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The Risks of a Do It Yourself Move | Hercules Movers | NJ Movers

It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town, to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or Florida, you always have the option of doing it yourself.  It’s tempting.  Trust us.  It’s our business to know.  I mean, it seems reasonable to want to try and save a few dollars because moving can be an expensive venture, especially if you just bought your first home…

Two things we here often when those that are moving look to save a few dollars are:

  • Save time
  • Save money

But, does renting a truck, enlisting help (if you have it), and doing it yourself really help you bypass saving money and time?  After all, they say time “is” money, and if you have to take time out of your workday or the weekend to move what did you really save?  You just traded your downtime for hours of back-breaking labor for yourself.  If you’ve been thinking about a do it yourself move, you should look at the workload, the time, the effort of those helping you, etc. Other factors in your move are:

The Safety of Your “Stuff”

Ask yourself this question, “Do you trust yourself, and your friends to handle, carry, stack, unstack, handle, and carry again, all your electronics, breakables, and other items without breakage?”  One of the biggest risks in a do it yourself move is the damage of your own goods.  A fully bonded and insured moving company is insured to move your belongings.  By choosing a company such as Hercules Movers, you get professional movers that perform these jobs up to 1,000 times a year, you get a fully insured service in the event of a mishap.

 

What is it going to cost you if that 65-inch flat-screen falls off of the top of your stuff in your own Do It Yourself move?  The trip to Costco or wherever you may have purchased it, to purchase the latest model for $1,000+ dollars over what you just paid to move.  You could have hired the moving company for the rental and the cost of the television…

Which Brings us to Experienced Movers…

If you’ve ever moved an entire home before, or even hired movers to move an entire home you should be aware of a few things:

  1. Driving a large rental van or moving truck around town with all your stuff can be HARD. If you are not used to maneuvering a large vehicle you are going to have to be EXTRA careful you don’t damage the truck or another vehicle.  What would this cost you financially?  Think on that for a moment or two.  An experienced driver has no issue backing up a large vehicle or getting around tighter corners.
  2. As mentioned earlier, do you want to leave your curved 65” 4K QLED television to just anyone? If you are going to spend all the extra time trying to figure out how to pack all your stuff, safely, just remember time is money, and broken possessions are more money…  If you accidentally pack your dinner plates on the bottom of 350 pounds of other items, you may have an issue, wrapped in bubble wrap or not…  Why not leave it to an experienced team?

The Right Gear for the Job

If you’ve not done it all before, and know what you need, meaning, moving blankets, rope, extra boxes, ramps, dollies, and more, you may want to leave it to a moving company. Nothing is worse than having to stop a move, because you have to run to the big box hardware store and buy a dolly because you forgot to rent a couple of extra ones for the move… Time and money… Time and money… What is it worth to you?  You may not want to nickel and dime yourself by having to go buy extra gear, bubble wrap, moving blankets, etc. just because you miscalculated… A professional moving company can get this right the first time for you.

Lest We Mention Stress

We would be remiss if we did not indicate the number one reason, we think Do It Yourself moves should be avoided at all costs.  It’s not enough you have to start packing and disrupting your normal routine with your family at least a month ahead of time.  You’ll be putting things in boxes “hoping” you don’t need them over the course of and prior to your move.  You still have to work, you still have a normal family routine, etc. Now add in the time daunting task of packing and stacking boxes out of the way until moving day.

You may want to think about using a professional moving company at that point… A moving company can take the stress of scheduling the rental truck, picking it up, hoping your buddies can make it to help you with your move, etc. A professional moving company will bring the team with them to move you right the first time and protect your belongings correctly.  With Hercules Movers, you can expect the most professional of commitment to your move from a very reputable organization that’s been moving New Jersians for years.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Moving is a process that uproots your life from one location and takes it to another location. There are a few things more stressful than moving.  When you move, you need to pack most or all of your property. This is not an easy task as each type of item you own will require a special mode of packing to ensure adequate protection.

We live in an age of technology and for this reason; a lot of people have a lot of electronic devices to pack when moving. Televisions, laptops, computers, tablets, video game systems, and stereo equipment are all electronic devices.  These devices cost a lot of money and you need to make sure that they are protected all through your packing and moving process.

Here are a few tips to help you when packing your electronics in preparation for a move.

  1. Sort Your Electronics

By nature, electronics are delicate things to move. It is therefore important for you to move with only essentials. It might be a better financial decision for you to sell some devices and buy them when you get to your new location. Go through your electronic devices and determine the ones you really need to move with.  You will even find that there are a lot of devices that you do not need at all. Sell them or donate them. Try as much as possible to reduce the number of electronics you have to move with.

  1. Make Use of the Product manual

It’s best for you to follow the manufacturers’ advice for packing electronics. The manufacturer of an electronic device knows the most about what it takes to protect the product. So, ensure to go through the owner’s manual. If you cannot find the product manual that came with the device, you can check the website of the company. The website will definitely have useful information about the device you need to move.

  1. Use the original product boxes and materials for packing

If you saved the original boxes your devices came in, it will be best for you to use it to pack the device. These boxes are made and used by the manufactures to keep devices before purchase. They are usually custom made boxes and are very effective in packing and repacking these devices. You might not find packing materials that fit as well as the original product boxes. There are other materials that are put in product boxes to protect the devices in the box. If you have these things, they will be very useful for you when you want to move.

  1. Get important packing materials

If you do not have the original packing materials available, you will need to get some essential moving supplies to pack them. You will start with these essentials: sturdy cartons, newsprint for wrapping things up, tape, scissors, and felt-tip markers to the number and label each box.

  1. Disassemble Your Devices

You will need to disassemble your electronic devices before packing them for a move. Take out the batteries in all your electronic devices – appliances and their remotes. Batteries can overheat and get damaged during the move if left in the device. This might have an adverse effect on your device. So, remove batteries to protect the device and the battery. Eject CDs from your device and tape the device shut. If you have a printer, eject the cartridges and wrap your printer appropriately for a move.

  1. Have a Code for Packing Cords

When you have disassembled your electronic devices, you will need to deal with the connecting cords.  Many electronics such as computers, television, stereos, and other devices have a lot of connecting cords. You will need to develop a code for sorting out the cord so you do not mix them up. The easiest code will be to use a color code. Use colored stickers to mark each cord and the same color sticker where the cord connects to the device. This will save you the stress of trying to figure out which cord goes where when you are unpacking and reassembling your electronics.

  1. Control the Storage Temperature

Many electronic devices are sensitive to temperature. Devices like computers and television sometimes need to be stored in temperature-controlled units. You can find this information on the product manual or contact the manufacturer or your storage facility. It is advisable to use the recommended storage temperature when moving to avoid the possibility of damage to your electronic device.

  1. Wrap Your Electronics Devices

It’s important to wrap your devices. You can wrap your devices using moving supplies such as bubble wraps, moving papers, and even old towels. This helps to protect the devices and minimize the possibility of damage that can be caused by moving electronic devices. If you do not wrap the devices, you can use bubble wrap or moving paper to cushion the boxes before placing the device in the box and then use the same thing to fill the top of the box before sealing the box. Where the device is one that has a screen, do not use paper to wrap it. Use a bubble wrap as this is more effective for the protection of glass. Each device will need unique care when wrapping. Ensure to protect them properly.

  1. Use Quality Packing Tape

When you have placed the items in moving boxes, seal the boxes and label them appropriately. Seal the boxes completely with quality packing tape to secure the boxes properly.

  1. Label Appropriately

It is also important that you label the boxes containing your electronics as fragile. In addition to that, use a marker to indicate what item is inside the box. This will also help the movers to be careful when handling boxes that contain electronics.

  1. Make a Record

You will need a general inventory list. However, it is important to make a list of the electronics you are moving with. You will also need a record to show how you disassembled the electronic device. This will be useful for your unpacking when you need to assemble the devices.

 

 


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