As you start to think about your future home relocation, you may be looking around at your house and trying to figure out what it is that you need to move and how you’re going to take care of everything. How can you know that you’re doing what is best for your situation?
Moving your furniture, among the other important items at your home, can be a huge undertaking and you need to be sure that you can stay ahead of all of the problems and concerns that may arise. How can you be sure that you find the right movers to deal with it? Are furniture movers going to be able to take care of everything for you properly?
In this article, we’re going to give you tips on how to find the right moving company for your purposes and give you some things that you need to consider when looking for those movers in the first place.
A Note On Bias
As you start to search for details on movers and talk to people (or read their opinions), you want to be sure that you remember that people have biases. In many instances, they had a specific way that they wanted their move to go, and if it did or didn’t go that way, then that colored their view of that company.
Be sure that you keep an eye on bias and listen to what they’re saying. If they’re especially irritated or inflammatory about a company, then you may want to move on from the conversation and look more into that company on your own time. Be aware of bias during your search and you’ll be a lot better off as you work out the details and find the right moving company for your purposes.
Ask Family and Friends
Family and friends are always a solid resource for finding out info about local moving companies, no matter how recently that they moved. If they’re local to your area, it’s likely that they know someone or they’ve heard something that they can pass on to you. The more that you know from locals, the better off you are, and the better decision that you will make.
In some cases, family and friends may have a connection to a moving company or someone else that may be able to take care of a move for you. Be sure that the connection isn’t too close – in some cases, it could end up causing relational strain if there’s a problem or concern that arises during the moving process, and you want to avoid that as much as you possibly can.
Browse the White Pages and Use the Internet
The white pages aren’t as popular as they used to be, but you can use them as a part of any online search that you may do. They’re mostly online nowadays, so you can access them quickly and find what you’re looking for.
As you look around online, be sure that you are keeping your eyes out for companies that are legitimate and that have an actual mailing address associated with them. Or, at the very least, a company that you’ve heard of.
The internet does make it easy for some “moving companies” to pull the wool over the eyes of unknowing clients, but if you’re careful as you search and you keep up with things, you can be sure that you avoid those companies.
Don’t be afraid to check these companies’ social media pages either. Social media pages can give you a pretty solid idea of what it is that they do and what people think of them. A good social media page is going to allow for ratings, and you can read what people have to say and how many stars that they have, as well.
Connect with a Facilitator or Broker
There are some companies out there that actually focus on connecting local and cross country movers with potential customers. Brokers and facilitators are two types of companies that are adjacent to moving companies, but often do not deal with the actual physical act of moving items from place to place.
These companies spend a lot of time curating their connections with different local movers in order to ensure that they have the best choices out there for a move. So, if you connect directly with a moving facilitator or broker, you can feel fairly confident that they aren’t working with bad companies.
In many cases, they are going to deal with the paperwork and everything else that is related to getting your move in order. In some instances, they may even be the one who handles all of the money, not releasing it until the move has been completed.
They may cost a little more, but they end up having a lot of layers of protection-connected with them. They typically have good insurance options and, if there is any sort of problem that needs to be dealt with, the facilitator or broker deals with it. Much lower stress for you, and you get some solid results for your furniture moving.
Look for a Company with a Great Reputation
Now you want to look into some details about the companies you’re looking at. Reputation is everything, and that’s something that you’ll get a sense of as you start reading all of the information that is provided to you online and from the white pages. Your family and friends can give you an idea of a reputation as well.
There are also all sorts of organizations – including the Better Business Bureau – that have specific systems that they utilize in order to determine whether or not a business meets their very high standards of running a business. If you use these websites to double-check your info, you’ll have a better picture of everything that you’re looking at.
Know Your Budget and Work Out Affordability
Whenever you hire anyone for a job like this, you want to be sure that you do your best to fit it within your budget. Moving large and fragile items like furniture is going to cost more than moving boxes no matter what, so you need to go into this whole thing with realistic expectations as to what you may need to pay.
Have a budget with parameters that you’re willing to work within. Have a “breaking point” that you absolutely will not pay more than for your move. And also, be ready to negotiate. You can often work with movers in order to determine what is best for them and for you, so negotiating is a pretty helpful skill there.
Be Willing to Be Flexible
When it comes time to finally pick a company, be sure that you’re as flexible as you possibly can be. In many cases, you are going to want to be able to schedule a time for an in-person quote so that you can get the most accurate information possible before making a decision.
Flexibility is also important for choosing your moving day. This is especially true when you’re working with local movers that focus on moving furniture and other large and/or fragile items between places. They may have a waiting list or they may need to schedule your move for a day before or after your “ideal day.” Build-in some flexibility and you’ll be fine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I even have to hire movers?
If you’re someone that is trying to save money, you may be trying to figure out if you can cut corners and eliminate the cost of movers. If you have a lot of stuff that you’re taking with you, you’re likely better off hiring movers.
If you don’t have much, then you may be okay just renting a truck and loading it up with a few of your friends or family members.
How much is considered a reasonable budget for a move?
If you’re moving locally, you can typically accomplish everything for $1500 or less, depending on the size of your home. If you’re hiring cross country movers, you could pay anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500 depending on distance and how much stuff that you’re bringing with you across the country.
Can I just get rid of my furniture and buy new stuff?
Possibly. If you have older furniture that you think you’d replace anyway, then there’s no reason not to sell it. It’ll save you money on your move and you’ll have more space for other stuff. In most cases, you’ll probably want to keep some furniture (especially if it’s newer) and get rid of others.
Hire Those Movers
There are a lot of movers to choose from, so you want to be sure that you look at all of the long-distance and local moving companies in your area. Using these guidelines to find the best one can make a huge difference and allow you to get ahead of the game when moving day comes along.