If you’re like most people, you probably think of moving companies as the ultimate professional experts in getting your belongings from one place to another without a hitch. But even the best-moving companies won’t tell you everything you need to know to lessen the total cost of your move. Here are a few things you may want to consider.
Moving is expensive
There is no way around it, hiring movers can be expensive. However, planning your move during the off-peak season, if possible, can lighten the load on your budget. The truth is that moving companies offer lower prices during less busy times of the year to attract more customers and secure jobs.
Online quotes are not that accurate
Movers base online or phone quotations based on a standard list. Hence, online and over-the-phone quotations can never be accurate. Your best option for quotations would be inviting the movers over for an in-house estimate so they can see how much your belongings are going to weigh or how long it will take to prepare them for shipment and load them onto the moving truck.
Of course, all of them would want to secure the job right away, and to be able to get the best value for your money, have several in-house estimates done before choosing your moving company.
Pack your belongings and disassemble stuff yourself
Time is money in the moving business. You can save some of your hard-earned money by doing as much work on the move itself. Pack, get appliances ready for shipment (if they are not too big) and disassemble large furniture items. Have friends and family help you with this. Not only will it cost less and you would know that all your things are packed and labeled properly, but you’d also get to spend more time with them before the big move.
By-the-hour rates don’t mean cheaper
To ensure that you get the best deal, request rates by the hour, by weight, and by distance. Hourly rates are usually better for small moves but rates by weight are better for larger moves.
You can speed things up by getting everything ready before the professionals arrive. Avoid last-minute decision-making, remove obstacles from the movers’ path, and give the workers clear instructions.
Basic insurance won’t cover everything
When you hire professional moving services, the basic liability coverage will not be enough to protect your precious possessions. You may want more than just what’s offered for free, so that if anything goes wrong with any item during transit or it gets damaged due to too many miles traveled, then there are no limits on how much they can compensate!
Sign the contract only when you are fully satisfied with it. Some companies offer free boxes and maybe even wardrobe crates. However, you may want to watch out for hidden costs. Remember to save all documents related to your move such as receipts, insurance claims, contracts, and invoices, since most moving companies are not always legally bound to pay claims unless they document them. So make sure you send all supporting documents via mail right away so there aren’t any misunderstandings about what is owed!
Not all the staff is an experienced moving crew
Unfortunately, many professional moving companies resort to hiring students and inexperienced workers during the off-peak season for cheap labor or don’t have enough full-time employees to complete all the jobs they have scheduled during the peak moving season. These movers may or may not be professionals but they can still do some damage.
It’s always important to research the moving company you plan on using. Make sure they are properly insured and bonded, avoid suspicious-looking trucks with unlicensed drivers, ask questions if anything seems fishy during your interview process – and don’t forget that online reviews can be just as reliable for this type of information as talking directly to them face-to-face.
Delays can happen
We all know how stressful moves can be. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your movers will show up on time for the big move. So make sure that you’re covered by asking what their policy is when it comes to missed dates or delayed arrivals and who to reach out to when the truck is late.
The best way to get a good deal on moving is to be informed. Ask the right questions and you’ll know if a company’s offer will work for your needs, or not. If you need help getting started with some of these tips, don’t hesitate to call Boston Best Rate Movers at (617)787-3528 – we’re always happy to answer any question that comes our way!