There are many advantages to hiring a professional moving company for your next move. Whether you are selling a home or buying a home, moving is on your immediate "to do" list. I encourage you to take the time to get a few bids, preferably in person at your home. You are likely to find it is more affordable than you believe and surely saves you a tremendous amount of work.
Professional movers have all the knowledge, experience and materials to safeguard the secure transport of your precious belongings. Obtain at least three bids and request proof of insurance and current references.
The most important job for you in obtaining a moving estimate is to give as much information as possible and to update this information if it changes between the time of your estimate and the time of your move. A good example of this would be a substantial increase in the number of boxes to be transported or adding an additional stop for the moving truck. Do you have a storage unit at a different location? If you do, be prepared to provide not only the size and general description of contents; your mover needs to know hours of access and carry distances and/or elevators his crew will contend with at the storage facility
Your mover can only base his estimate on the information you provide. Your mover is going to need to know specifics about the destination address in order to formulate his estimate. Don’t surprise your mover. Let your mover know if there are time windows delivery is permitted, this is very common and If there are stairs at your new home make sure your mover is aware. If your new residence is a city dwelling, there could be parking issues including unusually long carry distances from the truck to your front door. If you leave out pertinent details about items, such as moving a collection of delicate collectibles, which require extra materials and time to pack, your mover cannot include those services in their estimate.
If an item is very delicate, exceptionally expensive or of tremendous value to you for whatever reason, you may want to transport the item on your own. A few examples would be jewelry, heirlooms and electronics. Understand that electronics are not customarily included under insurance policies so, discuss this with your mover so you are clear on important facts.
These are just a few suggestions of information your mover absolutely needs to know when calculating the estimate. Remember to be specific and provide every possible detail so your estimator will be able to formulate an accurate bid for services.