Everyone who is preparing for a move has concerns about the large and fragile items that are going to be packed in the moving van or truck. How can you be sure that these items are going to arrive in the way that you want them to? Are there options that make it easier for you to have peace of mind?
Many of the companies at iMoving offer what are known as special handling services. What are these, why do they matter, and how can you be sure that you’re doing what is necessary in order to get things done in a way that you’re happy with?
What is Special Handling?
In short, special handling is a style of moving and packing that is meant for fragile items and large items. These items are in need of special care during transport, and if you request special handling as part of your moving services, it alerts your movers that there’s something that they will need to take special care with. You may also see this called “white glove services,” in reference to how these professionals are very careful – “handling with white gloves on” – with what it is that you are moving to your new home.
What Items Will Need Special Handling Services and Why?
It depends on what your priorities are and how you plan on taking care of things. Many times, you will find that your items that need special handling are going to fall into multiple categories, including:
Antiques. If you have any sort of antique, it will need special care as it gets moved to its new location. Antiques may have an additional charge if they are considered to be valuable, as well.
Large Items. Anything that has to be moved by multiple people is considered to be an item that has special handling requirements. Large items are bulky, take up a lot of space in the truck, and can get scratched or harmed during transport if the movers don’t use special handling procedures.
Furniture that Cannot Be Disassembled. While some furniture can be disassembled – like tables, some chairs, and most entertainment centers – not all of it can. Couches and other large, awkward objects need multiple people to carry them and they have special protocol related to how they need to be transported on the truck.
Instruments. Musical instruments, like pianos, harps, and tubas, need to be well taken care of when they’re on any sort of journey. Not only are they big and bulky, but your movers may also need special tools in order to make sure that they get moved correctly.
Mirrors and Other Items with Glass. Glass is a big issue when moving, so if you have any furniture or other large that contains glass or is made from glass, you need to let your movers know. They will utilize all sorts of tools to make sure that the glass is not scratched or broken during the moving process.
There are a few other categories that may come up here as well, depending on what you may need and how much you’re going to be moving with your family. It’s always a good idea to check in with your local moving company to let them know about any items that you suspect may need special handling so that you can work out details. This will help them, and you, ensure that you’re doing whatever is necessary to keep it all safe and stable during the moving process.
Communication with Movers Regarding Special Handling
You want to be sure that, when you use iMoving’s facilitation services, you indicate that you’re going to require special handling services. Not only will it be included in your quote, but it also allows them to have everything in order when they arrive at your home on moving day. They’ll need special items for packing and moving, so you want to know that they’ll have those things on hand.
When you’re going through with your move, be sure that you talk directly with the movers to let them know which items you believe are going to need special handling during your move. Have a list ready for them so that, on the day of your move, you will be able to have everything taken care of in the way that you want it to.
Which Companies Offer Special Handling Services?
Many moving companies offer special handling as a part of what they regularly offer. They know that most of their customers are going to have some sort of large item or fragile item that is going to need special care, so they take the time to train at least a few of their movers in how to deal with those items.
You may find a handful of companies that will refer you to another company if you request special handling services. If you indicate that you need special handling services in your iMoving search, we will ensure that you get a company that can meet that need for you.
How Much Do Special Handling Services Cost?
Every company differs. If it’s a company where their entire staff is trained in how to take care of the issues and concerns around special handling services, they may only charge an extra $10 or $20 for the move. Other companies may tack on another hour of services, or if it’s a long-distance move, they may add other fees due to the special handling in transport.
Special handling services save a lot of time, effort, and stress that is often associated in relation to your large and fragile items. As you talk with professionals to see what it is that they have available, you can be sure that you’re able to get whatever you need, however you need it.
Take a look at all of the options that you have available here at iMoving – we can connect you with the right people and ensure that you get the best moving services possible.