You've decided to hire movers. What do you do now?
What’s the worst part about a new home? The move! But you’re an adult now; it’s time to stop banking on your friends and any acquaintance with a truck to help lug your furniture across town (and offering pizza and beer as compensation). There are scores of moving companies out there for hire to fit your needs and your budget.
If you are particularly lazy and have some extra cash to burn, a full service moving company is the way to go. Not only will they move all of your belongings from one house to the next, they will also take care of all the packing for you! Make sure to understand what’s included in the estimate and if there are any add-on charges like packing materials, gas, or mileage. And if you don’t want people looking at your every belonging, this options is probably not for you.
On the other end of the spectrum are hourly moving companies. This can be a good option to keep your expenses down, providing you have a small amount of items (two bedrooms or less) and are moving locally. If you go this route, make sure everything is packed, padded, taped up, and ready to go when the movers arrive because time is money! If your travel route is prone to traffic, try to arrange the move during off-peak hours so you don’t rack up charges sitting on the road.
Flat rate movers are recommended if you have more than a 2-bedroom house or if you are moving a long distance. Flat rate means you get one price to move all your items from one house to the next, regardless of how much time it takes. But beware of hidden fees! Make sure to inquire about all costs, including costs that may not be represented in the initial quote.
Get An In-Home Estimate
Whichever option you choose, always have a company representative come out to your home to give you an in-home estimate. This way they can see the amount and size of items you have and will be able to give you a more accurate assessment. And again, always ask about any additional fees. Sometimes there may be fees for moving certain types of items (like a grand piano) or providing certain services (like packing, or assembling furniture). The more details you can share about your move, the less likely it is that you will be blindsided by surprise charges.
To get an estimate of how much it will cost to move, check out this moving cost calculator where you can punch in your number of bedrooms, beginning and ending zip codes, move date, and more.
The best way to pick a moving company is a recommendation from a trusted source. Even still, you may want to call around to at least three different moving companies to compare rates and service options.
Don’t wait too long to schedule the moving company! If you know when you’re going to move, it’s a good idea to research moving companies and book one as soon as possible. Their schedule can fill up quickly, especially near the end of the month, so if you have a tight time frame you need to be sure to schedule early.