As a moving company, we’ve heard a lot of misconceptions and myths about using movers for your move. A lot of people seem to believe in some of the myths we will be discussing here and it’s safe to say that with our experience, we will gladly debunk the myths and tell you the real truth about using movers. Today we will be discussing 9 myths about using movers.
These are some of the most common myths we will be discussing today:
- Moving companies are expensive
- Your items will be lost or stolen
- All moving companies are the same
- You don’t need to label your boxes
- Movers will move everything
- It’s better to move on a weekend
- Moving companies scam people
- You have to start packing a month in advance
- The most expensive moving company is the best
Myths often cause more damage than good because people seem to believe them more than the actual truth. Also people tend to be lazy to do proper research and ask the right questions before believing everything that they hear. We will help you understand all these myths and hopefully bring some clarity that’ll help you with your decision to get the best moving company for you.
MYTH #1 MOVING COMPANIES ARE EXPENSIVE
Save money by moving yourself!!
This myth is the most common because people seem to think that hiring movers will cost “an arm and a leg” which is not true. This could also be argued because it also depends on where, location and time of your move. You have to take all things into consideration when planning your move.
Sometimes moving yourself may actually end up costing the same if not more than if you use a moving company. Think about the time you’ll spend moving everything, gad you put in your car, space, the amount of back and forth trips you may have to make. It is literally physically draining and time consuming to do everything yourself, that’s why moving companies are there, to make sure that everything goes smooth and they also do all the physical work so you don’t have to.
MYTH #2 YOUR ITEMS WILL BE BROKEN AND STOLEN
This is not true because if you hire a professional moving company, you will be assured that your items and furniture will be well taken care of. Professional moving companies know how to pack, and organise your boxes and furniture in the best way to make sure it is secured.
People who’ve had bad experiences with non experienced/ unprofessional movers have probably experienced this. Thus it is always better to do your research about a moving company of your choice and read reviews. This will help with making the best choice/ best moving company for you.
MYTH #3 ALL MOVING COMPANIES ARE THE SAME
Moving companies are definitely not the same. There’s different moving companies for different types of moves. Some companies are local, some are International, commercial, residential etc. There’s a wide variety of moving companies and you should decide on a company that offers the ‘type’ of move you’re looking for.
If you’ve had or somebody else you know has had a bad experience with a certain moving company maybe in the same city, it doesn’t mean that all moving companies from the same city operate the same. Make sure to do your research on the company you choose, request a quote, read reviews and ask as many questions as possible so there are no issues at a later stage or once the move is complete.
MYTH #4 YOU DON’T NEED TO LABEL YOUR BOXES
This is probably the most common myth about moving.
Labelling boxes is very important. We cannot stress this enough. It will make unpacking so much easier. When everything is properly labeled, you can be sure that it will save you time. It is easy to know where everything goes and the room the items belong to. If your boxes are not labeled, prepare to spend a lot of time figuring out what belongs where. Always, always label your boxes. There’s some moving companies who will pack your items and label the boxes for you if you require this service. Be sure to ask about this before deciding on a moving company.
MYTH #5 MOVERS WILL MOVE EVERYTHING
Movers will NOT move everything. There are prohibited items and some counties and cities have laws that don’t always allow movers to move everything.
Example of things moving companies won’t move includes:
- Valuable items
- Frozen foods
- Flammable items
Always ask the moving company about these and research about the laws of the city you’re moving to. Remember that is for safety and legal reasons.
MYTH #6 IT’S BETTER TO MOVE ON A WEEKEND
This myth is very common. A lot of people always think it’s better to move on a weekend, but that may not always be the case. Weekends are usually busy especially in the malls, parks etc. People think moving on a weekend is better because most people are shopping and doing other activities, but this may actually work against you.
Moving on a weekend may actually end up being busy because a lot of people who think moving on a weekend is better are not always right. In actual fact; when everyone thinks like that, it ends up being the opposite. It’s a good idea to move during weekdays. Chances are, less traffic and if you have to make more than one trip, this will help save so much time and money. Ask your moving company what they recommend or what they think is the best time to move, they will give you professional advise. Always ask questions!
MYTH #7 MOVING COMPANIES SCAM PEOPLE
While this myth may be true for some moving companies, it is usually unregistered and unprofessional companies that scam people. Unfortunately this scares a lot of people and actually ends up making people move by themselves without hiring a moving company which adds to the stress and worry of moving. It is best to always do your research about a moving company, check all company’s credentials, go on google, yelp, etc. Wherever you can find reviews about the company so you’re safe and confident about your decision.
MYTH #8 YOU HAVE TO START PACKING A MONTH IN ADVANCE
This myth is highly debatable because it kind of makes sense to start packing as early as possible however; starting one month or more in advance could work to your disadvantage. This means that you may pack items that you may need later and imagine having packed and needing to unpack just to get that one item. It is time consuming and you may make many mistakes of packing essentials and stuff that should be with you during the move instead of the moving truck.
Having a bigger house may need you to start months or even weeks in advance though so always keep that in mind too. Take your time to pack, make a checklist, start slowly and if you don’t have enough time, make use of friends and family, we are sure they’ll be more than happy to help.
MYTH #9 THE MOST EXPENSIVE COMPANY IS THE BEST
Never ever make the mistake of believing this myth. This is one of the most common out of all the 9 myths about using movers. Not all expensive companies are the best and that includes everything in life. Yes, there’s expensive companies that have some of the best and most experienced movers, but this shouldn’t be the bases of your decision to choosing a moving company.
Some companies are expensive because of the location, season, time, size of your house etc. This is why it is important to always ask around and do your research. Look at more than 2 companies as this will give you more options to choose from.
Always go for a company that is professional, experienced and is able to answer all your questions. If you have doubt about a moving company, then find another one. Don’t settle for the first moving company you find.
Myths are always going to spread faster than the truth and will always be believed more than the actual facts and that’s just human nature.
It always good to do your own research before listening to other peoples opinions and before deciding on a moving company. There are a lot more myths about moving, but these are the most common.
We hope that we helped in making some myths clear to you and that this will help guide you in your decision to finally making that move. Our team of movers are always there to answer any more of your questions.
We at Capital City Movers pride ourselves in making sure we put our customers needs first. We are available for enquiries and you can visit our website for more information. Feel free to give us a call on (718) 619 4881 to discuss your move and for a quote.