Moving in Alabama at any time of the year can be a hassle. Moving is a stressful life event regardless of when the move takes place. But moving towards the end of the year adds additional layers of complexity thanks to the looming holiday season. But, executing a successful move in the Fall is possible. In today’s article, we’re sharing a few tips to help you make your move the best that it can be.
Shopping for a local Birmingham Moving Company
First thing’s first: you need a moving company. We’ve covered this topic before, so we’ll just sum up the advantages of having a team of professionals on your side.
Hiring a moving team does require a little financial investment, but it’s money well-spent that could save you money and stress in the long haul. Professional movers will be licensed and insured. meaning you have moving protection built-in. Moving companies will also have access to professional-grade moving resources that are designed to protect your belongings in transit. On the contrary, when you choose to do your move DIY, you run the risk of your items being damaged due to improper packing materials. Moving teams also bring a wealth of experience to your move, making the entire process smoother, more efficient, and less stressful.
When it comes to choosing a moving company, we always stress the importance of going local. When you support a local company, you know that you’re dealing with a business that’s locally owned as opposed to being a small branch of a large corporation. Local companies are also known to stand by their estimates and provide transparency in all aspects of the moving process.
Narrowing down your mover search can be overwhelming. We always recommend gathering at least 2-3 estimates from local companies before settling on one. That way, you know that you’re getting the best value and have options to compare. Contact us today to get started on your free moving or storage estimate!
Moving in Alabama this Fall: Getting Prepared
Now that you’ve gotten started on choosing a local Birmingham moving company to help you with your move in the Fall, it’s time to get organized for the move. So grab a notebook and pen, because all successful moves start with proper preparation.
We like to suggest starting by making a checklist of everything that needs to be accomplished. We like to call this a moving plan. Moving plans will help you to stay organized and meet your deadlines for all of your tasks, from purchasing moving supplies to handling utilities and more.
Your moving plan should be one big timeline, starting with the present moment and ending with moving day. On this timeline, you’ll need at least the following tasks:
- Begin shopping for a local Birmingham moving company
- Organize your belongings (Decide what items will be making the move, which will be donated to charity or sold, and which will be thrown away)
- Will you need to store any items temporarily (or long-term)? Find a storage facility and get a unit reserved.
- Purchase moving supplies
- Schedule utilities stop and start dates for your old and new home
- File a change of address
- If you have pets, get their transport and special accommodations squared away
- Packing days
- Plan and pack your first night boxes
- The big moving day
We’ve previously put together some free downloadable resources that will help you with your moving plan. The links for those pdf guides are below.
Moving in Fall: The Pros and Cons
Autumn moving presents some unique challenges. The downside to moving during this time of year is that your daylight is limited and the holidays add time constraints to your moving timeline.
While executing your move in the Autumn season may seem overwhelming, there are some upsides to choosing this time of year. For one, the cooler weather makes the hard work a little easier. Also, moving companies will not be as busy as they are in the Spring and Summer, which are peak moving seasons. This will make finding the perfect team to be by your side a little easier.