How to narrow down the list of highly rated Movers?
There are a couple of ways to narrow down your list of highly rated movers. First, you can ask your friends or family members if they have ever used any of the moving companies in question. If they haven’t, then consider thoroughly researching the respective websites for the movers. Check out their reviews and analyze and fine print to reveal any hidden charges. Choose the one with the best reviews, lowest rates, and most experience for the best results.
What payment methods do most movers offer?
It should be noted that any moving company that ONLY accepts cash as a form of payment should raise a red flag to customers. They likely do so to erase any paper trail leading back to them. However, moving companies generally accept everything from credit cards to checks with proper identification. It is recommended that you pay by credit card to ensure that you have power to dispute any charges that appear on your account.
What items should be packed first when moving?
It is best to always start your packing room by room. Start with your least necessary rooms and items and leave out any items you need to continue living comfortably in your home. If you prefer, start with your office and end with your bedroom or kitchen. However, you can pack a little bit of each room according to your needs. Furniture and other items will be up to your movers to disassemble and move.
Why should I use a moving company?
The answer to that question is really based on perspective, but in general movers make your moving day go much smoother. If you have children or pets to attend to, moving can be that much more difficult. Movers can take care of all the heavy lifting and are experts at safely and quickly moving your most delicate items. Let the professionals handle your belongings while you head to your new home.
What will and won’t movers move?
Although movers can take care of virtually everything in your home, there are certain items they will not, or legally cannot move. Such items include combustible materials like charcoal, natural gas, and flammable liquids. Cleaning products should be moved in your own personal vehicle as movers cannot move them for you. You will be responsible for moving any item that contains hazardous materials that you may need in your new home.
Should I tip my movers?
Whether or not you tip your movers is generally based off of personal preferences. If you feel that your movers did an excellent job safely transporting your belongings, then feel free to tip them accordingly. Be sure and check the company’s policy before doing so, however, to make sure there isn’t any gratuity already added.
How accurate should I expect my moving estimate to be?
Generally, your estimate will be determined by several factors. Depending on the company that you choose, you could have an estimate that is based off of the weight of your belongings or how far you are moving or any combination of the two. Keep in mind the estimates should stay within a reasonable limit and make sure to get an additional quote once the movers arrive.
What is the best time to move?
Whether you choose to move on a Friday afternoon or a Tuesday evening, your moving estimate will likely be determined by the date and time you move. Experts agree that the cheap and easy times to reserve a moving company are during the middle of the week around Wednesday or even on Monday mornings. Also, moving during the fall and winter months can also greatly reduce your overall moving expenses.
When should I schedule my move with the moving company?
The sooner you reserve your moving date the better. Moving companies tend to book up quickly (especially the good ones) so make your reservation a month or so in advance to ensure service.
Is it safe to leave my clothes in my dresser during the move?
Once again, this depends on whether or not your moving company will in fact move your furniture with belongings inside. However, if they do make sure to keep your most prized items with you in a suitcase to avoid any unfortunate events. Most movers take the appropriate precautions to make sure your clothing is safe inside your dresser.
What happens if I hadn't packed everything by moving day?
This is a common concern for families who are moving across the country. Although we recommend doing your best to complete your packing by moving day, you can also either push back your moving date or enlist the help of the movers to finish up your last minute packing. Keep in mind, however, that this will likely add to your overall moving cost when the bill arrives.
Will the movers move my furniture where I would like it in my new home?
Absolutely! Movers are trained to follow your instructions and make sure that all of your furniture fits perfectly into your home the way you’d like. Be sure and let the movers know where you’d like your items before they finish unloading your belongings.
Should I provide the movers with food and drinks while they move my belongings?
Food and drinks are not your responsibility, but if the weather is particularly hot feel free to offer beverages or snacks at your own convenience. They will greatly appreciate your concern.
Will my moving company come even during inclement weather?
This once again is determined by the company you hire. However, movers located in colder climates will likely be outfitted with the proper gear for a successful move regardless of the weather. Rainy weather shouldn’t be a problem as most movers have tarps or covered vehicles to keep your items dry.
Are all the moving companies listed licensed, bonded, and insured?
Yes. All of our moving companies are licensed, bonded, and insured for your convenience. Feel free to double check their status through the federal government’s website www.protectyourmove.gov
What are the common Long Distance moving rates?
Long Distance moving rates are typically based off of a flat rate for distance coupled with either an estimate of the total weight of your items or a per item inventory price rate. Most moving companies leave the rate choice up to you.
What should I do if my belongings were damaged?
In the unfortunate event that your furniture was damaged or your items went missing, the first step is to take a picture of the damage and send in a formal complaint to the company. Never report damage to movers as they have no authority to offer you a refund. Once you have sent in a complaint through the moving company, then send one to your homeowners or renters insurance agent and follow their advice.
How can I save money on my move?
There are several ways to save money on your move. One way is by packing your items yourself. This will dramatically reduce your labor charges. You can also eliminate any unnecessary items that might end up in storage, and therefore reduce the cost of transporting them. It is also helpful to move on the right days of the year to reduce costs.
What questions should I ask my moving company before hiring them?
Obviously, the first things you should ask your movers include whether or not they are accredited by the BBB and what their license number is so you can verify their business status. Once verified, you can then ask them if they will be able to safely handle your move and what your final estimate will be. You can also inquire about hidden charges that may be on your final bill as well.
What is the best way to find reputable movers?
The best way to find a reputable mover is by comparing reviews of their business with their competition. A quick search on sites like ours enable you to get the big picture without any bias overtones. Honest reviews from real customers is the best way to determine the right movers for your job. Also, consider the experience of the company for the best result.
What is the best way to pack electronics?
Electronics are considered highly valuable items that need proper care to avoid any damage during transport. Items such as televisions need to be wrapped in specialized blankets to prevent scratching, and secured to avoid banging into walls or other furniture items. Movers are highly skilled at moving electronics, so it is best to let them handle the packing process.
How important is a moving checklist?
Organization is the key to a successful move. Moving checklists enable you to keep track of your items throughout the move. Checklists also help you plan your move weeks in advance and motivate you to get things done in a timely manner. As soon as you find out you are moving make it a point to write a basic checklist and expand on it as moving day approaches.
What should I keep in mind if I am a Senior and moving?
Moving to a new home as a senior can be a taxing experience. A lack of energy can make it hard to complete all the tasks necessary to move. If you are a senior and you plan on moving, make it a point to thoroughly investigate the movers you are hiring. Make sure they are reputable and have no negative reviews. From there, ask a friend or a family member to come over on moving day to make sure everything goes according to your plan.
Should I move my belongings myself?
The cost of hiring a moving company can motivate some people to move their belongings themselves. However, the cost of hiring a company may be well worth it if you plan on moving long distances or to an apartment with a few flights of stairs to climb. You can cause serious injury to yourself if you aren’t careful. Hire professionals if you want the move to go as smoothly as possible.
How to can I determine whether or not I will need a storage unit?
Whether or not you will need a storage unit comes down to how much you plan on moving. If you are downsizing your home and don’t plan on getting rid of your items, then you will likely need a storage unit. Also, if you want to remodel or redecorate your new place before moving in, you might find it advantageous to rent a storage unit to keep your most expensive pieces safe.