Moving your family from one place to another can be stressful if the correct decisions are not made as the relocation world is extremely complex. Relocation costs for families and organizations can be extraordinarily high, especially during the “high” season – the period between May and September - when moving companies resources are in the highest demand. The inexperienced consumer, whether a family or company, can quickly be taken advantage of by moving companies charging maximum prices.
First, the goals of the move must be defined to find the best solution. What is the most important concern regarding the move? Is it the cost of the move? Is it to have no temporary storage involved? Will it require temporary storage? Or is it the time of the move? Each of these can be accomplished with the right planning and selecting the correct provider. However, not defining the goal will probably end up in your not selecting the right mover (Murphy’s Laws apply here) and increasing the stress level of your move.
If you select the correct quality mover you will definitely get the most out of your dollar invested, and you do not have to break the bank. Before contacting any moving company, your family should determine what items are to be moved to your ultimate destination, what items are to be stored somewhere, and if any items are to be disposed of or left behind. When you have a general plan, contact at least three legitimate moving companies to obtain a move estimate – they should not charge for this.
You must be prepared and careful when interviewing different move consultants to evaluate the services their company can provide, do not just pick the nicest/cutest guy.
Overall, it is normally best to go with the non-binding quote based on the actual weight of the shipment. This way you are only paying for what you move and any additional services you request. If you decide to pack your own items or give away a lot of things, your move costs can go down as well. Everything is calculated using the certified weight tickets, so even if the estimated weight was off you are still only paying for the actual weight. However, a quality mover will limit the variance to no greater than 115% of the estimated weight and not charge you for any amounts beyond that unless you added items to your shipment after the estimate. Once you get your quotes from three movers, you need to determine which works best for your budget.
Katie Northrop has 30 years of moving experience, both personally and professionally. Having personally moved over 20 times as well as overseen the management of thousands of private, corporate, and government moves Katie has a wealth of experience to share.