one box at a time.
Moving is more complicated than it seems even when you are only moving from a small one bedroom apartment. For this reason, you need to take the time to do as much as you can on your own over time in order to minimize stress on the day of the move. Below are a couple of things that Monarca Movers recommends in order to minimize the difficulty of your move.
1. Hire local Dallas movers.
A lot of people believe that professional Dallas moving companies are a waste of money when it comes to small moves. However, the moving process requires more than a pick-up truck and some spare time. To begin with, it is recommended to use a moving truck like the ones used by professional Dallas movers since they can fit all of your furniture comfortably. Besides being able to fit everything in one trip, the moving truck will also protect your furniture from the elements such as rain and snow when they are being transported. Other than using the correct moving truck, you will also need all of the necessary moving supplies such as dollies, blankets, and shrink wrap. Even though you could buy the moving supplies on your own and try to find people to help you carry the big furniture, it will be much more expensive than if you just contact professionals. In the end, the Dallas moving services providers will supply you with everything you will need for your move, and all at a convenient hourly rate.
2. Have your packing done.
Although packing on your own does take more time and effort, it can save you a good amount of money in the end and a lot of time on the actual day of your move. When you hire professional Dallas movers to do the packing, they will most likely dedicate an entire 8 hour day for packing and then do the actual move on the following day. During this time, the Dallas moving company will require someone to be at the house while the packing is being done in order to dictate what they want taken and what will be left behind. If you do not have time to spend all of this time with the Dallas movers, then you will not be able to do packing for you. For this reason, it is just recommended to take care of this part of the moving process on your own.
If you are trying to find movers at the last minute, then you can easily find yourself in a tight spot as the day starts to come to a close. Most Dallas movers open early in the morning at about 7 or 8 am, and they close in the afternoon at around 5 or 6 pm. Even though some movers may answer a little bit after closing hours, you are pretty much out of luck after the office hours. Below are a couple of tips on how to secure movers on a short notice.
1. Know what you want.
The mistake that many people make when looking around for Dallas movers is not knowing exactly what they want. When you talk to different Dallas moving companies, they will ask you if you want things like packing, unpacking, disassembly, or reassembly. While some of these services come included as part of the hourly rate, others will only be done for an extra charge. You want to know exactly what you want the movers to do and what you will do by yourself. Once you hang up with a specific Dallas moving company without scheduling a move, anybody else has the chance of scheduling a move on your preferred time and date.
2. Have various dates open.
Another thing that can drag out the scheduling process includes picking out a move date and time. You will not know what time a certain Dallas moving company has available until you contact them and ask for availability. For this reason, it is important to have several days available for moving. Do not rely on only being able to move during the weekend since this will greatly narrow down the number of Dallas movers you can use. Because most people want to move during the weekend since they work during the week, you need to make sure that you can take a day off from work during the week. If you have to put in a request for a day off, then this might take too long and someone else might schedule for your chosen date and time.
3. Don’t try to bargain.
The moving rates that Dallas moving services providers give you are fixed prices. There are many times when people will try to bargain the price in hopes of getting something cheaper. The truth is, however, that these professional Dallas movers have set prices put in place by those higher up in charge and the rules must be followed. Usually, when people try to bargain the price, this means a red flag for the sales representatives and they may refuse to schedule your move.
Besides finding Dallas movers and finishing all of your packing, there are several other things you should consider when moving. The following includes a comprehensive list of the most important things that people tend to forget when they move.
It is important to consider how you will be transporting all of the food you have at home. Items in your pantry are easy to transport since you can just throw everything into a moving box, and have your Dallas movers move them like this. The situation becomes a bit more complicated, however, when you are moving perishable food items. For this reason, you will want to move as few perishable food items as possible. Once you have your move scheduled with the Dallas moving company of your choice, you need to slowly cut back on food you are buying. If you are still weeks away from your move, then you can still buy all of your normal items. As soon as you start getting closer to the arrival of your Dallas movers, however, you will want to buy food in smaller packages and try to avoid perishable food items that will not be consumed that same day.
Whether you believe it or not, forgetting to reconnect utilities at the new location is a problem that many people face. If your Dallas movers are willing to help you out, they might complete your move even if the new place does not have electricity or running water. In most cases, however, having clean, lit, and well ventilated facilities are a must for Dallas movers. This is especially important for certain Dallas moving companies that have insurance policies that require these conditions at any facility that the movers set foot on. Even if you do not warn your Dallas moving services providers about this beforehand, the movers themselves have the right to cancel a job if working conditions are not safe.
When you schedule with a Dallas moving company, they will most likely brief you on all of their guidelines. Some of the most common include emptying out all furniture, packing all loose items, and unplugging all of your electronics. If nobody mentions anything about this when you first schedule your move, then it is important that you ask since you do not want to be caught by surprise the day before your move. Emptying out all furniture is the one guideline that tends to bother customers the most since it will only mean more work for them. However, when a Dallas moving company requires this, it is because they know what they are doing, and they are trying to prevent any accident from occurring. In the end, it is always best to trust your Dallas movers since they have guidelines in place for a reason.