What Your Mover Wished You Knew

OK, you’re in contract, now planning a move… OF COURSE you’re done with this already. You just want short answers to your questions, and a smooth path to your destination! 

Just wanting it won’t make it happen, but meet Reid Whittemore, he can help a lot! An industry veteran, he knows how you can save time, money and angst during this process.

Reid’s seen a lot in his 25 years in this industry. A moving consultant with Clancy Relocation and Logistics, he’s the first person you meet, and his specialty is in shaping the best, and least stressful moving experience possible.

At first there are unknowns. Understood, but tighten up as many as you can first to get the most accurate estimate the first time around.

Top of the list: Eliminate variables.  Know what you’re taking, be clear about what’s going somewhere else, then make sure it happens quickly.

  • Long-vacant BRs, still shrines to your grown kids’ childhoods? Set a deadline for them to come, weed through it all and clear it out.
  • The (item) that (name of person) kinda sorta wants? The piano you want to be in good hands, the silver you want to sell, the clothes you want to donate? Again, set a hard deadline for pickups and have a plan B. (Here are some of my favorite resources in Westchester County).

A close second: Plan ahead! (Near and dear to TRH’s heart too!) I see homeowners constantly underestimate time needed to make decisions, and implement. Then, as moving day approaches they either a) tearfully cart everything out to the curb or b) end up paying to bubble wrap and carefully pack, or even store stupid stuff they forgot they have.

Understand the industry, and what goes into quotes:

  • Moving season is uber-cyclical.  Reid says roughly two-thirds of all moves happen in one-third of the year, between late May and Labor Day. There are only so many trucks and movers to go around; overtime pay to accommodate the demand will make your move more costly.  If you have any flexibility, April or October might work out better for everyone.
  • Know, and share the value of your possessions. A personally precious, or pricey whatever should be crated to properly protect it in the move. This costs more, but if that’s what it needs, then so be it. Deciding on that up front has the guys show up prepared, and you know what the cost is early on.
  • Any special requirements? Over-size art or sculpture, lots of electronics, need climate controlled storage, or HIPPA compliance?
  • Understand the sequence of events: If your selling is essential to your buying, you’re likely looking at 2, even 3 days between closings. It’s a lot of lawyers, bank and title people to coordinate; just pack a bag of vitals, and make plans to stay somewhere else during that time.
  • Long distance moves (over 300 miles) require more coordination and some extra behind the scenes TLC to keep them on track

Ask questions!

Again, understanding what goes into a quote will help you to make decisions that could save money, even heartache; knowing more about the process will ease your mind. 

What I love about working with Clancy is their service-oriented approach. Each client has a team dedicated to see their move through: after Reid, you have a move coordinator who knows your name-probably the dog’s name too!-, and handles the logistics; the crew chief who’s equally familiar with your move, and is on site the entire time of your move.

Questions or need more info?  Contact him  you’ll be glad you did!