Q. How early should I book service?
A. It's important to book your residential or office move with our moving company in advance to secure your ideal moving date. Two to four weeks' notice is preferred; however, we do try and accommodate short-notice moves as well.
Q. How do I reduce the chance of damage?
A. If Iowa Moving 1 is loading your POD, rental truck, or ABF trailer for an out-of-town move, please provide an adequate amount of furniture pads (an estimate is 1.5 to 2 pads for each foot of truck or trailer. For example, a 17 ft. truck would need 26 to 34 pads).
This is a rough estimate and you may need more or less pads depending on the amount of wooden and fragile items. Pads can be purchased for long distance moves or rented for local moves.
Tie-down straps (ratchet tie-downs) are also needed to help avoid load-shifting during transit, and can be purchased from us. All of these things are important to help minimize potential damage.
Other protective items to consider are wardrobe boxes, mattress bags, picture and mirror boxes, electronics boxes, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing paper.
Q. Do I need to empty clothes from dresser drawers?
A. Yes, please remove clothing and other items from dresser drawers before the movers arrive. This will allow for a safer move.
Q. Should I tip my movers? How much should I tip?
A. Tips are common and appreciated by your movers. If the movers do a good job, feel free to reward them with a tip. Movers provide a service much like waiters, cab drivers, and others who commonly get tips for good service.
Tips should be paid separately from the regular bill and given directly to the individual movers. An average tip is typically $7 to $10 per hour worked for each mover.