When a home move is on the horizon, you will quickly see how many things need to be accomplished before your relocation date arrives. This being said, you will most likely want to find a moving company to help make the process easier. While this is a great idea, moving is far from cheap, which can make the idea of shelling out extra money to movers hard to do. But what if we told you there are ways to find movers that are not only affordable but also reliable too?
If you are in need of movers but are on a tight budget, here are some ways to find a company that is actually affordable.
As the saying goes, “the early bird gets the worm.” This is especially true when looking for a moving company. The earlier you start looking for movers, the greater the chance of securing a company that is both reliable and affordable. You will also:
Have a larger choice. The cheaper the rates a moving company offers, the quicker they are booked. Waiting until the last minute to find a low-cost moving company will prove difficult. So push the procrastinator tactics away and start your search in advance. By looking for movers several months before your relocation date, there will be many experienced and trustworthy moving professionals available.
Get a discount. By simply booking a moving company early, you could be eligible for a discount. This is because the goal of most moving companies is to secure as many jobs as possible in advance. By doing so, they are often willing to drop prices to draw in business.
Have more flexible scheduling. When you plan your relocation in advance, you will have the ability to set your moving date during less busy moving times, such as:
- Off-peak moving season (September to May)
- Less busy times of the month (second and third weeks of the month)
Consider Local Movers
When the safety of your personal possessions and valuables is at stake, many choose to hire a big, reputable, and nationwide moving company. This is because large moving companies are less likely to commit fraud or overcharge you at the end of your move. But don’t dismiss smaller moving companies.
Because small moving companies rely mainly on moving jobs within their immediate areas, they work hard to gain the trust of locals; they also offer lower prices in order to attract more customers.
When your goal is to find the most affordable movers, it will definitely be worth your time to consider small, local movers instead of big moving chains.
When on the hunt for a moving company, it’s crucial to do your search before booking. This way you can ensure you find movers that meet all of your must-have qualities (reliability, trustworthiness, professionalism, affordability).
Every moving company out there will claim to be the best, but what’s most telling is what others say about them. Asking for recommendations from family and friends is a great way to find a moving company that will satisfy you. If several people praise the same movers, this is a huge indication that they are a company that does a good job and you too will be happy with their service.
Another way to find worthy movers is by searching trustworthy websites like Yelp.com. Here you will be able to read genuine reviews from real customers and gain insight into the type of service a moving company provides.
Get In-Home Estimates
After gathering recommendations, you will need to get estimates from several companies in order to find the best rate. It’s important to keep in mind that any estimates you get online or over the phone are never truly accurate. For an accurate moving estimate, you will need to have a representative from each company you are considering hiring to come to your home for a visual survey of your belongings. During this in-home survey, you will be able to:
- Show the representatives everything you intend to relocate (number, size, type of items);
- Provide them with all relevant information (specific handling requirements, possible obstacles) needed for them to perform a smooth move; and
- Discuss the details (date, time, liability coverage) of your relocation.
Even if you like the first estimate you’re given, be sure to get a few more from other companies. Be sure to get a written binding estimate, to avoid price changes later.
If you receive an offer that is too good to be true, it probably is, so proceed with caution. This could be a sign of rogue movers who are just out to scam you.
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