Moving locally may not require quite as much preparation, or be quite as stressful as moving long-distance, yet how ever far you’re moving you still have a huge upheaval to live through and local moving companies are there to help you.
It’s not how far or near the place. You will still make the necessary arrangements and preparations. The only difference is the distance.
After all, you will entrust your belongings in the hands of strangers, so you need to, at least, make sure they are experienced professional movers. So, the best way to establish if a moving company will take good care of your belongings, during the moving process, is to ask the right questions, at the right time. The right time is always before hiring them. This will help you save time and money! 1. Does your company have the necessary licenses?This is a common sense question and the first to ask any moving company you’re considering to hire for your move. Professional moving companies usually mention their licenses on their website and, if you visit their location, you will be able to see their certificates on various walls. However, if you don’t have access to evidence that they are licensed, you should ask a representative of the company about this during your first conversation with them. Any professional moving company has to be a member of the American Mover and Storage Association, which guarantees that their company respects the necessary federal laws, as well as of the Better Business Bureau, a membership that proves their reliability. A moving company that offers cross country moving services has to have an USDOT number issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can easily check for this number online and see if the company has the USDOT. 2. What services do you offer?It’s important to know all the services that a moving company offers. The smaller moving companies might not have the necessary equipment to move voluminous or heavy items, such as pianos or pieces of furniture that can’t be disassembled. Some companies may provide disassembling and assembling services, which are useful if you have a lot of furniture to move to a different location. There are moving companies that also offer packing and unpacking services, very helpful for all types of moves, but these are usually available for extra cost. It’s important to know all the services the moving company is offering, whether we’re talking about packing and unpacking, disassembling and assembling, loading and unloading and so on. This way you can be sure you will get all the services you need for a successful and stress-free move. 3. Do you have an arbitration program?An arbitration program is very useful in case the customers raise claims against moving companies and these can’t be settle amicably. Instead of going to court and wasting a lot of time and money, the arbitration company that collaborates with the moving company will give you access to an easy and fast way to settle the dispute. An arbitration company is also very useful for the moving company because they will help them respect all the rules and regulations imposed by the FMCSA. The FMCSA actually require the moving companies to have an arbitration program in place. 4. Do you give written estimates?Some moving companies give estimates regarding moving costs by phone or email. However, you need to know that this is never enough! If you want to make sure you know the exact price you’re going to pay for the move, you need to request a written estimate which won’t have to exceed the price you’ve discussed initially. If you have a written estimate, your move will be protected by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which means that you won’t have to pay more than 25% over your estimate. The best way to get a correct estimate is to make sure you give the movers accurate information about the move, such as the distance the moving trucks will have to cross to get to the destination, as well as the number of men and trucks you need. It will also help to know what payment methods they accept and how much will extra services cost. 5. How will you be handling my items?It’s very important to know how the movers will handle your items, especially if you have antique pieces of furniture or other valuable belongings. The movers will also have to protect the interior of both your former and new home when moving your things. They should use all types of accessories to protect the floors, walls, corners and door frames, like moving blankets, carpet films, corner guards, and foam. The moving company should work only with experienced movers, who really know what they are doing and how to bring everything in one piece to the destination. It’s useful for the movers to come in advance and measure doorways, turns, elevators and stairways, so they can be prepared for the moving process.
Everyone does remember the time they last moved; all the hours of sweating it out, trying to pack and then again unpack. Were you able to find the right boxes that suited your need and if the move was some place out of town or the other side of the country; you just cannot imagine the hardships. Moving is no joke and it becomes tedious especially if you have a large family or/and pets. Everyone moves sometime or the other for reasons best known to them; some move for private reasons like a marriage or a live-in arrangement, sometimes it is a crisis or maybe even a death in the family. Whatever is the reason for all of us who dread the thought of moving from one place to the other; the only saving grace is movers who can give you peace of mind and help make your transition much easier.
So what are the ways to get affordable movers?
The internet and the local phone book are swarming with details regarding movers and companies who help you in moving and finding an affordable one can be relatively simple since you have a choice.
1. Movers or moving companies are of two types; one is a flat rate mover and the other type charges by the hour.
2. There are some movers who charge flat rate and by the hour so make sure you find out these details before getting them over to assist you in moving.
3. To make a choice between flat rate mover and an hourly basis mover depends on how far you have to move.
4. If you need to re-locate to a location that is cross-country a flat rate mover is the best option for you. Nevertheless, make sure that you get more than one quote to decide which is affordable for you.
5. When looking for a list of affordable movers remember to get the detailed list of services they provide.
6. It is wise to ask the movers or moving companies whether they would be bringing in everything to help you move or would you have to fend for the boxes, tapes and other packing paraphernalia yourself.
7. If someone in your neighborhood has moved in recently, you can get details of the movers from them and check if it suits your budget and your requirements.
8. Probing can help you decide if the affordable mover that you have confirmed has a good track record. You can get details of his previous dealings from the BBB.
9. DOT requires that your mover has a worker's compensation insurance, find out if your mover has one.
10. Last but not the least; get references. Call previous customers of the movers to make sure you are dealing with a genuine company.