Moving is no small undertaking. It takes a lot of resources – time, planning, energy, and money. If you’re planning a move and the thought of packing up and hauling boxes and furniture in and out of your home to the new place gives you that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, you have probably grown out of the “do it yourself” moving phase of your life. So, if you’re wondering what it takes to hire a team of professional movers and what it will cost, here are some helpful tips.
Tip #1: Work with a Company That Has a Good Reputation.
You may be looking for the best deal, but first and foremost should be the company’s reputation for quality customer service and efficiency. Look for companies that have the best ratings first, then do cost comparisons next. In addition, you should ask for the company’s liability insurance information, as well as a valuation coverage policy so you can be sure that they are liable for the value of goods during transport. Moving companies should have no problem providing this information to you.
Tip #2: Get the Projected Amount of Time That They Expect to Have the Move Completed.
You should ask the moving company if they have an expected time frame on the move, from start to finish. This will not only help you estimate the cost, but it should also help you determine other details, including when you can start moving and getting items out of the old place and into the new one.
Tip #3: Get an Estimate on Price as Soon as Possible
Moving can get expensive. Whether it’s eating out for a week or more at a time while you get packed and unpacked, getting storage units to store your personal belongings, or hiring the moving company to do all of the labor, money is one of the biggest factors in a move. Once you start contacting companies for quotes, get a written estimate from each one to compare. These estimates should clearly describe the services that will be provided and should be as detailed as possible.
According to American Moving & Storage Association, movers usually bill based on the weight of your shipment, the distance that you move, and other services that you require. For instance, the AMSA shows the average cost of an interstate move is about $5,630, based on an average weight of 7,100 pounds and distance of 1,220 miles. The average intrastate move was $1,170, based on the same weight and a crew of four. (1) If you just need to hire movers for the labor part, they will oftentimes charge with an hourly rate. It’s important to note that prices will fluctuate according to where you live.
If you have questions about the cost of your move, call our team at Smooth Move People! We’re here to help in any way we can, and would be happy to outline our price structure, so you can get an idea of what your next move may cost.
- Glordullo, Staci. “How Much Does It Cost To Hire Movers?” Angie’s List. June 17, 2015. Accessed online June 8, 2016. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-hire-movers.htm