What Should I Look For In A Professional Moving Company?

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What Should I Look For In A Professional Moving Company
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Your 3 bedroom home might have up to 5000 pounds of stuff inside, so word to the wise: don’t move it alone.

Gone are the days of buying boxes, haphazard packing, and getting a group of friends to move all your belongings, only to have half of it broken.

Nope. It’s 2020 and the world is different. American moving now consists of hiring professional movers to get the job done the right way, the first time.

The problem is, no person wants to spend an arm and a leg right before they start out in a whole new place. That’s why there are cheap moving companies that you can still rely on to be good movers, but without breaking your bank account. 

How much does the average move cost? 

If you’re wondering just how much the average move costs— it’s not pretty, and to be honest hiring a moving company isn’t even half of it.

The average move of a 4 bedroom home interstate costs approximately $4300, while intrastate costs approximately $1200. Some of the many costs that get factored into these numbers include:

  • Cost of the moving company
  • Insurance
  • Truck rentals
  • Gas
  • Overnight accommodations
  • Vehicle shipping
  • Storage units
  • Packing supplies
  • Cleaning costs
  • Utility set up
  • New furniture costs
  • Time off work 

How do I choose a professional moving company? 

First and foremost, never choose just any moving company; that’s like putting your entire life in just any person’s hands.

You wouldn’t let a stranger into your home, and at first, that’s essentially what professional movers are, so make sure to do your background checks first. Not literally background checks, of course, word of mouth.

The moving companies that your friends and family have recommended are the ones you should try first. A positive review from someone you trust is more valuable than anything. You also want to look for these qualities when choosing professional movers:

  • They’re licensed, certified, and insured: Don’t just take their word for it, be sure that you can verify that the drivers and moving trucks are licensed through the department of transportation. There are actually specific moving truck regulations that you can ask for a copy of to verify their records.
  • They have a consistent track record: Positive reviews and recommendations from friends are ideal, but you also want to analyze their track record. Ask or find out how often they’ve moved in your area? Were all the customers satisfied? How often have they ever lost or broken anything? Consistency is validity, so you know you’re going with the right choice.
  • They’re honest: When shopping around for home estimates on how much it will cost to move your home, there might be hidden fees and numbers, but the moving company you choose should be transparent. Be sure you can clearly understand all the parameters of your contract, and that each dollar you spend can be accounted for.
  • They fit your needs: This is the most important rule when hiring professional movers. Every move is different and you want yours to be treated as such. If you have a small move, long-distance move, have high value or specialty items, have a lot more furniture than most— whatever it is that makes your move unique, be sure the professionals can handle it. 

What is the cheapest way to move?

If you have to move, you might as well do so your way, the less expensive way. If you spend all of your money on the move itself, you won’t have anything left to pay your new mortgage, buy new furniture, or even decorate your new home.

That’s why everyone can benefit from understanding the cheapest ways to move.

Rent a portable container 

This is actually a very popular way to move, but people often forget about it. A portable container is ideal, especially if your move-out and move-in dates are different. This means you can leave your stuff right inside, just like a storage unit. 

Never pay for packing supplies

This goes without saying: don’t ever spend money on a box you’re about to use once and then toss it out. Boxes can be found at almost any grocery store, behind the back. You might even find a fellow mover is getting rid of their boxes after a recent move.

Change your moving date

That’s right, this is the cheapest thing for any smart mover to do and yet, not everyone knows about it. There are actually moving ‘seasons’.The fall, winter, and spring are all common times of the year to move, while no one moves in the summer, so prices are cheaper. If you can change the date you move, it is also cheaper to move Monday through Thursday. 

Look for discounts

Right up there with changing your moving date, you might also be able to find discounts you never even knew were possible. All you have to do is look. 

Ship your stuff

Another way to save a dime or two is by shipping your belongings. USPS, Fed Ex- every major carrier offers this, and it can get your stuff there in no time at all, without having to load in onto the moving truck. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How much do movers charge per hour?

The moving companies you seek will give you different rates on their movers, truck, supplies, etc. Typically movers charge right around $25 an hour and work in teams of two.

How soon should I contact a professional moving company? 

As with most things in life, the sooner the better. Once you know you are going to move, the first thing you should do is begin researching and collecting estimates from moving companies.

Is an estimated binding? 

You’ll receive many estimates when searching for professional movers. The key is to look carefully if your estimate is binding or non-binding.

How long does it take to move? 

A standard four-bedroom house will typically take 7-8 hours to move, for professionals. If you’re doing it yourself, well— we all know how that goes.

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