November 16, 2020
White Glove Moving? What Is It and Is It Worth It?
Many find moving to be time-consuming, physically exhausting, and mentally draining. And who could blame them? Moving is hard work! If you’ve ever wished you could snap your fingers and already be moved into your new home without the hassle of everything from packing boxes to hauling furniture, white-glove moving may be the answer. While this service doesn’t work quite as quick as a finger snap, it can make your move quicker, less stressful, and even a bit luxurious.
What is White Glove Moving?
“With white glove moving, customers don’t have to lift a finger,” explains Nancy Zafrani, the GM of the New York moving company Oz Moving. “This top of the line moving package takes care of everything from packing your belongings to arranging them in your new home. The project manager and team leader will take photos of your old home’s setup to ensure all items get unpacked in the same arrangement in your new residence. This includes the placement of clothing in closets, books on shelves, items in cabinets, etc. Furniture will also get arranged according to the plan. Another notable difference of a white-glove move is that the moving crew includes experts to upgrade the experience. Beyond movers, this type of moving crew also commonly employs carpenters to make custom boxes for fragile items, a project manager to personalize your moving plan, locksmiths to change out locks, etc.”
Beyond the professionals that Zafrani mentions, other services this type of move may offer that are worth mentioning include art installation, mounting TVs, setting up electronics, and an in-depth cleanup before boxes get moved in.
Is It Worth It?
White glove moving sounds like a dream to many, but it may not be the best option for everyone. For example, those who have a hard time letting go of the reins on projects may find this type of move to be more stress than it’s worth. Or if you’re on a tight moving budget, the heftier price tag may not be feasible. However, in the majority of moving scenarios, this service is highly beneficial. Here are a few reasons that people commonly choose a white glove move.
You’re Short on Time
Relocating to a new home comes with a moving checklist that puts those lengthy CVS receipts to shame. Whether it is sourcing moving supplies, packing, renting a truck, or the physical move itself, these tasks have a way of adding up fast. Therefore, if your schedule is already at max capacity and you can’t see yourself being able to fit a move in, white-glove is a great idea. As Zafrani said, this luxury package takes care of everything!
You Can’t Handle More Stress
Moving to a new home is stressful. After all, it’s a big life transition that requires a lot of planning and work. Especially if it is a bit unexpected and your timeframe for moving is rushed, such as for a job relocation. In this case, having everything done for you can be extra relieving. You will have more time for self-care, to decorate your new home, and do the things you enjoy.
You Have Items that are Difficult to Move
Hot tubs, grand pianos, and other bulky items are heavy and awkward to move. And that is without considering unexpected hurdles, such as narrow doorways and tight stairwells. The beauty of white moving is that you don’t have to worry about these items. Even if your grand piano somehow has to make it to the second floor, these movers can do so safely and efficiently thanks to their expertise and equipment—even if that means going above-and-beyond to crane it through a top floor balcony or large window.
You Have a Lot of Valuables
Opening boxes only to find out that some of your belongings broke isn’t only frustrating, but it also adds extra expenses to your move if you plan on replacing them without insurance. Not only that, but some damaged items can never be replaced, such as family heirlooms and possessions that hold sentimental value. With white glove moving, the crews have only the best movers that have been trained to pack and handle each box with extra caution. On top of this, you may also have custom wooden crates built for valuables to give them a boost of additional protection. This is especially helpful for larger antiques like grandfather clocks and delicate furniture.
You Want to Settle into Your New Home ASAP
Slow and steady wins the race, but living out of boxes as you get around to unpacking everything is never fun, especially if you’ve just moved long-distance. The fact that you can have everything unpacked right away means you won’t have ‘unpacking’ weighing on your schedule. And you can start enjoying your new home a lot sooner.
You Hate Waiting for Customer Service
Wasting valuable time sitting in a phone queue or on waiting for a reply to an email is frustrating, especially when you need an answer quickly. This is never the case with this premium service. A move manager is assigned to each move specifically to help you curate the service to your needs and answer any questions you may have in a timely manner.
Still unsure if this service is for you? Don’t hesitate to contact a moving company that offers it. Most are more than happy to give a free quote and suggest a package that suits your moving needs.
Overall, this moving service can help you start the next chapter of your life off on the right foot—with more free time and less stress. Whether you choose to spend that free time doing a luxury sport, relaxing with a book, or spending time with family, it is up to you. The point is, white-glove moving can gift you that time.