The first thing that comes to the mind of many when they hear “moving” is expensive and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, there are a lot of things that could go wrong. However, if you find a reliable moving company I dare say you can have a stress-free move! And if you follow tips from professional movers and these tips on how to find the best moving rates you can even have a cheap one.
Making sure it’s not a fraud
The thing that should be first on your priority list is to ensure that the moving company you’re interested in is not a fraudulent one. There are plenty of ways to do that. The safest ones are to look up that particular company on the Better Business Bureau’s website or the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
Every reliable moving company should be a member of the Better Business Bureau. And if it is a member you can find reports and complaints against the company on the Better Business Bureau. Whereas on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website you can find out if a moving company has a DOT number. And every moving company that offers interstate moves and all moving companies in some states must have one.
Make your top 10 list
After you’ve made sure that potential moving companies are not a scam and you’ve done everything you can to make sure not to get ripped off make a top 10 list. Use reviews and customer references while making this list. After you’ve made the list set up a date when you want the company’s representative to come and make an estimate. Be aware that all the best and the most reputable companies will do an estimate for free.
You should also be aware of that different kind of estimates exist. You can get a binding and non-binding estimate. The difference is that a non-binding estimate is a rough price whereas a binding estimate gives you fixed prices that you can lower before you sign your moving contract.
The things you can do to get the best moving rates
There are a lot of simple things you can do to lower the price and get the best moving price. Before negotiating for the final price you can negotiate about the services that you want or don’t want. Ask them to give you a list of all the services that they’ll charge you for. I’m telling you this because we sometimes take for granted that they’ll do something for free, like loading the truck. So when you have the list of the moving rates see if there’s something you can do yourself and save some money. And if there is make sure that they get it off from the contract before you sign it.
Get packing materials for free
This is probably the easiest thing you can take care of yourself. All moving companies will charge you for using their packing material. So if you want to get the best moving rates, acquire packing materials yourself. You can start by asking your local supermarkets, factories, pharmacies, etc. for it. Make sure that you ask them for it a few weeks before you need to pack up your things. This way they’ll have enough time to leave aside only high-quality packing material. And don’t worry about dealing with all those boxes after you’ve moved. Follow these tips to reuse leftover packing materials. That way you will get your money’s worth!
Plan your moving window ahead
The moving window is just another thing that impacts the cost of relocation. So if you want the best moving rates, try relocating in the off-peak season. Moving companies are the busiest in summer, at the beginning and the end of the month and on weekends. So if you set up your moving window any other time you’ll have more chance to get the best moving rates. Also, you can negotiate with movers more successfully because it’s in their interest to have more customers during the off-peak season.
Pack yourself to get the best moving rates!
If you have that list of the moving rates in front of you, you’ll see that they’ll charge you for packing. And that means that they’ll charge you for packing both bulky furniture and small things. So in order to get the best moving price pack everything you can yourself. Why pay someone to pack your clothes, for example, or your books, plates, and cups. Those small things are the things you can easily pack yourself using that packing material you’ve got for free. This way movers will not only spend fewer hours working (which means you’ll pay less), but you won’t be paying them for packing your stuff. Also, this is a great way to make sure no one touches your valuable or private things. So pack your art collection yourself to be sure that nothing happens to it.
Assemble and disassemble all the furniture you can
Another thing that will help you stay on your budget is that you assemble and disassemble all the furniture yourself. It may seem like a hard thing to do but it’s really not. Just find instruction manuals that you should’ve gotten when you’ve bought furniture and follow the steps you’ll find in them. Get your friends or family to help you and it may even be fun! And it’ll for sure save you a lot of money!
Different types of insurance
All the reliable moving companies will offer you insurance for your things while they’re in their custody. And it is very important that you insure your things while relocating. But in order to get the best moving rates, you may want to consider some other options. Did you know that your home insurance can be applicable to some extent even while you’re moving? You can combine a few different insurances and make the most of them. So take your time to explore different types of insurance and their combinations so that you get the best moving rates.
Talk to your movers about the best moving rates
Don’t be surprised if the moving company charges you extra because your street was too narrow or because they had to use the stairs. Let them know if you want to leave a piece of furniture behind because they’ll assume that they should pack everything. These are the things that you should tell your movers. You should request that they count it in their estimate. Double-check everything that’s on the contract before you sign any legally-binding contract with them.
Last but not least
Negotiate with your movers if you want to find the best moving rates! Don’t be afraid to ask them for a discount. Especially if you’re willing to do some things yourself. It’s in their best interest to give you a discount than to have an empty date on their calendar. Not to mention it’ll be good for their reputation to have one more satisfied customer.