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How to Determine the Size of Your Move

It’s not always easy determining what sort of a move you have on your hands. In an earlier blog, we noted that a small move is generally deemed to be one in which the total weight of the items you need to move is less than 2,000 pounds. That works out, roughly, to one and a half rooms of furniture. So, moving out of your dorm room, or moving one item (a table, or an upright piano), is generally deemed to be a small move.

But it can also be more complicated than that.

For instance, even a small move can be a big move. If you are moving an object which needs to be disassembled, then you’re dealing with potentially several boxes of items that need to be carefully labelled with instructions on both assembly and where they’re supposed to be situated at the new location. Suddenly, what starts out small becomes very big because of the organization that has to go into ensuring that everything arrives in good condition – and everything arrives with crib notes on how each piece fits with the one beside it. That’s why labelling is so vital for any job. Even the small jobs aren’t really that small when multiple components are being shipped. Make sure you label each piece and include information on where it is to fit when the whole is to be assembled.

When ascertaining how big a move you have, you need to take distance into the equation. Moving the equivalent of 2-3 rooms of furniture and accessories to a location down the street may prove less challenging than moving a single room of furniture out of town. In that sense, even if the total amount is less than 2,000 pounds, the careful packing and disposition that has to go into storing those items so that they are not damaged on the road can turn a “little” project into one potentially filled with headaches. If you’re ever having any doubts about what is involved, never hesitate to talk to one of our experienced staff. They can let you know what packing and shipping plans you need to make long before you start tackling the pool table in the rec room or the master bed upstairs.

Collectables & Other Valuables

Something else that you should always bear in mind is that a move cannot simply be measured on the weight or number of pieces. A big move can be something like moving rare valuables or a gun collection to another jurisdiction. Depending on where you are headed, there is paperwork involved that can potentially take months to complete. If you are planning on moving rare or valuable artifacts, guns, or collectibles to new jurisdictions, please make sure you talk to us first so that we can assist you in filling out the proper paperwork. Documentation is a pain, and rarely does anyone enjoy filling it out, but failing to do your due diligence in this regard can be extremely costly. Always do the smart thing and talk to experienced movers so that you have what you need when you approach customs. If you don’t, then that “small” move can suddenly become enormous.

Last of all, and this relates to the point above, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a move that involves only a few items, or even just a few hundred pounds of furniture or possessions, is a “small” move simply because it doesn’t meet the threshold of what a “big” move is as described above. If whatever you’re moving has high intrinsic value to you or to your business, if it’s computer hardware containing client records or an heirloom that’s been in the family for generations, then it’s never a “small” move. Packing and storage will have to be done with especial care. Any labelling you do to remind people of where something goes may have to be more detailed than usual. And you may even need extra movers to make sure everything is properly inventoried and catalogued.

And double-checked.

Whether it’s a lot of stuff or very little stuff, whether it’s very big or very little, don’t forget that the ultimate determinant of whether or not a move is big or small is how important whatever it is you’re moving is to you and to your business.

So don’t judge a move by how much it’s going to weigh or how many movable parts have to be shipped. Judge a move, and how you prepare for it, by the value of the item, or items, you’re moving.

You’ll be glad you did.

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