How to Estimate Your 2021 Moving Costs

 

If you’ve ever talked to a friend or family member and told them that you plan to move, chances are you’ve probably gotten A LOT of unsolicited advice. It seems that it’s a topic on which everyone has an opinion, even if it may not be wholly accurate. 

One of the things that we’ve found over the years is how little people know about how to properly budget for a move. It’s a little more complex than one might think and there are a lot of different factors that go into determining your total moving costs. 

Here are items you need to consider when you budget for your move:

  1. Estimate your “stuff” — The biggest determining factor for cost will be just how much you’re having moved. You can do this by hand if you want, going room by room and estimating how many boxes you think it will take for the small things. Then include how many large pieces (beds, washer, dryers, dressers, etc.) that you plan to move.  

A better move would be to use a moving cost calculator app that can help you estimate exactly how much you plan to move. Once you have an idea, talk with your professional movers about their rates. Some will charge by weight and others by the hour. Either way, the amount of “stuff” you plan to move will determine a large part of the cost.

2. Determine the time of year — Time is also a huge factor in moving costs. If you move in the spring or summer, you’ll be paying “prime” rates. However, if you can hold off your move until the fall or winter (usually from September to late February/early March), then the rates are greatly reduced. This is because more people want to move when the weather is nicer, and the demand causes the rates to go up.

3. And figure out the time of the week — The day of your move can also impact your cost. If you want to move on the weekend, you’ll probably see a slight increase because of a higher demand for professional movers and vans. But if you can take some time off from work in the middle of the week, you can save yourself a few dollars. (And those add up!)

4. Other factors — There are several other aspects that you should consider when budgeting your move. All of these will potentially impact the cost:

  • Distance from your old home to your new (especially if your new home is in another city or province).
  • If the movers have to take apart a bunch of furniture or other items, then this will add to the time it takes (and the total bill).
  • Optional add-ons such as additional insurance will raise the cost of your move.

Moving Costs Are as Unique as Each Move

In Canada, it’s hard to pin down an average cost for a move. A small apartment may only take as little as $750 while a large home can cost upwards of $2500. It’s important to talk with your movers, get a quote upfront, and look closely at your contract to help determine the budget for your move.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.

Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

How to Spot Red Flags When Considering Moving Companies

As anyone who has dealt with a company can attest, there is a big difference between those who claim to be “professional” and those who are. The same is true for professional moving companies. 

Most of these businesses are qualified movers who take their work seriously and are in this to help customers with their expertise. However, there are some who will ruin the reputation of the field for everyone else with their unprofessional behavior. 

Crooked Movers
How to Spot Red Flags When Considering Moving Companies

Here are red flags you need to be on the lookout for when determining if the company you are considering is a group of qualified professionals or a fly-by-night operation that will take you for a ride.

  1. They just give you a number over the phone — Be very careful of a company that just offers a “flat rate” for all moves. Any good moving company will tell you that each move is different with its own special considerations. To accommodate this, a truly professional company will insist on a site inspection/evaluation before they give you a quote on how much it will cost to move you. If a company doesn’t want to know what you are asking them to move, then the alarm bells should start going off.

  2. They don’t have a professional office — Not only should the movers come to inspect your home, but you should also be able to visit their offices. If all you have is a PO Box and a phone number, you have no way of finding them if something happens to your belongings. Many fly-by-night businesses are just a couple of guys with a pickup truck operating out of their home. Don’t trust them.

  3. They give you a blank contract (or no contract at all) — Another thing you need when you are hiring a moving company is a comprehensive contract that covers as much detail as possible. A good contract should cover the costs, mover’s responsibilities, customer’s responsibilities, and the anticipated time frame for the move. If a company doesn’t offer you something like that (or if the contract they give you doesn’t have specifics), then you have no legal recourse if they try to change the terms of the move. (This would include trying to jack up the price when the movers arrive.)

  4. They won’t give you information about their insurance — A big issue with “bad” movers is that they don’t carry the required insurance that will help replace your belongings if they are lost or damaged by the company. If a moving company doesn’t give you a copy of the insurance paperwork, then you can bet that your valuables aren’t covered. Don’t just take their word for it.

  5. They don’t have their own professional vehicles — As we’ve said, sometimes an unprofessional moving company will just show up with a pickup truck and say they are there to move you. Other times, they may arrive in a rental van from another company. In this case, they have literally rented a van for your move! Instead, you want to find a company with its own fleet of branded vehicles so that you know exactly who is moving you. A reputable business will have special moving vans equipped to carefully move your items.

Don’t Get Swindled. Choose Movers You Can Trust.

No one wants to trust their precious valuables to just anyone. This is not only your furniture or clothes—it’s also family heirlooms and breakables that can’t be replaced. Because of this, you should only work with a reputable moving company and not trust your stuff to those who set off these warning signals.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

Tips for Moving with Roommates

Every fall, thousands of university students across the country begin to move in with complete strangers who will become their roommates. For others, they may be moving out of one location with a roommate and moving into another with a different roomie. 

In doing this, it’s important to make sure that you have a plan going into the move. Any move can be complicated, but when you are moving out of a home after sharing the living space with someone else, it can be even more complex. 

Here are tips for how to handle the move without losing your sanity:

  1. Make a List and Check It Twice — The first thing that you need to do is get organized. Make a list of everything you’ll need to do to get packed and moved. One of those items should be listing out all your belongings (or as many as you can). Then, talk to your new roommate to decide if you need to bring those items. If you’re living in a dorm, or moving into a rental with your roommate, you both don’t need a microwave and your own refrigerator, especially since space is limited.

  2. Start Early — This is an issue that many people don’t take care of as they should. No one likes to move. Because of this, a lot of people hold off on the logistics of moving until the last minute. (This is especially true for students who have made a habit out of procrastinating.) Don’t do that! Start early making your plans and packing up your stuff. This way, you won’t be working until 4 in the morning the night before the move.

  3. Hire a Professional Moving Company — As with any move, one of the biggest things you can do is hire professional movers. Don’t put a strain on yourself and your relationship with your new roomie trying to pack things up and move them yourselves. Instead, let the pros come in and move you with ease. (And trust us, if you are moving out of your parents’ house into your rental home, they will really appreciate not having to pack all your stuff.)

  4. Communicate Clearly About Bills — It is important to always keep open the lines of communication with your roommate. This is especially true as you move. If you’re moving into a dorm, then you won’t have to worry about utility bills. But if you’re moving into a private apartment building with a roommate or sharing a house with one or more people, then you are all going to have to talk about how these bills will be paid. Internet, cable/satellite TV, water, and power bills will have to be shared by everyone living there. How will you split this up? What will happen if someone doesn’t carry their weight? Who will be responsible for paying the deposits and having the utility in their name? All these need to be decided before you move in.

Keep the Fun of Moving in With a Roommate 

If you are planning to move in with a roommate for the first time or if you are just moving in with a new roomie, then you need to make sure that the process goes smoothly. This will be the beginning of a new relationship and you want to start off with your best foot forward.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.

Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

Preparing Your New Home: Families with Small Children Edition

When it comes to young children, moving can fall into two distinct categories. For some, it’s the beginning of a great adventure as you say goodbye to your old home and embrace the new. 

However, for some, it can be traumatic as they only focus on the negative side of leaving behind the home that they’ve grown up in. 

Here are ways to prepare your new home while also preparing your children so that your move goes smoothly:

 

Hire Moving Pros 

You want to make sure that you aren’t trying to move yourself if you have small children. First, this is because trying to move your belongings will take up all your time and energy. It’s not very convenient to try to take care of your kids while also packing and moving your belongings. 

Secondly, with professional movers, you won’t have to worry about your kids being under their feet and getting in the way of the movers. Movers can handle large items from furniture to pianos, but anyone will have trouble moving these items with a child getting in the way. By hiring pros to move you, you can ensure your child stays safely out of their way.

Have the Kids Help When Possible

Even though it’s a good idea to hire professional movers, you should still let the kids take part in the early stages of the move. This way, they can feel like they are a part of the move. 

It’s good for the kids to say goodbye to the old house and hello to the new one. So, what is it that they can do? 

Start by having them pack up their belongings as much as possible. Also have them pick a favorite toy, game, and book that they want to pack in their overnight bag. This will be what keeps them occupied on moving day until their other toys and belongings can be unpacked.

Have Your Children Clean Out Their Stuff

Getting kids to clean up their room is hard enough, but it’s harder when you’re trying to get ready for a move. To make this a little smoother, have them go through items with you and sort them into three piles. 

These should be your pack, donate, and trash piles. Encourage your kids to get rid of toys and games that are broken or incomplete. Also, ask them if they want to donate their old (unbroken) toys to kids that might not be able to afford them. Encourage them to think of others and clear out their room as much as possible.

Talk Openly with the Kids

Since the move itself can be emotionally charged, be sure to talk openly with your children so they feel good about the move. Answer all their questions that may pop up. 

If possible, take them to visit the new house and see what it will be like. Find anything you can to feel positive about. For instance, let them know if they have a bigger room in the new house or if the new house is closer to a park or playground. 

Finally, make sure they know that the move doesn’t mean they have to leave their friends behind. Tell them they can visit sometimes or (if the move is a distant one) still communicate by phone or email.

Moving Can Be the Best Kind of Adventure for Kids

For anyone, a move to a new home can be exciting. But that is especially true for little kids. Keep these steps in mind so that you keep your kids safe and out of the way so the pros can do their job and get you moved quickly.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for families in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

Combining Households: Tips for Moving Both of Your Belongings

As a couple, the day that you move in together is a mix of emotions. While it can certainly be a joyous occasion, it can also be a stressful proposition. 

Trying to take two separate lives and blend them together into one cohesive unit is a difficult task. So, the move itself needs to be as smooth as possible. 

Here are tips to make moving both of your belongings easier and stress-free:

1.Decide on your new home — The first thing you need to do is decide where you’re going to live. It may seem easier for one of you to keep their home and have the other one move in. But this may not be the best solution. 

Many people who have lived alone become used to having things a “certain way” in that home. By choosing a new house together, you can set the traditions and routines that will make it a home for both of you instead of feeling like one person is a guest in the other’s house.

2. Make the moving day as easy as possible — Anyone who has ever moved will tell you that it can be stressful. Tempers often run short, and arguments can happen even amongst the most even-tempered individuals. So that’s why it is a good idea to hire professional movers to take the burden off you. 

You don’t want to start off moving into your new home together with arguments and fussing over furniture. This will also give you the chance to focus on having the movers put everything exactly where you want it so you can start the next phase of your relationship.

3. Make a list of shared items — If you’ve been living alone for a while, chances are you both have a lot of duplicate items you use every day. However, it may not be necessary to keep two of each item in your new home. 

Dishes, cookware, and even electronics such as televisions are all items that you might need to get rid of if you have more than one. The best thing to do is to list all these items out and decide which of the two has the better items. Then, you can donate or sell any of the extra items that you don’t need.

4. Get a storage unit — If there are items that you don’t have immediate space for, then a storage center is the perfect solution. Place these nonessential items in a climate-controlled storage unit. Move these items in gradually (or decide for sure that you don’t need them and donate them).

Make Moving in Together Fun. Take Some of the Stress Off.

Combining two households into one should be a wonderful experience—and it can be! But to achieve this, you need to have serious conversations about expectations and what you both want in your new home together. Once you’ve settled on a place, then it’s time to organize your belongings and let the professionals move you into your new together home.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

Preparing and Packing Your Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

Most of us have gotten to be “old hands” at packing and getting things ready for the movers. But many people forget that not all of your belongings are inside of the house. Lots of folks have to scramble at the last minute to prepare their outdoor furniture and accessories because they simply forgot about them. 

Here are steps you can take for your next move to get your outdoor furniture ready for movers:

Table chair with blue umbrella in garden backyard

Examine All of Your Items 

One of the first things you want to do is to look over all of your outdoor furniture to find any damage. Because they’re exposed to the elements so much, many of these items tend to wear out faster than regular furniture. 

If a lawn chair is broken or a chair cushion has become mildewed, it’s best to toss it. If you don’t plan on throwing any of it out, make sure to take pictures of the items (especially of any worn spots). 

You may want to take pictures of your furniture before the move so you can feel confident when you unpack in your new home that all the furniture was packed with care and moved without any damage. 

Clean It  

Next, perform a deep cleaning on all of your outdoor furniture. If possible, throw your cushions and pillows into the washing machine to get rid of any traces of mold. 

Use soap and a good water sprayer/hose to clean off all of the furniture and larger items. As you do this, make sure you get rid of dirt and other trash that may have accumulated over time. 

Also, if you have furniture with hollow sections (such as tubing) make sure that you clear out any insects that may have decided to nest inside of them. You don’t want the movers picking up your outdoor chairs only to have a nest of wasps come flying out. 

Doing all of this not only keeps you and your movers safe, but it also means that you won’t be taking dirty items on the moving truck with you as these can get other items from inside the house dirty.

Break Down the Furniture (and other items too) 

If you’re paying professional movers according to how much space you use in the moving truck, you definitely want to pack everything as compactly as possible. For lawn furniture, take the items apart (as much as you can). To make it easier to reassemble the items later on, be sure to use heavy packing tape to tie them all together. 

Alternately, you can place everything (including the screws and bolts) into separate bags for easy assembly. Definitely don’t just throw it all together and hope it will make sense when you get to your new home. 

If you have a glass tabletop, wrap it in protective cushioning such as moving blankets. Lawn umbrellas should be closed and tied shut so that it doesn’t pop open in the truck. 

If you have lots of outdoor cushions and pillows (or other small items), you can save a lot of space with vacuum bags. Place the items inside of the bag and then use your vacuum cleaner to draw out the excess air. This makes it easier to stack the items up in the truck. 

Finally, if you have pool items (such as floats), pack these appropriately. Floats should be deflated, dried out, and then rolled up. (You can also use vacuum bags for this.) Pool chemicals should be packaged and properly labeled to prevent spills or leaks.

Outdoor Furniture Needs Special Care in Packing for a Move

If you’re hiring professional movers to pack up your items as well as move you, they should already be familiar with these tips and make the process smoother. But, if you are packing yourself so the pros can move you, then make sure to follow these so your move goes quickly.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.

Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

 

What Your Movers Want You to Know

Hiring a professional moving company means that you can sit back and relax while someone else does the heavy lifting. But before the movers show up, there are a few things you need to know.

Think of this as a “mover’s wish list” they wish you knew. By being aware of these tips, you can actually make the moving process easier for everyone involved (including you!):

movers lifting boxes

Communicate with your movers early — Most movers are used to just about anything you could possibly throw at them. However, they need to be prepared for certain things.

If you’re planning to move special items like a piano or highly-valuable collectibles, be sure to communicate that well ahead of moving day. It may be that they will need to bring special moving equipment or packing supplies for these kinds of items. If you don’t tell them, they’ll have to go back to headquarters to pick up the necessary supplies.

This will slow down your move (and possibly cost you more money if you are paying by the hour). As soon as you can, make a detailed list of “bulky items” like a piano, couches, refrigerators, washers/dryers, or similar items and provide this to your moving team so they can arrive on moving day fully prepared.

Clear them a path — One of the hardest aspects of a move for movers is getting a large truck as close to your house as possible. If you live in a gated community, make sure they have the access code to get in on moving day.

If you live in a neighborhood without yards or driveways (where you have to park on the street), save them a space near your property so they don’t have to park a block away. Otherwise, make sure that your yard is cleared for them with full access to your home, including the backyard and garage. It’s important that someone is at your new home to meet them and direct them where to put things.

Have everything ready to go on moving day — A professional moving company will be happy to pack your things for you. But if you decide to do the packing yourself, make sure it’s all done ahead of time.

Nothing’s worse for movers than trying to move items around while you’re still packing up. If you do the packing ahead of time, make sure you use strong boxes and packing tape so the boxes don’t rip or tear while moving. Keep heavy items separate so they aren’t back-breakers. (It’s never a good idea to pack all of your pots and pans into one large box).

Be there for the move, but relax — On moving day you need to be home so you can let the movers in, show them where everything is, and where it needs to go. But after that, you need to sit back and relax. The movers are professionals and know how to move your belongings. Allow them to do the job you hired them for.

Bottom Line: Moving Can Actually Be Enjoyable with the Right Help!
Hiring professional movers will ensure your moving day is less stressful for you and your family. But before you hire those movers, make sure you follow these tips. If you do, the day will run even smoother than you thought.
Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

What Makes Movers Great? Learn from Pros with 40 Years’ Experience

When it comes time to move, it can be hard to know what you’re looking for in a good moving company. Some companies are fly-by-night deals that are literally a couple of guys with a pick-up truck who think they can run their business without any planning. 

A moving company that’s been in business in your neighborhood for the past four decades knows a few things about what makes great professional movers. Here’s how Crescent Moving and Storage has created a company that has stood the test of time and been voted the best in customer service.

How Crescent Moving and Storage Began

Great companies often start from humble beginnings and Crescent Moving and Storage is no exception. Crescent Moving takes its name from the small beach town of Crescent Beach in Surrey British Columbia. The company is truly a Canadian company, started by a former professional hockey player, Larry Romanchych. Larry played for ten years with the NHL in Chicago and Atlanta before retiring and starting the moving company in 1979. 

Family Owned and Operated

Like so many former professional athletes, Larry started his own business with just himself and a single truck. But this simple start quickly grew into a family business managed by Larry and Pat, his wife. His four children have all worked at some point in their lives with the company. It’s still being operated on the principles of hard work and reliability they’ve been known for.

Crescent Moving Has Grown Over the Years

From the beginnings at Crescent Beach, the company grew into other areas of Surrey and White Rock and then into other locales such as Burnaby, Richmond, and Vancouver. Today, the company offers moves all across Canada and even into some parts of the western United States. 

Rated Highest Customer Satisfaction 

After thousands of moves over the past 42 years, they’ve gained not just a great deal of experience, but also a great deal of respect in the industry. Crescent is an agent for North American Van Lines, receiving the highest rating for their customer’s satisfaction during 2020. Crescent Moving is also a proud member of the Canadian Movers Association and only employs movers who are bonded, certified, and insured.

Crescent Moving and Storage also realizes that part of being a good company is being a good neighbor. That is why they are proud that they are a 100% Canadian company dedicated to helping their customers relocate with as little muss and fuss as possible. The company has also been giving back to the community for years by sponsoring the Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Children’s Wish, and Move for Hunger charities. 

What Should You Look for In a Moving Company?

 

  • Reliability
  • Experience
  • Active in the Community
  • Bonded, Certified and Insured
  • High Customer Satisfaction Rating/Reviews

 

Setting a High Bar in the Moving Industry

All of this adds up to one of the most experienced and customer service centered companies in Canada. It’s a matter of faith to entrust your precious belongings with someone to move them without damage or breakage. Be sure to carefully check out any moving company you’re thinking about using. 

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

A Guide for Seniors Downsizing After Retirement

Retirement, for many, is a distant moment when you can finally take yourself off the hamster wheel that is work. Instead, you have the opportunity to focus on what’s important to you in your life.
Many retirees find they want to simplify their lives by downsizing their home. After the kids have moved out and your work is done, those large multi-bedroom homes aren’t really necessary and a move to a lifestyle community or condominium may be in order.
Here’s what you need to know about downsizing and moving into your new, smaller home:

Don’t try to do it yourself — One of the first things you need to realize is that you shouldn’t try to move all, or even most, of your belongings yourself. When you were younger, you might have been adamant about moving yourself. But this is the time to trust your move to professional movers. Now that you’re older, you likely have more expensive and sentimental personal belongings (certainly more than the giant spool you used as a coffee table and the third-hand sofa you had in your twenties). Professional movers can pack your belongings quickly and get them moved safely without you having to break your back loading furniture.

Downsize your belongings — It’s not enough to move into a smaller space with less square footage. You also need to downsize your belongings to fit into that space. To do this, go room-by-room and sort all your belongings into three piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Donate quality items that you don’t want anymore and trash the junk that you don’t need anymore.

Get a storage space — If you have a lot of sentimental items that you aren’t quite ready to get rid of yet, consider having these moved into a storage facility. You can now easily find a safe and quality storage area that is not only secured but also climate controlled.

Have a yard sale — If you have a lot of items you don’t want to keep, consider having a garage sale. By selling these yourself, you can take in all the profit and have a little bit of spending cash on hand to help with moving expenses and other incidentals.

Go digital — Although you may be hesitant to embrace technology, it can actually be a great way to downsize your belongings that might otherwise clutter your new space. Pictures, old videotapes and music can be easily digitized and then stored on a portable hard drive or a cloud drive that takes up virtually no space. Likewise, you can reduce all your bookshelves down to a digital library on your iPad or tablet.

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way When You’re Downsizing
If you’re a senior and you’ve recently retired or had all of your kids move out on their own, then it’s probably a good time to downsize your home. By taking your time and planning out the best, safest way to move your furniture and valuables, you can make the move as smooth and painless as possible.

Use Experienced, Professional Movers Who Know Your Area
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Rain or shine, we’re there for you! Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

 

Questions to Ask Moving Companies for Your Upcoming Move in Canada

An easily avoidable mistake many people make when it comes to hiring professional movers is not knowing exactly what to ask the company before they hire them. On average, a person moves only once every few years so it’s not like it’s something you would invest a lot of time into. Most folks assume that all the companies are alike and there isn’t much to it other than to just pick up the boxes and carry them to the new location. 

It’s important to do your research on a company before you sign a contract with them. They literally have your life in their hands!

 

Here’s what you should ask potential moving companies before you decide to use their services:

Where are you located? 

Today, most people book a moving company over the phone or online and never venture into their physical office. But you need to know exactly where this company is located. If they cannot give you a physical location for their office, they’re most likely a fly-by-night operation that you don’t want to trust with your prized possessions. This is the first question you need to ask (and verify) so you can start your decision process.

 

Are you licensed/insured? 

Find out if the movers are licensed or bonded and what type of insurance they offer regarding lost or broken items. You also want to know if they’re part of professional organizations or moving associations such as the Canadian Association of Movers

 

In order to become a member of such groups, they have to meet certain eligibility requirements. This also demonstrates that the company is legitimate. In addition to asking what type of insurance they carry, ask them if there are additional insurance or protection plans you can purchase to ensure you’re compensated if something happens to your belongings.

 

How much will the move cost? 

Another big question you must ask is how much the move is going to cost. But don’t just stop with the grand total. You should also ask them exactly how the moving costs will be calculated. Ask to see a line-by-line estimate showing what the cost will be before you sign a contract. One of the major items to look for is if you will be charged by weight or if this will be a simple matter of paying by the hour. Regardless of which they use to calculate the total, you need to know this info.

 

Do you offer storage or other services? 

Many professional moving companies offer more than just the move itself. One of the services that many movers offer is storage. If you’re having to delay a move (for instance because you have to wait on a house closing), some companies offer secured storage for your belongings until you can take possession of the new home. Others have started to add more services including junk removal and cleaning services. You should ask what is available to see if you can put these services to use.

 

Do you handle collectibles or oversized items? 

Some companies are fine handling unusual items such as fragile collectibles or oversized items such as pianos. However, others do not and treat all belongings the same. You need to find out if the company you are considering has special training in handling items like pianos or if they offer temperature-controlled moving vehicles to move items such as vintage wines.

 

When will you get your belongings? 

Finally, you want to make sure that you know exactly when your belongings will be delivered to your new home. If you’re doing a long-distance move, it may take a few days for your stuff to get there. Make sure that you work out the details of when to expect your items so you aren’t sitting around waiting for them.

These Questions Will Help You Move with Peace of Mind

As with any major decision, it’s important to choose wisely when picking a professional moving company. Be sure to ask the important questions so that you know you are getting someone you can trust.

Use Experienced, Professional Movers Who Know Your Area

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