The first thing you need to do is determine exactly what moving services you want an estimate on. Local moving can involve moving the entire contents of your house or you may just want the large items moved. Do you need the movers to do any packing of boxes? Do you have any storage needs? Are there any special attention items (piano, pool table, artwork)? Once the services are determined, make sure that every mover provides a quotation based on the same services.
Movers will provide a quotation over the phone, by email or by performing an in-home survey. An in-home estimate is really the best option. This provides your potential moving company with the best information. They will be able to see everything you plan to move and exactly what services are needed. Your moving company representative will be in a much better position to offer suggestions and give you ideas on how and where you can save money. They can observe access to your residence and any unexpected obstacles. This way, there will be no hidden surprises (or costs) come moving day!
If you prefer a phone estimate or on-line quotation, keep in mind that these types of estimates are only as accurate as the information you supply. A reputable moving company will ask you lots of questions about things that you may not think of (access at current and new residence, assembly/disassembly needs, stairs). Be wary of the moving company that does not ask questions.
Price should not be the only factor when hiring a local moving company. Extremely low bids should raise a red flag! If an estimate is way out of line with the others, it is probably too good to be true. There are a lot of rogue movers out there that will take advantage of the unsuspecting. Poor quality movers can really be worse than hiring none at all.
When making your decision on hiring a professional mover, do your homework and take the time to investigate the company you are considering.
- Check their references and on-line reviews.
- Look at their Better Business Bureau rating
- Do they maintain full-time employees that undergo drug testing and background checks?
- Do have the proper vehicles and equipment to handle every aspect of your move?
Mostly importantly, you should be comfortable with the local moving company that you hire to move your life’s most treasured possessions. If you have taken the time to do your research, you will have piece of mind come moving day that your belongings will be handled by a company that is reputable, experienced and provides their services at an affordable price.