Selecting a moving company to handle all of your belongings can be quite the process. But, believe us, you’ll thank yourself for the time and effort you save later. Especially if you have a lot of stuff, hiring quality movers can help ensure a smooth move – no lost boxes, broken tables or shattered stemware.
Save yourself the headache on moving day by choosing a moving company you can trust.
Ask friends and family for moving company recommendations and to share their experiences. Hearing first-hand feedback from someone you trust can make all the difference.
Limit the environmental impact of your move by choosing a green moving company. From eco bubble wrap and recycled moving boxes to fuel-efficient trucks, green moving companies offer an eco-friendly alternative to moving.
During a consultation, a professional estimator performs a quick walk-through to determine the weight of your move. For the most accurate estimate, be prepared to explain which items you intend to move yourself and which belongings will be trashed or donated.
A reliable moving company takes a thorough inventory of your items room by room. This should include everything from inside dresser drawers and kitchen cupboards to garage shelves and boxes in the attic. This detailed inventory list protects you from losing items and ensures an accurate estimate of cost.
Be sure to ask the estimator about extra fees to move appliances or other large items. For instance, when moving to or from a two-story house or a high-rise apartment, stairs and elevators might result in surcharges.
After in-home visits from a handful of moving company options, compare each of them side by side to find the highest quality option for the lowest price.
The only time you should make a payment is upon delivery. Trustworthy movers won’t ask you to pay cash or a large deposit before the moving service is completed.
Make sure everything is in writing before signing. Verify that the estimate, extra fees and moving dates are all correct.
The average cost of hiring professional movers is between $90 and $120 per hour. When determining the price to hire movers cross country or for long distances, keep fuel and transportation costs in mind. For larger items like pianos or appliances, you might be charged extra fees. Be sure to ask your moving company about all of these factors to avoid any surprise charges.
During your in-home consultation, your estimator should run through their list of prohibited items with you, including:
Power Equipment with Fuel
Valuable / Personal Items
Specialty / Especially Heavy Items
Take this week to decide whether you need a moving company or if do-it-yourself moving will do the trick. Keep reading to prepare for organizing your home in Week 5.