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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.
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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.
My husband got a new job up north and we had to move. We have three little kids and a teenage daughter, you can imagine how much toys, wardrobe and random clutter we have. There was no way I packed all that myself! I told my husband that I will be needing help, he said he will look into it. And then a good friend of ours recommended to call Packing Bees as he used they services just recently and was extremely satisfied. We trust our friend so we called their number 619-892-7836 that same day to get a quote. Dmytro picked up the phone. He was very polite and professional, he asked me a lot of relevant questions to get an idea of what we expected from their company. Then he offered to come by for a free in-house estimate, that sounded great so we agreed to meet up the next day. The next day Dmytro called to confirm is we still wanted him to come. I said of course haha ) he showed up 15 minutes early, introduced himself and asked to show him around. On his face I read he was a little shocked of how much stuff we managed to fit in our three bedroom house. He gave us very affordable hourly rate that included all the boxes and other materials they use. He said we could buy our own boxes but I said no thanks, bring yours haha. On the packing day Dmytro brought two other employees, one of them was a female, I thought it was very nice. Lauren is a kitchen pro! She is funny and respectful. Dmytro and Nathan worked on the rest of the house. They worked for 8 hours with one lunch break. Next day when my husband brought the truck Dmytro came with two other guys to help us load everything. They were done in under 6 hours. They packed everything very well, it was obvious that they were professionals. I wish we could bring Packing Bees with us to help us unload and unpack thank you bees! Two thumbs up!
Huge thank you to Move Central! This company is great! We had a big move of our home and home office and I was very skeptical about who we could trust to help us. I called several moving companies and felt uneasy with my experience over the phone until I spoke with Stan at Move Central - he was such a professional and knew all of the right questions to ask. I immediately felt comfortable with his ability to plan and schedule our move. The real test came on moving day and I was thrilled to see that the movers arrived on time and prepared for a long day of hard work. These guys were amazing - they handled every challenge we had efficiently, safely and without complaining. We had a piano, appliances and an entire home business to move and they figured out the best way to manage it all. They took care of the whole moving headache for me so that I could worry about other things. I have had bad experiences with movers in the past and never thought that moving could be a good experience but Stan and Move Central proved me wrong. I love these guys and I will continue to recommend them to anyone I know who is moving. Don't risk a bad experience with another company - you will not be disappointed with Move Central!!
This company is the best long distance moving company that I have ever used. Their service is spectacular. Not only were they friendly, their services are very prompt and timely. It was definitely worth the money and made my relocation from California to Texas a whole lot easier. The best thing about it is that this company was able to move my personal belongings much quicker then I expected, especially when you consider that I had so much stuff to move. I was worried initially because I was unsure how I was able to get all my belongings across the country. That was when I picked up the phone and called this company to see if they could possibly assist me in my transition of moving to a new home. They were able to provide me with an estimated time of arrival of when my belongings will be delivered, which was very helpful since it gave me time to plan ahead for getting settled in my new home. The movers provided the man power to move all my heavy items that I never could move by myself. I am thankful for this company for providing me with excellent service and would recommend them to anyone needing a long distance.
I used Dominant Moving for a local move of my 3 bedroom apartment from Del Mar to Hillcrest. Moving crew of 3 strong guys, uniformed in nice blue t-shirts, arrived on time. Truck was big and clean inside and outside. Movers spend about 5.5 hours to move my apartment. They took a lunch break but excluded it from the bill. (Both locations were 2nd floor with the stairs). They worked pretty fast and professional, wrapping each piece of furniture. There were absolutely NO DAMAGES after. They disassemble and put back together my beds. Movers were very courteous and really cared about my furniture. Customer service was very friendly and easy to communicate with, they took care of all my concerns. Their rates were very fair and better than other companies and final price did not exceed the quoted price. This is a real professional moving company, they are licensed and insured. I spent a little over $500 and tipped movers $30 each (they deserved every dollar). Very happy with the service, already recommended to my friends.
I have moved long distance many times both in the military, and for business. None of the companies I used in the past really impressed me which is why I went searching for a new mover. After much research and conversations I settled with Best Rate Movers. My decision was based on reviews I read online as well as my conversation with my sales rep, Karen. We came up with a plan to move the items I was bringing with me and agreed upon a price. The price was said to be guaranteed based on my inventory of items we went over yet I was still somewhat skeptical. The crew, led by Marco arrived when they said they would and I must say they did a fantastic and very efficient job. My delivery came earlier than expected and upon my inspection I noticed that there were no damages at all. In addition, the price did not change from the original quote Karen and I went over. I think I have finally found a mover that I would definitely use again as well as recommend to friends and family. Thanks so much guys!
I found cube moving and storage on Yelp. They had hundreds good recommendations and I've decided to give them a try. I had 2 bedroom condo with loft to move. James recommended to go with 3 men crew ( because it was 2 level townhome ) in order to make it faster and more efficient. Moving appointment was set at 8-9 am , but movers arrived at 8am sharp . After signing the contract they immediately started working. 2 and a half hours later everything was inside of their huge van . I moved only few miles away in Mission valley , San Diego . New house is 2story also . Guys delivered all the furniture without any scratches , Set up my beds and places boxes where they belong to . Everything was done in 5 and a half hours ( very impressive in compare with company I've used last time ). Movers were very polite and friendly , always asking where I want the furniture to be placed . Thumbs up. Thank you Cube movers .
Best Rate Movers packed my 4 bedroom house and loaded everything onto their moving trailers. Sonia was our moving consultant and made sure that I understood everything and answered all my questions in advance. She called before the move to make sure that our experience went as planned and without problems. She was excellent and represented the company very well. The company custom-built two crates for our flat screen TVs. The TVs were not harmed during the move and work perfectly well. The lady packers arrived at the appointed time, looked over what was to be done, and began wrapping and packing. They did a wonderful job. We had NO breakage, not even one wine glass. The loaders arrived and began loading the trailers better than we ever would have been able to do. Our belongings arrived damage free. Thanks!
I am not one for Internet reviews, however my word is important to me and I gave my word to this company's employee that if all went well I would put the word out. I contracted these folks through a moving service on line. I was very hesitant about the entire process. When the young men showed up at my house I was a bit concerned being I had never moved with a mover. Been in Arizona for over 12 years now. The men were polite, professional and worked very hard. After all was said and done, I did have to pay more for packing of some antiques. Which was ok since they are worth more than the packing charge. I received my possessions yesterday and the delivery went smoothly although took several hours. My antiques are intact and I am relieved to be settling into my new home. Thank you again for a great job!
I was so scared to have anyone move me because the last time I moved the company I used was late, overcharged me (I didn't know till later) and broke several items and gave me the excuse, 'It happens.' I checked out the website and then called the company and let them know what I needed. They were always really polite and answered all of my questions. When I asked about specific details of the moving process I was very pleased that what I was told actually happened. I had to be moved quick because I was starting a new job. I would tell everyone I could to use this place. The are amazing. They have the best customer service I have ever seen. When the workers came to move me they were all very polite, nice in their presentation and super careful of my items. You cannot go wrong using this company!
While the workers did a good job and worked hard, I feel like I was gouged with extra fees. I had a bid to move a 2.5 bedroom condo and storage unit. They insisted it could be done with 4 men in one day. By noon they sent a second truck with two more men. Ok... they should have come to do an in house estimate. But then they couldn't finish in one day so they charged me $400 to keep my stuff in their trucks overnight. The next day they also added $230 for driving time back to the shop that night before. Seems like they messed up in the quarter and made me pay for storage and an extra hour of drive time when they had to go back to the shop anyway. ... watch out for the extra charges. I thought I was going to pay about $2200. I ended up over $4000 to move 6 blocks.
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.