Best Moving Checklist and Tips »
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.
535 Cypress Tree CtOrlando, FL 32825
What a fantastic experience! Fast, professional, affordable service. Between personal moves and professional equipment placement, I have used almost…
2002 Directors RowOrlando, FL 32809
From Business: Central Moving & Storage was founded and incorporated in October 1985 by James Fontaine and offers services for residential, commercial, international moves and s…
3600 Parkway Center CtOrlando, FL 32808
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, …
Serving the Orlando Area
From Business: “Creative Office Environments has emerged as the best office furniture, workstation and systems movers and installers in Central Florida. Our experienced employee…
1201 Upsala RdSanford, FL 32771
From Business: Moving can be an exciting yet stressful experience, and finding the right professionals to take care of your moving needs is crucial. D.C. Moore & Son Inc. has fu…
5950 Interstate North Pkwy Ste 130-bAtlanta, GA 30328
They were great both times we used them. Once for our home and once for an event. Piano Movers were prompt and extremely careful. The guys didn’t co…
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.
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.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
Fast, friendly, professional team of movers. I highly recommend Affordable Moving & Delivery to anyone seeking an honest, trustworthy and dependable mover.
Move Us Again Moving Services is a life saver! All of my friends bailed on me on the day of my move go figures. Restored my faith in moving companies. Just moved yesterday and was dreading it given our last experience with a different moving company. They were on time, very quick but careful, very polite I may add. I would highly recommend using Move Us Again moving service.
I've moved several times, across different states, from Florida to TN and most recently just across Nashville. I've hired a moving company each time, and this was by far the best moving experience I've had. It was also the one I did the least to prepare for; when you're 35 weeks pregnant and moving in the middle of the summer, the amount of pre-packing and preparation you can do on your own is minimal! We scheduled to have our house packed on a Tuesday, and then moved on Wednesday. Both days went very smoothly. On Tuesday, 2 men showed up on time to pack us up. They were polite and pleasant and also worked very efficiently. We have a lot of books. I mean, a lot. The subjects range from medical textbooks to comic books to our 2-year old's . They labeled everything well so we knew where to find certain subjects. We also have an extensive array of kitchen ware. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they were done wrapping and packing everything. On Wednesday, they came back (again, right on time) to load up the truck. They had us loaded and unloaded quickly and were very good about making sure I was happy with the placement of everything. They didn't complain when I changed my mind about where I wanted furniture arranged (previous movers had complained when I asked them to move desks and furniture around the room). These guys worked hard, and they worked well. They did not waste any time at all! One of the things I was most impressed with was discovered after they left. Nothing was broken. I've never had a move where nothing was broken. They were absolutely worth every penny I paid them and I have already recommended them to some of my co-workers who are also planning cross-town moves. Moving while hugely pregnant in the middle of the summer is a set up for a painful, painful experience. Instead, it's been the best move I've ever made. Great job, y'all.
We incurred damages during the move with 4FriendsMovers in Orlando. We followed the guidelines and submitted our claim. it has been well over 60 days (they say 30-60 days for a claim ) almost 90 days and we have had no reply to our emails (3) or our phone calls (4).Very unprofessional and we will make sure we let people know to never use this moving company. You call a call center and you will never get a name of a manager or supervisor to research your claim. Very shady.
First of all, I called Move Us Again on Wednesday and asked them for a move on Sunday. They were super accommodating. Then Rita came out to give us a free quote. I wasn’t there but my wife was. My wife was late to their meeting and Rita was so nice and waited for her. Once inside she was very knowledgeable and gave an estimated time of 3 to 5 hours depending on what we wanted to move. Originally we were just going to have them move the biggest items which would have been 3 hours or if on moving day we wanted them to take more it would probably be 5 hours. She gave us both prices up front so we knew what to expect. We went ahead and scheduled it. On moving day, I received a call that they were on their way and right on time. When they showed up, I met Juan, Matt, and Franky. These are three of the nicest young men you would ever want to meet. I signed some paperwork with Juan and they got right to work. They were extremely professional and took great care with everything they packed in the truck. They wrapped all the furniture so well that there were absolutely no worries about the trip to the new house. Aside from that they were just so polite the entire time, and were happy to move things right where we asked. They disassembled some things at the old house and were happy to reassemble them at the new one. And yes, we did have them take more than just the big items on moving day. We ended up at just barely over five hours, just as Rita had predicted. The bottom line is, moving is a pain in the neck. Rita, Juan, Matt and Franky just made it so much easier. I highly recommend Move Us Again Moving Services. and I’ll use them again. Ask for these guys by name. You won’t regret it.
The best moving company ever! Last Monday we moved from The Vineyards at Hammock Ridge to Heritage Hills! My wife Tere Pizarro asked for your services and was very happy and extremely satisfied since they moved the furniture, TV, boxes, files with order and extreme care and the 2 guys were friendly, careful and have Excellent Customer services! We will recommend this company without hesitation! They are the best in Florida and the rest of the world! We give thanks to God for giving us the opportunity and pleasure of dealing with this professionals in the difficult process of moving into a home! Life is good!
Outstanding workers and fast and there careful at the same time.I recommend using them for move. move us again
Move us again went above and beyond what we paid them to do.very knowledgeable and organized movers. We will definitely used them again.
we used move us again twice now and both time they delivered on excellence service with speed and confidents.
move us again is one of the best moving company we've used in a very long time. great service. fast movers that knows what there doing. I recommend using this moving company
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.