Whether you’re moving cross country or just down the road, if you have a lot of possessions, chances are you’re going to be hiring movers. Here are some helpful tips to make your move as pain-free as possible, and save you money, too.
1. Ask your family and friends for recommendations. This is a lot simpler than just picking up the phone book. If you have somebody new that just moved into your neighborhood, ask them who they used and what they thought of the company. If you are going through the phone book, get at least 3 estimates before hiring someone. Equally as important, ask those companies for references. They should be able to provide you names and numbers of past clients who used them who you will be able to contact to make sure you’re comfortable. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out about any complaints. Go to their Web site here. Also check out MovingScam to see if they have a lot of registered complaints.
2. Make sure you get in-home estimates. If you’re worried about a quote, make sure to have the company come out to your house. Walk them through the entire home and show them what you’ll be moving in each room. If you’re strapped for time, this can be done online or over the phone, but the estimate will be much more realistic if you walk through the home with them.
3. Ask questions. Do they charge extra for gas? Do they charge by the mile? Do they charge more if moving furniture upstairs instead of just bringing it in the front door? These are all important factors to consider so you’re not surprised when you get the final bill. Let the companies know that you’re getting estimates from multiple companies. They’ll then realize they’re in competition and hopefully be more honest and upfront with their estimate.
4. Recycle! Save money on boxes by finding your own. Many storage companies and moving companies will sell you boxes to help you pack. Instead, go to your local grocery or hardware store. A lot of them just toss the boxes when they’re done. They’ll be happy to hand them over if you ask. Look online at Craigslist or Freecycle to see if people locally are giving away their moving boxes when they’re done with them.
5. On moving day, make sure you have the movers’ contact information and a complete inventory list. This way you’ll be able to get a hold of them if there is a last minute problem. You’ll also know exactly what to expect when you open all of your boxes and can call if something is missing. Don’t panic if you can’t find what you’re looking for right away. There’s a good chance the movers placed it somewhere else. It could easily turn up with a simple phone call.
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