Whether you are moving to a new neighborhood or a new town, hiring movers suitable for your needs is the most difficult task. You will find moving companies in every nook and corner but not all movers are trustworthy and affordable. Finding reliable and affordable movers is like finding a needle in a haystack but don’t stress we are here to help you.
What traits to look for in a trustable mover? Where to search for an affordable mover? How to select the best movers within your budget? Here is a complete guide for you to help you hire the best movers within your budget.
The Sooner the Better
Start looking around for moving services as soon as possible. There are very slim chances of finding an affordable moving company at the last moment. Looking early will give you many benefits. Firstly, you will have plenty of options to choose from and most companies offer early bird discount offers to its customers. So, it is wiser for you to avail of these offers.
Moreover, starting early will allow you to choose the moving date that is cheaper. It is common for companies to charge less for the weekdays or during the off-peak season, like September to May.
Search Affordable Movers In Your Neighborhood
Looking for local movers has an extra benefit. Local moving companies don’t have high marketing budgets to attract customers and they mainly depend on local customers for their business. They will perform their best to gain the confidence of people and might offer cheaper rates than renowned moving companies to attract more local customers. So, go through your local magazines and flyers, or ask your neighbor’s recommendations for affordable and reliable movers.
Ask for Recommendations
It is better to opt for the movers who are recommended by close family members or your trusted friends. Ask about their experience with the movers and whether the final cost exceeded the estimated cost or not.
Other than that, you can always look on the internet for recommendations. My Moving Reviews and Yelp are the best sites to look for recommendations. You can search for movers who match your budget and read their recommendations. But don’t finalize any mover company by just reading recommendation, collect as many information as you can.
Shortlist Your Best Options
After collecting all the information now it’s time to shortlist the best moving companies under your budget. We have a 3 step guide for you to shortlist affordable moving companies.
- First look for online reviews on their websites or social media pages and strike out companies with bad reviews from your list.
- The next step is to look for any red flags in the company’s profile. Look for USDOT number and MC License number on the website. And don’t forget to confirm the physical address.
- Lastly, search the consumer protection sites, like com and Better Business Bureau. These websites maintain a record of companies that have a history of complaints and you should avoid hiring these companies.
Get In-House Estimates
Moving charges are dependent on various factors. Moving to a long-distance location would be expensive in comparison to moving within a city. Also, the more special requirements you have the more would be the charges. So, the next step is to ask the shortlisted movers for a complete moving estimate.
Invite a representative to your house and discuss what items would be involved in moving and what other services you require for your relocation. Get the complete estimate on a paper and make sure everything, from shipment charges to applicable taxes, are covered in the written estimate and there are no hidden charges.
Check Insurance Coverage
Now it’s time to check what type of insurance coverage they are providing. Usually, there are 2 types of insurance policies. In first, they will cover the cost if (God forbid) there is an accident while transportation and the truck get completely damaged, they will cover the loss. Another policy is regarding the damage to goods while packing or moving.
It is important to be fully aware of the liability coverage the moving company is offering you. Ask the movers to explain the liability coverage and whether there would be any compensation for late delivery. Again we would suggest it is always better to get everything in writing.
The Last Step
Now that you have completed the hard part of the research, it is easier to compare your options and choose the cheapest offer you have. But don’t forget to double-check all the services they are providing at the given cost. Make sure all your requirements are fulfilled and nothing is left behind.
In the end, it will not harm you to look for an extra discount or canceling any unnecessary service that you don’t need to the final cost.