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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.
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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 …
235 Harwood DrSan Antonio, TX 78213
I had a pretty good experience with Best Price Movers. They called to let us know that they were running early (by about 2+ hours) and if we were ready, they'd come over and get started. They didn't start the time until they actually picked up a box. So, even though we weren't 100% ready when th…
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.
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.
I used Reliable Moving to move me from a 2000 sq ft house and I was extremly pleased with the entire process. First when I called to get a quote they were friendly and explained to me how they charge. I went by the hour on my move instead of a flat rate. I was a little leary going by the hour because I was afraid the movers would go at a snail's pace. I was impressed at how the men were so efficient and worked at a good steady pace the entire time. I even asked them to take a break and drink some water. Second I was impressed by how carefull they were with my furniture and my walls in the houses. The men allways communicated with each other when they were carrying something heavy or bulky. Third, I watched them load the truck and they covered everything with pads and stacked everything nice and neat so nothing would fall over. Fourth, when I went to pay for the move they charged me exactly like they said they would and the cost was actually less than what I was expecting to pay especially for how hard the men worked and how carefull they were. I would have no problem with recommending Reliable Moving to other people, they did an excellent job.
I used All Aboard Movers last February. We went from a 1st floor to a 2nd floor apartment. I initially called and worked with a Justin. He honored all he promised and the guys he sent were very nice, proficient and fast. They seemed to understand that they were on the clock with me and moved very quickly to ensure a quick and least expensive move possible. I forgot to write a review last year about them online. My friend who is moving next week asked me if I knew of anyone who could help her move and whom she could trust. I immediately jumped online and got the phone number and passed it on. If you are looking for movers who are fast, professional and quick, these are your guys. I have used 3 other moving companies in town who scratched my furniture, arrived late or goofed off when they showed up and then expected some big tip. Don't get scammed by a trailer and truck &amp;amp;amp;quot;moving&amp;amp;amp;quot; company, use All Aboard Movers. Thanks Justin again and I will be calling you when we buy a house next year!
My mother recently required assistance moving. Both my sister and I live out of town, we were looking for an efficient moving company, but one that would also take good care of our mom. All Aboard Movers did just that. Justin was very efficient scheduling and planning the move, he even rescheduled the day when weather threatened to be bad on the initial scheduled day. I was very appreciative of that, I did not need for my mom to get sick, moving is stressful enough. She told me the movers were very efficient, they took great care with all her belongings. She could see they were experienced professionals and felt she was in good hands. They even helped place her cat Blanca in the carrier; trust me, Blanca can be very ornery and not the friendliest of cats. They were extremely nice to do this. At the end of it all, my mom was so grateful, she gave both movers a big hug. Thank you All Aboard Movers for taking such good care of my Mom. I will refer you to everyone I know, Great Job!
First of all their crew arrived ahead of schedule which was a first for us, (due to a bad previous experience with another co. we were very nervous about the move.) We were assisting our disabled son with his relocation to his new home - GREAT EXPERIENCE. The movers were very curtious, helpful and fast. We stopped in several locations to p/u extra stuff out of storage and new items from a furniture store. The movers followed along p/u, delivered and set up everything just as we requested. They even picked up the packaging from new furniture and hauled it of to trash for us, without us asking. Also the cost was right on the money, no extra fees, etc. the horrors you read about. We picked them because co. had a insert in the name "Christian" and we were not disapointed, these men acted professionaly and used no foul language as matter of fact I found out that owner attends Cornerstone church, and it shows........ Would highly recommend this co. to anyone. Michelle
If you have anything of sentimental value to you call these guys. I have an heirloom piece - a double wide solid armoire over 100 yrs old - that has been in the family for years - I've had it moved before and went with another company for a cheaper price &amp;amp;amp;amp; it was damaged. It's true - you get what you pay for. After reading the reiews about these guys I called &amp;amp;amp;amp; spoke to Justin, I explained my situation to him &amp;amp;amp;amp; he was very helpful. He sent me two of the biggest guys I've ever seen who were well prepared and extremely curtious &amp;amp;amp;amp; professional. They didn't waste any time &amp;amp;amp;amp; took EXTREMELY good care of my armoire. I just can't say enought good things about these guys. I will definately recommend them to anybody who is moving or who wants their things to be handled with a little TLC. Thanks guys - I owe you BIG :)
I would recomend this company to anyone who is moving a office, a house, or anyone who needs supplies for moving. These guys did an excellent job moving our office. We have a small headquaters for clearwater transportation here in San Antonio. Our lease was up for the office and we called some movers for estimates. Benjaimin from Alpha Omega came out to survey the office. By the time he left he had assured us that his company could handle the job in one day and for a fair price.(lower than the other estimates). He also supplied us with boxes and materials at a great price so we could pack the office. The day of the move two trucks and five very hard working professional movers took care of every little detail at a quick pace. Before we knew it we were all moved in and functioning at our new office. Thanks to all the guys for the professionalism and hard work. Adam, Bruce, and Chris were great!!
I have used Half Price Movers 3 different times, many years apart. I moved 11 years ago and had a lot of medical equipment that was very fragile among my entire house. A few years after that we moved my grandfather. Two weeks ago we moved my parents, who has a lot of antique furniture, antique china, and lots of fragile items. Each time the workers were on time, if not a little early, extremely careful with everything, and most of all, these men were so courteous to me, my grandfather, and my parents. They went above and beyond to make sure nothing got broken, wrapping all the furniture so nothing would even have the smallest mark on it. My parents are retired military and this was their 22nd move. They told the men they have never experienced such friendly, courteous, and careful movers in all the moves they have had. I have recommended Half Price Movers to everyone who is need of a moving company.
Great Job! I have moved twice in the past year and I have used All Aboard Movers both times. Last summer I moved from an apartment to a rental house. I called many local moving companies and decided on All Aboard Movers. They were very upfront about their hourly rate and their travel fee. However, because they quoted me the lowest price I was a little nervous. They arrived on time, were extremely respectful of my items, and took special care with the hardwood floors in the rental home. None of my items were damaged, nothing was missing after the move, and they worked very hard the entire time they were on the clock. Because of their professionalism I decided to use them again this week when I moved into a new home. I am very happy with the service I receive from All Aboard Movers. James and Leo were very polite and professional. I don't plan to move again soon, but I'll call them if I do!
I have to say I was skeptical at first in hiring movers because I have heard horror stories about what happens, but I have to say that I would use A & B Movers again and refer them to all my friends and co-workers. From the time I called to inquire about their prices to the completion of my move my family and I were treated with great respect from the office personal to their excellent professional movers. We were in ah of how our furniture was treated with great care; they also put the items in the places we asked. The movers were very professional, courteous, friendly and respectful, and that goes for the personal that work in their office who actually gave me all the information on how the process of my move would be handled, their prices were also the most reasonable here in San Antonio. If we ever need movers again we will definitely give them a call.
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.