Once you have to decided to move, the logical follow on decision if possible should be to hire movers. There is simply no replacement for them, as many people who have gathered friends and family to help them move will attest. Professionals are faster and more efficient, and worth their money alone in preventing injuries to your sixty year old father’s back. Once you have decided to hire movers, you have to figure how to find the right ones for your needs. Below are a few helpful hints to get you started.
- Hiring movers can be on the pricier side but there are ways to cut down on costs. Doing your own packing will help significantly, and being very well prepared will help as well. If it is a local move, the charge is usually by hour for a set number of movers and the truck as needed. By being organized and packed ahead of time, and moving everything as close as possible to the exit, you cut down on the amount of time they spend traipsing through the house gathering up boxes and furniture. Save a spot for the truck to park in front to help cut down on the amount of time as well. You would be surprised how much additional time another floor and a truck that has to park fifty yards away from the house can add to the number of hours that movers are there.
- Call around and get different quotes. You are very likely stuck with a certain day, but if you can plan for it in advance, there are certain times of the month that are typically a lower rate than others. Steering clear of the beginning and end of the month can help cut down on your costs and also means you likely have more moving companies from which to choose. Certain times of the year are also busier and prices can get hiked, such as around when school starts and ends. Weekends in May and September are typically in very high demand. If you know this and can avoid it, you can save yourself some money.
- Call around and get a variety of quotes. Some moving services have a minimum number of hours you have to pay for whether you use them all or not, but do not forget to factor in driving time from the old place to the new place, plus any additional stops such as at a storage unit to pick up or drop off. Moving can take a lot longer than you think, and of course varies with the amount of stuff you have to move. A one bedroom can take a couple of hours, but a full house can take most of the day, depending on the number of movers. See what the rate is for various hours, plus the number of movers provided, to help better ensure you are using your money most effectively. There might be a lower number of hours and a slightly higher rate but for more movers, and that might be the best possible bet.