The Importance of Home Access when Moving Home

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One thing that many people don't consider when moving home is how accessible their home is for a moving company. Poor accessibility can affect both the price and difficulty of moving home. This article will teach you anything you may want to know about the effect of the accessibility of your home on moving. Included are also a few strategies that you may be able to employ to mitigate any issues.

Price

How accessible your home is for a moving company can have a big effect on the cost of your move. Depending on how difficult your home is to access, the moving company may have to use extra equipment. For example, if your home is on a high floor with narrow staircases, a crane may be required to remove things from your home. The transport and operation of such equipment cost money for the moving company. Not to mention that they have to bring someone who is able to operate the equipment and pay them. Some equipment will take time to set up and/or to use. All of this translates to an increased cost for your move.

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Difficulty

Even if additional equipment isn't required, an inaccessible home will still make loading things onto the moving vehicle more difficult. Take, for example, a home in the middle of the city with no empty parking nearby. In such a case, the moving truck would have to be parked further away. This would mean that the movers would have to carry all of your belongings for a much greater distance. Not only would this take more time it would also be exhausting. This is just one example, but it is clear how much harder moving out of an inaccessible home can be for the employees of a moving company.

Strategies

Although you can't get rid of any of the issues that your home has with accessibility, there are a few strategies that you can employ to mitigate the issues. Going back to the parking example, one strategy that you could employ in this case is to save a parking space for the moving vehicle. How you do this would depend on your situation. If you live in an apartment complex with a private car park, you could take to the owner of the building and inquire about the possibility of reserving some space for the moving vehicle. If the only nearby parking is public parking, you may have to occupy a parking space until the moving company arrives.

If the issue is furniture that is unable to fit downstairs, check to see if it can be disassembled. Not all furniture can be and the service costs money, but it is still better to check. Alternatively, you also have the option of replacing the furniture. If the items that won't fit are old or worn out, it may be better to replace them than to have to pay extra for your home move. If doing so, you will have to break the furniture to get rid of it.

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