Intro: No matter if you’re moving across town or the country, there are two key questions that you need to ask yourself: “Do I have a deadline?” and “How much do I want this move to cost me?” If your move is time-sensitive and you don’t mind paying a little more for convenience, go with a full-service company. But if money isn’t an issue and your schedule doesn’t require it, DIY moving might be right for you.
Moving is a difficult process. It’s hard enough to find the time to pack everything up and get it all ready, but then there’s also figuring out how you’re going to transport your stuff from point A to point B. This blog post will teach you how to choose a moving company to have an easier experience with this stressful process.
- What type of service do you require? Research the moving companies you’re interested in. Most movers offer various services and options, but if you’re looking for the basics, then it’s difficult to beat a moving truck rental. When you rent a U-Haul or other company’s truck and decide to do all the work yourself, you’ll load up your car (or vans) with your belongings and drive over to the new place where someone will meet at your destination and unload everything for you. It won’t take long before this approach catches up with you, though, as lugging heavy boxes up flights of stairs can be exhausting work. So do it right, hire movers, at least for heavy stuff like furniture. If your budget is tight, get quotes from several companies so that you can weigh the costs and benefits for yourself.
- Find out the prices and services offered by different companies: When considering whether to hire a full-service moving company or do it yourself, be sure that you understand all of the costs associated with moving on your own. When hiring professionals to move your possessions, there are often hidden expenses involved in addition to the cost of their services. For example, some companies charge extra for stairs while others have special equipment that will cost extra. Make sure you’re aware of all possible additional costs when dealing with a moving company.
- Find out what type of service you need:
- Do you have a deadline? Time-sensitive moves: Full-service movers are the best choice for time-sensitive situations because they offer specific dates and guaranteed time frames. You’ll also get someone who will pack up all your things while focusing on work and other responsibilities. Unlike their competitors, most full-service companies even offer 24 hours, seven-day-a-week services with no surcharges for weekends or holidays. So if there’s any chance that you might need help over the weekend or holiday, it’s typically much cheaper to pay for a full-service move than having to hire another company at higher rates to assist you over this period.
- Full-Service Move: This is the “classic” moving service where movers come in and pack everything up for you. They also transport your goods either by truck or van (sometimes a combination of both) and then unload it into your new home or apartment for you as well. Full-service moves are great if money isn’t an issue because they offer pretty much all of the conveniences you could want when moving from Point A to Point B. The only thing they don’t provide is transportation to your new place, which can be a pretty big expense if you’re moving across town or the country.
- Are they a secure service? Finally, if you’re at all concerned about security, you should probably avoid a do-it-yourself move and opt for a full-service company. With back-to-back highway robberies on interstate routes recently, movers have been taking extra precautions to ensure that your items get from point A to point B without being swiped along the way. Ask for references from friends or family who have used them before. Ask to speak to previous customers: Unfortunately, some scam artists out there prey on unsuspecting people looking for affordable moving services; therefore, you must do thorough research before choosing a mover. Ask to speak to previous customers and make sure they had a good experience.
Before you sign a contract: Before signing a contract, make sure you have read and understood all conditions. Pay special attention to the time slabs in which your move will take place. If, for example, you only want the movers available on weekends and they insist that they’ll be at your home during weekdays, then ask yourself if it’s worth it or not.
Confirm the following common doubts before you hire the moving company:
- Do you have liability insurance? Confirm the insurance and discuss the loss recovery beforehand.
- Who will be doing the actual loading, unloading, and transporting? Make sure your valuables and furniture are handled by people who know how to carry valuable items and are not clumsy.
- What equipment do you use to transport my items? Confirm the vehicle and the means the movers will be using it to move your stuff.
- How are extra fees assessed (storage, gas surcharges)? Again, you must expect complete transparency from the movers, no hidden costs, and sneaky digits on the bills.
- How would you know an estimate for my move? Time is an important factor. It would help if you asked how much time it takes for the movers to reach the destination.
- What are the move-in and move-out dates? First, you need to confirm your dates with the movers and packers so that they arrange the vehicle for your possessions, men to carry your belongings, and reaching dates with the mover’s company.
- Do you offer an estimate for how much my move will cost? Negotiate the amount to get the right price and not be fooled by the high rates.
Conclusion: do not settle for less. Do your research and consult two to three moving companies before choosing the best match for your needs. Moving is a lot easier when you have your happy helpers manage stuff for you. Let the experts handle the moving while you enjoy your first day in the new location.