Whether you are a Pittsburgh native, or have only lived in this Pennsylvania city for a few years, you are probably somewhat familiar with your area. But what if you want to move to a new city in another state? You probably already know the basics: You should use a moving company for best results; you should make sure the company is reputable, and you should try to secure employment and finalize housing in advance of your move. However, there are other steps involved in moving from Pittsburgh to another city that even the most prepared person might overlook.
Book your move well ahead of time, and research the moving company diligently
You should schedule your move with a reputable moving company well before the day you’ll leave Pittsburgh. 6 weeks in advance is ideal; and some people opt to book even further in advance. Reserving a date far enough in advance ensures that you will have a truck to accommodate your belongings and a team of movers who will be able to help you pack and haul.
Before selecting a moving company, you should research the mover’s reputation. Some questions to ask include:
Will this Pittsburgh moving company give me a quote over the phone, or come to my house and make an estimate?
Does the moving company have its own staff, or does it use subcontracted labor?
Does the moving company include packing in the cost of the quote, or will I have to pack my belongings myself?
Will all of my items stay in the same moving van as it crosses state lines, or are multiple item transfers involved?
Is there an agent in my new city who will assist me in my re-location from Pittsburgh?
Here’s why it’s important to ask these questions: If you do not specify your requirements, give the movers enough details, or check the company’s reputation, you are less likely to get the quality moving service you desire.
Moving companies who provide telephone or Internet estimates cannot realistically gage how much furniture and how many possessions you own. The best way to receive a correct price quote is to let the mover make an appointment to evaluate your house so he or she can learn what your move out of Pittsburgh will entail. This ensures the most accurate price quote possible.
Some Pittsburgh moving companies use subcontracted labor. Often, this labor consists of temporary employees, some of whom might have little or no prior moving experience. Conversely, moving companies that use their own staff have invested the time and resources to recruit, screen, and train staff. Your move is more likely to be handled by professional, trained, and experienced movers if you select a company that hires its own staff and keeps them on year-round.
Professional movers have been trained to pack boxes, lift furniture, and stack items in moving vans. There are specific physical and mental skills involved in each of these tasks – in short, moving is an art. If you must pack some of your own items, especially large or unwieldy ones, you risk damaging them, losing them, or injuring yourself. Professional movers should also have the skills necessary to prepare your old and new homes for the move so floors, walls, and railings are not damaged. When choosing a mover, you must decide whether damage to your property or possessions is something you want to chance – and of course, you must make sure packing is included in the moving price quote if you prefer to leave that task to trained professionals.
It’s important to know whether your items will stay in the same van as it crosses state lines, or whether your move will involve multiple transfers. Each time your belongings are handled or jostled, the risk of damage and loss increases. To reduce risk, ensure you are selecting a moving company that uses just one van or truck throughout the move.
Finally, when you do arrive in your new city, you will need a resource to help you finalize the moving process; to assist you with your re-location queries, and to help you with customer service questions and concerns. Many Pittsburgh moving companies do not have representatives in cities outside of the Allegheny County area. Inquire about out-of-state moving representatives when you are selecting your mover.
Selecting a reputable, experienced, diligent moving company can transform the difficult process of re-locating from Pittsburgh into a smooth and pleasant experience.