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Moving takes a lot of planning, and that includes knowing what your moving rights are. Read on to find more about your moving rights and what you can do to prepare.
20935 US Highway 281 NSan Antonio, TX 78258
Great, great service. The office staff was very friendly. They completely accomidated us with our move time. The movers were very respectful of my wife and I. They got the job done within the estimate, how often does that happen! At the end, they offered to rearrange furniture or anything e…
7491 Grissom RdSan Antonio, TX 78251
From Business: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers you a full line of home moving and home packing services in San Antonio and across Southern Texas. Our goal is to exceed your expectations by customizing our moving services to your specific needs. So, whether you’re moving across San Antonio, across Texas, or even across the country, we’re the …
5411 Interstate 10 ESan Antonio, TX 78219
From Business: Remodeling your home and need a place to store your furniture or excess household items? Putting your home up for sale? A PODS container can provide you with a secure storage option to store extra belongings so you can renovate or stage your home with ease! PODS containers are not only affordable, they are convenient. You …
4500 NE Loop 410 Ste 180San Antonio, TX 78218
From Business: When you think of Bekins, you think, "This is moving." For more than 120 years, families like yours have trusted Bekins Van Lines to move them across the street, across the country or around the world. Bekins has the experience and expertise you need to get you to your new destination smoothly and efficiently. New home, ne…
10725 N Interstate 35San Antonio, TX 78233
From Business: Your Premier San Antonio Movers. Top-Notch Moving in San Antonio with All My Sons San Antonio Moving Company. All My Sons Moving & Storage, San Antonio is the source for all of your moving and storage needs. Our family-owned San Antonio moving company has been managing moves like yours for over four generations, and we are…
1113 E Houston StSan Antonio, TX 78205
From Business: We move your life. Call TODAY for a FREE, no obligation estimate! No time to call? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or Pinterest.
15279 Bulverde RdSan Antonio, TX 78247
This is our second move with Budget Movers out of San Antonio. Initially we moved to a larger house by UTSA for work reasons but turns out we liked our old place by Trinity more so we moved back last month. Both times we used Budget movers and each time they surpassed our expectations. I am no…
San Antonio, TX 78224
We just moved to our new place with the Almighty Movers. I found out about them on Yellow Pages, and I thought someone else can do the same. They are professionals, their prices are reasonable, they can give you a flat rate (this is what I did), and they are very careful. They loaded the truck, …
Pompano Beach, FL 33065
From Business: International Van Lines was established in 2000 with headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. International Van Lines is licensed by the FMC (Federal Maritime Commissi…
Serving the San Antonio Area.
They were prompt and quick. Nothing was a challenge for them. My wife and I needed to move cross country very urgently and could not get a mover to …
1510 Cornerway Blvd Ste 113San Antonio, TX 78219
From Business: As movers since 1914, Coleman Allied has an expertise in transportation and storage services that is unequaled by other moving companies. At Coleman Allied we coordinate local, long distance and international moves that incorporate all the necessary moving services to best serve your individual move. In addition, we offer …
24110 Range WaterSan Antonio, TX 78261
When my father passed away i had to look for a company to help move my mother and all of their belongings. I spent several days searching company after company and got all of the run around things that come with it. NexMove just felt right. They were caring, professional and looked out for what…
383 Fm 2093San Antonio, TX 78264
From Business: Move It Self Storage is one of the most respected top operators in the industry, known for serving customers with excellence, developing employees with care, and managing facilities with diligence. Our entire team is committed to providing a convenient, secure, and wholesome storage experience for our customers. We are rea…
Moving takes a lot of planning, and that includes knowing what your moving rights are. Read on to find more about your moving rights and what you can do to prepare.
Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
Awesome is what I have to say about them. Okay, I never write a review but felt I had to here. I am really hard to impress overall, I was leery about just opening yellowpages.com and picking a random mover, especially with all that could go wrong. When my scheduled mover blew me off yesterday, Saturday, I called Almighty Movers to see if they could help me out today, Sunday. They quoted me over the phone and scheduled me. The next morning they were clear in their communication with me as to when they would be arriving and when they were stuck in traffic, called to let me know. Two great guys showed up and introduced themselves. Very polite, very professional. Then they got to work. After about 20 minutes of watching I knew I didn't need to follow them around all day, they knew what they were doing and they did it. I just tried to stay out of their way. There was no goofing off or milking the clock or horsing around. They worked hard, they were careful and detailed about moving the larger items of furniture as well as the boxes of dishes and breakables. Wow, I am beyond impressed!My apartment was on the second floor, so stairs were the nemesis and I had a TON of boxes. I never heard complaining, I never heard a gripe, I never saw them bump walls or doors, they just did it. This started out to be the move from hell, but Almighty Movers came through in a huge way with NO drama. Thank you SO much, I will refer you to anyone I know AND I will call you the first time when I need you again. You have my loyalty.
As a woman, having trustworthy movers is even more important because I don’t want to feel uneasy with strange men in my home. All of the 4 movers, that were on our moving crew, were the most amazing guys. Lone Star Movers were all extremely friendly, trustworthy and spoke perfect English. Even though my husband was with me during the move, I would have felt 100% okay if I were alone with any of the guys on the moving crew. This was important to me since I have had dodgy movers in the past and I was so happy with the professionalism, trustworthiness and friendliness of all of the guys at Lone Star Movers. Also, when we were done unpacking, the manager of the company came back out to our new home and collected all of the packing supplies that we had used. This was excellent because this way we did not have to find a way to dispose of them. The move itself was perfect: The moving crew showed up right on time and got straight to work. They were extremely speedy and this move was very quick which made us happy since we paid by the hour. We have had bad experiences in the past when paying by the hour that the guys would take a lot of breaks to draw out the move in order to make us pay more but there was none of that with Lone Star Movers Moving Company! They were very quick and drove straight to our new address and unloaded even quicker than they had packed everything up! The driver of the van knew San Antonio very well and he found our new home perfectly!
As someone who has moved their home and their business a multitude of times, I want to share my gratitude and appreciation by recommending a dependable moving service called Reliable Delivery & Moving. Over the years I decided that using a professional company is the best, most efficient method. To my knowledge I have used Reliable Delivery & Moivng on at least seven to ten occasions, for two homes, three businesses, and five other miscellaneous moves. The moves have included personal belongs such as big screes TV's, new furniture, fountains which were never damaged. Their name explains exactly who they are, no delays, damage, or problems of any kind. For every move they have notified and followed up on the time and day of the move. The delivery men called when they were on their way to let me know their ETA. The men were always pleasant and curteous. In fact they go over and above what is expected. In short I would recommend Reliable Delivery & Moving to anyone interested in their services. Their prices are reasonable and the few times that I needed something on short notice, they were easy to work with and tried to accommodate my needs without hesitation. They were able to handle large or small jobs in a timely manner. I highly recommend them.
Every move is different, so it's vital to choose a moving company that's right for you. The first consideration you should make when hiring these professionals is how far you're moving.
Depending on the moving company, local moves are typically anywhere between one and 100 miles within the same state. Local moves are less complicated to plan, both for you and the movers you decide to hire. They're typically priced based on how much you need to move, how many movers the company plans to provide and how long the job is estimated to take.
Long-Distance and Interstate Moves
Even if you're staying in the same state, you may still technically be planning a long-distance move - though the exact mileage varies by moving company, these are typically moves that are more than 50 to 100 miles long or across state or country lines. In fact, even if you're moving within the same state but you have to go through another state or country first, it's likely considered an interstate move, rather than a local one. That's because the movers are technically transferring items between state lines, which means they'll be responsible for having the correct licensing and insurance in place.
Long-distance moves are much more complicated to plan, typically requiring you to pay numerous extra expenses for everything from shipping items to renting storage space.
Are you making a big move and trying to figure out exactly how much you should plan to spend? Or are you on a tight budget and looking to hire a mover who can keep costs low? Either way, it's important to understand how exactly moving companies charge their customers.
As mentioned above, for local moves, companies will charge based on the number of movers they provide and the amount of time they'll need to spend on the project. Generally, the more rooms in your apartment or house, the more movers and time you can expect to be charged for. The price of long-distance or interstate moves, on the other hand, will be based on the amount of belongings you have - and more specifically the weight of those belongings. The heavier the boxes or items you're shipping across state or country lines, the more expensive your move will be.
Moving costs will vary greatly, depending on where you are. Local moves in a small town in the Midwest will be much less expensive than comparable moves in New York City. For that reason, it's best to do some research about the going rates in your area.
No matter what type of move you're making, you can reach out to prospective moving companies for estimates - this is the best way to determine how expensive your move will be based on where you live and what services you're looking for. Typically, the moving company will send someone to your home who will do a walk through of each room, making note of the furniture, valuables and other belongings in each one. Then, he or she will provide an estimate. The exact amount you pay may, however, be different from the amount declared in the estimate. That's where the type of contract comes in.
Nonbinding vs. Binding Contracts
For any move, a company will ask you to sign a contract. It's crucial to know exactly what type of contract you're signing, though, to understand how much you can expect to pay. In basic terms, there are two types of moving contracts: binding and nonbinding. Binding, as well as binding not-to-exceed, contracts are the most preferable for people hiring movers. These list an estimated price the moving company cannot charge more than. So, even if your local move takes an hour longer or your belongings are heavier than expected for an interstate move, you're still only responsible for paying a fixed amount.
Nonbinding contracts, on the other hand, have no fixed final number. Instead, they list a rate - by the hour or by the pound/kilo - and you're responsible for paying exactly how much your move costs in those terms.
Keep in mind that movers provide a variety of services, many of which you may not require. These can affect how expensive your move will be. For example, a full-service move that includes packing and unpacking will be pricier than a local move that only includes loading the truck, driving it to the new home and unloading it.
For any move, there may be extra costs beyond the typical services offered. If you're asking your movers to transport large, hard-to-move items, like pianos, for instance, you'll likely pay an extra fee. Likewise, if your apartment building doesn't have an elevator or the truck has to be parked far from your home, you may be charged extra. Ask about these potential expenses when signing your contract.
Don't rush through the process of hiring a moving company. Make sure the movers you hire are dependable, reputable and the right fit for your needs.
Look for Reviews and Recommendations
When hiring movers, it's a good idea to both look at reviews online and ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Personal endorsements will go a long way toward helping you determine whether you can expect the company to do a quick and professional job.
Choose Top Candidates
As you're vetting candidates through reviews and recommendations, narrow your selection to three or four top options. Make sure the companies offer the type of move you're looking for, whether it's interstate or local. These three or four companies are who you'll contact for estimates.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After receiving estimates, you'll have a better idea which companies are within your budget. However, this isn't the only factor you should use when choosing movers, especially for more complicated jobs. In fact, you may be willing to pay a little more to hire quality movers who can ensure the safety of your belongings. Don't be afraid to call these companies and ask questions.
During the hiring process, you want to make sure of three things: First, that the moving company is reputable and has the proper licensing and insurance. Second, that the movers are dependable, professional and committed to doing the job correctly. Finally, that the estimate provided is binding and that you're aware of any potential excess costs. With these factors in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask a moving company:
As with any service profession, there are certain moving companies - though they are few and far between - that aren't reputable or that will try to take advantage of you. It's important to be able to recognize a scam if you come across one.
Call the FMCSA
For long-distance or interstate moves, you can easily check that companies have the proper licensing and insurance, which is a clear indication that they're legitimate. All interstate moving companies must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, so call 888-368-7238 to confirm the licenses, insurance and credentials of the movers you're considering. The FMCSA can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against a particular moving company.
Check with the American Moving and Storage Association
For both local and long-distance moving companies, AMSA is another good place to check out a company's legitimacy. Moving companies aren't required to be an AMSA member, but the ones that are have committed to the association's rules and regulations, which protect both the companies and the consumers hiring them. If a company isn't an AMSA member, that doesn't mean it isn't reputable, but an AMSA membership is a clear indication of legitimacy.
One of the most common fears people face when moving to a new home is that something they own will be lost or damaged in the process. While no company will be able to guarantee everything arrives safely, there are steps you can take to make damage less likely.
Pack and Transport Your Valuables
If you have items that are emotionally or financially valuable to you, do your best to pack and move them yourself. Keep jewelry, expensive artwork, inherited valuables and even costly electronics in your own car - that way you'll have complete control over their safety at all times.
Choose a Moving Company That Plans Ahead
Moving companies can better keep your belongings safe when the movers plan ahead. What does this mean? Many companies take extra time to measure doorways, halls and stairways to find the safest route in and out of your home. They should also provide furniture blankets, covers and moving pads to keep both your home and your belongings free of scratches or other damage.
Keep the Moving Area Safe
There are some things you can control on moving day and some things you simply can't, such as the weather. If you're moving on a snowy, icy or rainy day, keeping all of your paths, stairways and walkways clear and dry is crucial. This can help protect both the movers and the large items they're carrying to and from the truck.
The subject of tipping is relatively unclear when it comes to movers. However, there is a general rule of thumb that most people in the industry agree on: Tip your movers if they've done a good job and you think a tip is warranted.
Generally, a 5 percent tip is considered appropriate, though some people recommend paying $20 per day, per mover for basic, local moves. However, almost everyone agrees you should first do a quick walk-through of your home to check for any damage to your furniture or belongings and to make sure everything is where you'd like it to be.
If you do decide to give a tip, divide it evenly and give money to each individual, rather than giving the entire sum to the head mover and expecting it to be doled out equally. One type of tip to avoid: alcohol. It's usually illegal for movers to have bottles of alcohol in the truck or van, so tipping a bottle of wine or liquor could get them into trouble.