Whenever you move homes there is no way of avoiding paying. You will have the cost of physically moving yourself, even if that is just the gas money but it is the cost of moving your possessions which will probably be more. To move your stuff you will probably decide to use the services of a removal company but if you do, remember it is your cherished possessions that they are to move and so you will want a company which is known to be reliable. By all means view removals quotes for several companies but also read some reviews as the cheapest one may not be the most reliable. If you are intending to place some of your stuff in storage, a removal company will probably know of the best one in your area and may even own it themselves but either way, they should be able to assist and once again the more reliable the removal company; the more likely the storage facility they recommend is to be reliable.
Cost is of course important but you can sometimes not put a price on some of your prized possessions, many of which may be irreplaceable if they should get lost or damaged and so their safe transit most be your first concern. Most companies will turn up at the correct address at the prescribed time and load your goods but it is important to ensure that they have the correct address to deliver them to and are aware of the time that you expect them to reach. Most reliable removal trucks will arrive at the correct destination and on time but they often arrive to find no one to meet them and this can be a problem. They may well wait a few minutes and not even charge extra for waiting but if those minutes turn to hours, they certainly will charge extra and be fully entitled to do so. How long they wait may depend on what other work they have to do, how far they are away from home or perhaps just a company policy but if no one has met them by a certain time; they will take actions which will certainly cost you extra. The removal company should never leave your stuff on the street unattended and so will discharge it into a storage facility but it will be you that will have to pay that storage facility and you will have to pay them before you are allowed to remove your belongings. As your original removal truck would have already gone home, you will also have to find another truck to take that stuff to your new home. This amounts to a lot of extra expense that could have been avoided and so ensure that whoever you assign to meet the truck is reliable and dependable. In some instances this may mean that one family member has to travel ahead of the others, perhaps by public transport but given the consequences of not having someone meet the truck, it is often worth the effort and inconvenience.