Advantage Moving & Storage Industry Info

(408) 840-3997
222 Railroad Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035
Brian Kavanaugh is president of Advantage Moving & Storage.
Preparation is the key to any successful move.

Any time you waste during a moving project translates to wasted money, so the more you’re able to prepare beforehand, the easier your move will be. Consider the following preparation tips:

Get a written estimate from a reputable moving company. Getting an in-person estimate will ensure the movers get an accurate idea of what your move will look like, including the extent of your belongings, the size of your furniture and any special items that may be harder to move. “When you get an estimate in writing, you have a clear promise of what your movers will do and what you’ll pay for their services,” says Chitra Bheeman, co-owner of Advantage Moving & Storage in Milpitas. “If everything is clear upfront, moving day will be much less stressful because there won’t be any surprises.”

Use better boxes. It’s important to use strong boxes with plenty of tape to ensure they don’t collapse in transit. However, an even better alternative to cardboard boxes are stackable plastic storage bins—they’re low-maintenance (no tape needed), sturdy and reusable.

Disassemble furniture yourself. Fixtures and furniture such as bookshelves, beds, and cribs often need to be taken apart in order to fit into a moving truck or through a doorway. This is a time-consuming task, but you’ll save a lot of time and money by doing it yourself ahead of time instead of leaving it for the moving crew. If you have any doubt that a piece of furniture will fit, disassemble it to be safe. Otherwise, you might be stuck paying for a last-minute disassembly service.

Prepare fragile items. Remove light bulbs from lamps so they don’t shatter from the vibration of the moving truck. Also, smaller lamps and lamp shades tend to be very fragile, so box them up instead of keeping them out with standing lamps. Tightly wrap framed pictures in blankets and ask if your mover has a special rack in the truck for transporting them.

Consider the location. If you live in an urban setting, you might need to reserve a loading dock (particularly if it’s a high-rise building) or procure a street parking permit for the day. Remember, these details are your responsibility, not the moving company’s. To obtain a parking permit, you can either go to your local police station or visit the city’s website. Parking permits may not be cheap, but they’re less expensive than a parking ticket or rescheduling your entire move. Other factors that might come into play in an urban area are road closures for maintenance or street fairs, so do some preliminary research to make sure nothing will cause delays on the day of your move.