There are a million and one things you have to accomplish when you move to a new Seattle apartment. However, remaining safe during that process isn’t always a thought that might be first on your mind.
You might need to hire a moving company, set up utilities, find someone to care for your pets or children on moving day or figure out how to downsize your lifestyle if you’re moving into a smaller apartment than your present home.
Each of those tasks can be accomplished in a safe manner, and it’s important to understand the areas with potential for danger when setting up services and asking for help. Here are some things to think about as you begin planning your move to your new North Seattle apartment home.
Moving to a Seattle Apartment? Choose Your Moving Company Carefully!
You’ve probably seen a dozen different moving companies that operate all over the United States, as well as a slew of smaller companies that focus on local moves and simple relocations. Unfortunately, fraud is rampant with “fly by night” moving companies setting up their criminal enterprises and taking advantage of innocent families with ease.
You should be fine if you choose one of the major, nationwide moving companies that’s backed by good ratings with the Better Business Bureau and a national reputation for service, but it doesn’t hurt to perform a little research before you book your moving company.
Here are some red flags that can indicate you’ve chosen a moving company that can’t be trusted:
- The moving company doesn’t have any physical office where it conducts business.
- There is no local phone number for the company.
- The movers won’t give you a guaranteed quote before they provide their services.
- There are no online reviews or ways to check the company’s past reputation.
Don’t be afraid to make sure your moving company has a local presence, a local phone number, and has a good reputation in town.
Tip: Ask local friends and family for opinions on movers.
Don’t Reuse Old, Frayed Boxes for Your Move
Buying packing supplies can become an expensive endeavor if you have a lot of breakable items to move, and it’s usually easy to pick up some slightly used boxes at the grocery store to transport your stuff.
However, it’s important to avoid using particularly old boxes to move your possessions because they can cause injury to you, your family, and your things during your move. An old box might look as though it will hold your items, but it might come apartment completely under the weight of other boxes and during a bumpy ride in a moving truck.
The blog at moving.com recommends you’re also making sure you’re not packing boxes too full:
“Just because you can fit 100 pounds of books in that medium-sized box doesn’t mean that you should. Moving boxes are each designed to hold a certain amount of weight, and exceeding that can lead to strain or injury on your back, knees, and other joints. As a general rule, don’t pack more than 50 pounds in a small box, 65 pounds in a medium box, and 70 pounds in a large box.”
Packing your own possessions is an excellent way to save money during your move, but you might end up paying quite a bit more money if you end up damaging something important because it’s in a weak cardboard box.
Tip: You can often find inexpensive or free boxes on Craigslist, but you don’t have to use all of the boxes just because they’re free. Careful packing is more important than cheap boxes.
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