There’s so much work involved with getting a new house and office that you don’t even want to think about all the packing you’ll have to do. Unfortunately, you can’t actually finish your moving house checklist until you get all your items packed up and transported. Depending on your situation, you may decide to consider hiring a professional removal company. That will lead you to a very important question…
The Big Question: Do You Need One?
Do you actually need to start looking at house removal companies? To decide, you should ask yourself a few questions:
- What is your budget like?
- How much time do you have?
- How much stuff do you have to move?
- How far are you moving?
Not hiring a moving company may save you money, but it could also cost you time. Additionally, if you’re moving across the country and have a lot of stuff, you may need a company so that you don’t have to figure out how to get your possessions over such a long distance. Ultimately, whether or not you should use a moving service depends on your personal needs.
The Types of Services
When it comes to removal companies, there are different types of services that you can get. You can hire a company to do a full move or a hybrid. A full move involves the company packing up your possessions and driving it to your new location. Hybrid services can vary depending on what you need. You could hire the company to just pack your stuff while you move it, or you could do what’s called self-service and hire them to just move it and you’ll pack it up.
There are many benefits to looking at moving companies when it’s time to move. One is that it takes some of the burden off of your shoulders. Another is that you can feel safer having professionals transport your items. In fact, your possessions may be safer with professionals because they have experience with transporting items without causing damage to them. On top of that, hiring a moving company can save you time. If they pack and move, you won’t have to waste hours getting things into packing boxes. If all they do is move, you don’t have to worry about how many trips it will take to transport all of your items.
How to Find One
So how do you find a good removal company? One great place to start is by asking friends and family about companies that they’d recommend. They may suggest a big-name company or might direct you to a local moving company. Either way, you should do additional internet research to see the reviews for that company. Check ProtectYourMove.gov, the Better Business Bureau, and MovingScam.com to see what people say about the company. Also find out if they have a physical office located near you. If they don’t, move on to looking at a different company. If they do, you should go check out their office and talk to them.
Questions to Ask
Once you’ve selected a few house removal companies to look at, you should contact them and ask some questions. Write down everything that they tell you for future reference. You should ask to see their DOT and MC licenses and then you need to write down their license numbers, the location of their office, and their contact information. You should also find out how long they’ve been in business. The longer that a company’s been around, the better. Also ask if the company does all the moving themselves or if they sub-contract. You can also ask if they do background checks on their employees and if they guarantee delivery on the date they give you. The more questions you ask the better. You should be comfortable with the answer that you receive. If you aren’t, search for other removal companies.
Getting Removal Quotes
Before you hire a mover you should always get removal quotes. In fact, you should research and talk to at least three businesses so that you can compare your moving company quotes. Have the mover come to your house to give the quote and always get your quote down in writing. If a company gives you a quote based on cubic feet, find a different company. A good moving company will charge you based on what they have to move. Quotes are great ideas because they will help you with figuring out removal costs. Additionally, moving companies can’t charge you more than 10% above what they quoted you, so getting a quote will protect you financially.
When it comes to relocating, you’ll definitely have to consider the moving costs. You should think about what it will cost to move and the price of getting insurance. Insurance is always a good idea, but it’s even more important when it comes to valuable items that you may have to move. As far as finding out what a fair moving price is, you can compare the results of your removal quotes. If there are huge differences in costs, you need to find out why. Also, you can look at a few online calculators, such as one provided by Home Fair. Other calculators you can use include ones from Moving.com and Relocation.com.
Best Days to Move Out
When you’ve sorted through all sorts of removal companies and picked one, figured out all the moving costs, and are ready to get going, you need to decide when to move out. Generally, you want to avoid the common times when other people are also moving. To do this, first you should stay away from holidays and other times where people often take off work. Do it in the middle of the week and stay away from weekends and Fridays, since people often move at those times. Also try to pick a day that is towards the middle of the month. As far as what time of day to move, plan for your removal company to show up as early as possible. The earlier you get started, the more protected you are for unplanned occurrences that may consume your time.