All About Small Moves

Perhaps you only have to move your dorm room or your one-bedroom apartment or maybe some boxes from your storage facility. This type of move is considered a small move, generally less than 1,500 to 2,000 pounds. With a small move, you will have to locate moving companies that have vans or small trucks to get the job done efficiently.

1. Locate Small Movers: There are many companies that specialize in smaller moves or full service companies that have vans that can be used for a smaller move. Ask friends or family members for their recommendations or check out moving listings from a reputable online moving resource. Also, check that the movers are registered through the Better Business Bureau, as well as if there are any complaints against the company.

2. Have them Visit: Have two-three small moving companies come to your room or storage facility. Even though you have less stuff, you still want to make sure that they see what you have in order to make an estimate. Simply saying: I have a one-bedroom apartment to a mover over the phone can result in moving quotes that are completely different come moving day. Bottom line for all moves is to let the movers see your belongings and get a moving quote in writing!

3. Insure your Belongings: Even though you have a few items, you don't want anything to happen to them and not have insurance to replace or repair them. Most moving companies offer minimal coverage with a basic liability insurance. Depending on the value of your belongings, you may want to ask your moving company about investing in a more comprehensive plan.

4. Pack it Up: Packing is inevitable for all moves. Organize your items into various piles: keep, donate and toss. The keep items will go into your boxes and bags; whereas the donate and toss piles can go to friends and family or local charities. You can even sell the items in a garage sell, if you happen to have time before your move.

5. Decide on your Route: With some small moves, you can ride in the van with the mover or you can get to your new location on your own. Traveling with a mover, may be favorable if you are transporting your items to different locations--such as a new storage unit, college dorm or parent's home. Being there will allow you to make sure that all of your items go to their proper destination. Just because you have a small move, doesn't mean it is any less important.