Full Service Movers in Tulsa Can Make Moving Simpler—Here's How and Why

Full Service Movers - A-1 FreemanMoving can be a big stress—just like the really bad stuff like divorce and job loss. So even in the best circumstances, household tensions are high and everyone's nerves are wearing thin. If you're like 99% of the population, the thing that keeps you up at night is the physical move--a weeks or months long process that will take up all of your time. It is mind boggling for even a very organized and clutter-free person; you've got to go through everything and purge and wrap and get boxes and figure out how to pack the boxes and disassemble furniture and then get it all from here to there.

This is where a professional, full-service moving company can assist and give you time to focus on your new house, new job, new schools, and new life. Whether you are moving across the street in Tulsa or across the country, everything in your old residence has to be packed up or gotten rid of. A lot of people concentrate on the portion of the move that involves loading the trucks and going down the road, but like most household projects, the preparation is the iceberg and the actual moving day is only the visible tip. A seasoned team of professional full-service movers can help you navigate that iceberg for smooth and easy sailing right up to your new front door.

For starters, you've got to find the best moving company for you. Ask your family or your realtor for referrals, and interview a few companies to decide on the right fit for you. If you have never used movers before, here are a couple important questions to ask.

-Are you licensed and insured? Ask to see a current copy of their commercial policy.

-What is your damage liability, and what are the options for fine furniture or antiques? Good movers will look over all your belongings and point out existing damage or weak spots before they wrap, these days they'll take pictures, also.

-Can I box some things? Do you really pack dirty ashtrays? Most people want to pack really valuable or fragile items themselves, and most movers are alright with that. But, the pros really know how to wrap fragile things so there's less chance of breakage, and to put those items in boxes so they are safe but not too tight (fun fact: twisting packing paper through the handle of a coffee cup or mug and stuffing packing paper into it reduces the chance the mug will crack). And most professional movers will ask before they pack up full trash cans--the ashtray might have happened but it's likely an urban legend.

-Will you disassemble beds and furniture and assemble them in the new house? Full-service movers are skilled at disassembling and reassembling anything from futons to beds. There are few things in life more pleasing than a man who understands the tricks of those little cams and bolts. Also, they use their own tools so you are not sorting through stuff that is already packed to locate the screwdrivers.

-Do you charge a flat rate or can I choose a la carte services? Again, most movers will be flexible on services. However, you could pay a premium for only getting certain services. If you think you will save a little purchasing your own moving supplies, or taking apart furniture, you might want to think again. When you take into consideration that you will be charged higher prices at moving supply or big box stores and do not know how much you'll really use, and will make multiple trips to the store, letting the professional packers do it is usually the lower cost option.

Full Service Movers - A-1 FreemanNow that you've hired the perfect movers—you're on their schedule for packing and loading and unloading--you can stop worrying about that portion of the move and move on to the details of starting life in a new house.

If you’re moving locally in Tulsa, you're fortunate in that you can keep the nuts and bolts of your life the same--same bank, dentist, gym, etc. But if your relocation is not local and you have got to start rebuilding your network from scratch; the good news is that without the move anxiety consuming your every waking moment, you can get a head start on all the things that turn a new town into a home town.

The devil is indeed in the details, so here are some suggestions to help you prioritize. For starters, you need to gather all your important documents that are spread all over and put them into a folder, either digital or a hard copy. You'll need birth certificates, social security numbers, medical and immunization records, driver’s license, passports—at some point during the move and settling you'll need to get your hands on everything. Changes in federal and some state laws require two forms of photo government ID, so yes, you do need to conjure up your passport and make sure and renew if it is out of date.

Schools

If you've got kids in school, getting them adjusted into their new environment as easily as possible is crucial. Call the local Board of Education to confirm the documents you need to register in their system. School districts have different policies regarding attendance; some have rigid boundary lines and others are more fluid. If you're curious about magnet schools, you'll need their guidelines to register for their programs. For proof of residence, you'll most likely need a copy of your deed, mortgage, or lease to confirm your address, and most likely a utility bill as a secondary form of verification. Also, remember the current immunization records and transcripts from previous providers.

Health Care

Ask your primary care physician for referrals in your new town—there's sometimes a trusted buddy from med school they can recommend. As so many practices now are part of large networks of providers you may be able to have an easy transition to a new group; if not your insurance carrier can steer you to in-network practices. It is likely to be more difficult to find the right pediatricians, internists, orthodontists and witch doctors, but be calm and you'll find one you like. Do not forget about switching over your prescriptions; chances are good that you will just have to transfer to the new location and keep the same company.

Utilities and Maintenance

Your realtor may be assisting you to ensure all your utilities are turned on and functioning when you get to your new residence, but you're the one who must set up the accounts and schedule service. You've got the necessities--power, water, and gas--where there is a solo provider and that is it. Most towns have numerous options for communication services, and if your current provider does not service your new area you'll have to research a new one.

If your new neighborhood has a Homeowners Association they will have all the appropriate information on things like trash pickup, mail delivery and lawn maintenance standards. If you manage your own yard this may be a good time to upgrade the mower and trimmer, if not ask around for a good lawn company.

Personal Miscellany

Most states have a narrow window for changing your address on your driver’s license, so take care of that as quickly as you can. Your cars also need to be registered in your new county or town; taxes sway widely and you may discover a notable decrease or increase in your property taxes. You can update your voter registration at most license offices, and obtain the address of your new polling location.

As you can see, simply rearranging your life for a move is a lot of work, so why would you take on the burden of the physical move when you can employ a full-service moving company manage that for you? Research the right professionals for your move so you can make time for the important stuff--like locating a dry cleaner and car wash close to the dentist!