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How to Negotiate a Contract With a Mover

How to Negotiate a Contract With a Mover

Moving is not only a task for homeowners and residents, but it’s an industry and business that companies capitalize on daily. Sometimes hiring a moving company is the best option for your move to ensure the safety of your items, to move large quantities of belongings from one location to the next, or to deal with special situations like moving a heavy piano or family antique. The important thing to remember is that moving companies are ultimately in business to make a profit, but they want and need patronage from people like you to make the all mighty dollar. As with any other business deal, this gives you some leeway in bargaining and contract negotiation. If you’re new at contract negotiation, here are some tips to help you negotiate a reasonable contract with a moving company. Look beyond pricing alone Of course pricing is important, but nothing good ever came from automatically jumping at the lowest price you see; this is especially true when it comes to choosing a moving company. Before contract negotiation even begins, see if you can get moving companies to price match others who quoted you lower. There may be a good reason why other companies prices are lower (usually it’s because their services match their low pricing); however, it’s worth a shot at lowering your moving costs with a company you’d prefer doing business with. Be sure to compare companies in your area Besides simply looking at pricing and asking companies to price match other quotes, it’s important to research the moving companies in your area – mainly their qualifications and experience. You can...
General Tips for a Smooth Moving Process

General Tips for a Smooth Moving Process

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to moving—whether you’re moving down the street, across the country, or to a new country all together. There are certain things you should be sure to consider before you start your moving process, and this list can help things go a lot smoother. The main concerns when it comes to moving Here are some of the most important things you shouldn’t overlook when it comes to moving: location, planning, packing, hiring a company, and booking a moving date. Location Where you’ll be moving to will dictate what special considerations you’ll need to make up front. For instance, if you’re moving to another state you’ll want to become familiar with that state’s laws and regulations. Here are a few other things to think about before moving to a new location: Become familiar with your new location – know where the post office is, the grocery store, hospitals and urgent cares, and other important places for quick and efficient access. Plan a route to the new location – planning the quickest, most efficient route to your new location will help save money in transportation and moving costs. Planning Effectively planning your move is the simplest way to make your move go much smoother and to cut down on costs: Make lists – “stay organized” should be your motto and mantra. Attend to repairs or renovations ahead of time – you’ll be glad to move into a clean, fresh new place that already has your finishing touches. Take measurements beforehand – planning for large pieces of furniture is no joke—take the time to...
What are Some Complexities Involved in a Cross Country Move?

What are Some Complexities Involved in a Cross Country Move?

Moving cross country is something we rarely stop to consider until the opportunity presents itself. The dream of moving out-of-state may be long-standing for you and your family, but once the time comes to get the move along, it can be a challenge to keep all your ducks in a row. Local moves can present challenges to movers, but it’s common for families and individuals to tackle short-distance moves on their own—despite the unforeseen costs that inevitably come up. However, a cross country move is undoubtably further complicated, and often requires the help of a professional moving company. It goes without saying that it is critical to hire a moving company you trust with an excellent reputation; however, there are a few other complexities involved in a cross country move that you should know about before tackling the experience head on. Downsizing and packing for the long hull Besides hiring a reputable moving company, beginning the process of packing can seem overwhelming to most movers. The first thing you should do is downsize your belongings and narrow it down to only the items you’ll be taking with you. By downsizing ahead of time, you can not only cut your cost of moving significantly, but you don’t have to deal with getting rid of items you don’t want anymore in an unfamiliar, new location. Here are some packing tips that prove to be especially helpful for cross-country moves. Thoroughly and clearly label boxes Stay organized and make to-do lists Use appropriate packing materials Keep important items and documents accessible Moving with children or dependent adults Making the appropriate arrangements for...
Tips to Simplify Your Long Distance Move

Tips to Simplify Your Long Distance Move

Moving is an often hectic undertaking that usually doesn’t occur very often, which is why the complicated process tends to throw many of us for a loop. This process can become especially complex when moving long distance. Long distance moves pose a few unique challenges that are often unforeseen by movers. For instance, you may not be familiar with the area you’re moving to, you may not be adjusted to the time zone, climate, or culture, and you may need to find reliable work once you get there. All of these factors and more can make a long distance move a hassle. In this article, we’ll go over a few specific tips to help you simplify your long distance move. Consolidate Your Belongings Before you start anything, it’s most important to narrow down what you’ll actually be bringing with you when all is said and done. It’s useless to begin packing things that you aren’t sure you want, have outgrown, or may eventually give up anyway once you arrive at the new location. Furthermore, you’re paying for every pound you bring with you, so downsizing is a critical first step. Here’s what you can start with: Donate and give away items that are no longer in use Sell larger items that take up space By donating and giving away items you haven’t used in a while, you make room for new things once you arrive at the new location, but you also cut back on your moving costs. Speaking of costs, you can supplement some of the costs of moving by selling any larger pieces of furniture or specialty...
Factors to Keep in Mind While Hiring Long Distance Movers

Factors to Keep in Mind While Hiring Long Distance Movers

What makes a good moving company? If you’ve never hired a professional moving company before, then chances are you have no idea where to begin looking when you need to hire a moving company for your long distance move. Moving locally is one thing, but moving long distances presents challenges and difficulties that are often unforeseen or overlooked by movers. It’s important to find a moving company that is not only reliable and trustworthy, but who is accommodating and helpful to you personally. One of the best ways to determine whether a moving company is good at their job or not is to ask others who have used their services before. However, keep an open mind and make informed decisions based on your own experiences—what is best for you may not be what’s best for others. In this article, we’ll go over what you should look for specifically in a long distance moving company and how you can make your long distance move as simple and smooth as possible. What to look for in a long distance moving company It’s true—all good moving companies have a few things in common besides just excellent customer service. Here’s a short list of some of the qualities you should look for in a long distance moving company in particular: Years of experience and expertise You don’t want to be the guinea pig for a new moving company that hasn’t yet established themselves in your area. Find a moving company with extensive experience and expertise so that they can help you, not the other way around! Licensure and insurance The company should be...
How to Hire a Moving Company During the Peak Season

How to Hire a Moving Company During the Peak Season

No matter what time of year, moving can be a headache. There’s lists, planning, packing, research, and arrangements to take care of, and sometimes no matter how much you prepare, unforeseen issues still come up. One huge unforeseen factor involved in the moving process is planning a move during peak moving season. Most people usually don’t realize that they’re moving during peak season until they get their moving bill, or until they realize that moving companies are booked solid for months. Avoiding peak season for your move might not be the easiest thing to do; therefore, there are a few things you can do to find the right moving company to handle your move. What is considered peak season for moving companies? Moving companies usually consider peak season to be from the beginning of spring to the end of summer. The great majority of moves actually occur between memorial day and labor day, as that’s typically when people take vacation time or plan time off to move. Peak season can present a few concerning challenges to movers, including higher pricing, less availability, and higher volumes of traffic. Qualities to look for in a moving company Finding the right moving company to get you through your peak season move can make all the difference. Despite it being peak season, there are still a few important qualities that you must always look for in any moving company; however, during peak season these qualities become especially important for movers. Reputability Moving companies can provide you with a list of references to verify their experience, specific clientele, or capabilities. You can ask for...
Things to Keep in Mind While Hiring Film Industry Movers

Things to Keep in Mind While Hiring Film Industry Movers

Looking for the right moving company can be a challenge—especially if you’re trying to find a reputable, trustworthy moving company that is also experienced in specific tasks you’ll need them to complete. For instance, if you were hiring a professional moving company to help you move a grand piano, you’d want to know a little bit about their level of expertise, past experiences moving pianos, and how they can help keep your piano well-protected for the long haul. The same goes for moving in the film industry. The film industry requires frequent moving of set pieces, filming equipment, lighting and sound equipment…sound expensive? Well, all of that equipment, furniture, and so on are often high-quality and worth lots of money, so hiring the right film industry movers for the job is a critical step to ensure your film industry move goes smoothly and successfully. In this article, we’ll go over some tips for those of you who are looking for a moving company to help move expensive equipment such as these. Factors to Consider Before Hiring Movers Once again, it’s important that you take the proper precautions and perform adequate research before hiring a moving company to entrust with your expensive filming and audio equipment or high quality set pieces. These are the most salient factors to consider before you hire movers to handle this precarious job: Level of Experience This is one of the most important qualities of any moving company, let alone one that will be handling such important equipment and items. The moving company should have plenty of experience deconstructing pieces and/or protecting delicate items from...
Tips for a Hassle Free Move Within a Limited Budget

Tips for a Hassle Free Move Within a Limited Budget

Moving is one of the number one stress-causing events in an individuals life. If you’ve moved even once, then you know just how stressful it can be. Besides moving all of your belongings smoothly from one location to the next, the cost of moving alone can be a total hassle and quite easily expensive. Of course moving isn’t all bad; moving brings both benefits and challenges. However, we don’t all know how to successfully get through a move—especially on a limited budget. In this article, we’ll go over a few things you can do in preparation for your move that will help make the move go more smoothly and will also help you save tons of money in the process. Moving doesn’t have to be the hassle it’s made out to be—just plan ahead! Take your time packing It is awfully tempting to rush through the packing process—especially when you’ve gotten halfway through and realize you still haven’t finished the most challenging rooms yet! Taking your time packing will help you relax throughout the process, biting off one little chunk at a time. Take the time to plan what rooms you’ll pack each day, take careful inventory of what you’re packing and where, and beyond all else, pack carefully! When you take your time packing, things are less likely to become broken, misplaced, or discarded. You might even find a few things to give away or sell, which can significantly lighten the moving load and cost. Use free packing materials Packing materials can be expensive, depending on where you get them. Some moving companies provide their movers with packing...
Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Interstate Move

Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Interstate Move

Whether you’re being forced to move because of a change in employment, family needs, and other circumstances, or it was simply time for a change, moving is a hassle for everyone who attempts it. Furthermore, if you’re moving out of state, it can be quite the project; moving out of state requires careful planning and consideration in order to be done smoothly, and it’s almost never without a few hiccups. However, there are things you can do that will help you better prepare for the big day. Moving out-of-state is a lot easier with the help of a professional moving company, as they might know more about the regulations of moving certain items out of your state, such as outdoor furniture that must be inspected for bugs and cleaned before traveling out of the area. Little things like that can sneak up on movers, leaving them having to deal with a crisis situation in the middle of their move. This article will focus on how you can make your out-of-state move more efficient and simple, reducing the size of the headache it will inevitably create. Choose the Right Time You might be thinking, “there’s never a right time to move!” and you would be wrong; the moving industry has its own predictably busier times of years, months, and days that make scheduling your move an important step beforehand. Usually the middle of the month, rather than the beginning or end, include cheaper dates to move, as a flood of individuals move based on rent payments due at the beginning or end of a month. Furthermore, weekends are obviously the...
The Special Care Needed to Safely Move a Piano

The Special Care Needed to Safely Move a Piano

Moving is never an easy task; it involves months of planning, research, and preparation. Since moving is such a stressful time, you might have overlooked the fact that you’ve got a beast of a piano in your living room and not a clue as to who is going to help you with such a large project. Pianos seem sturdy, but they’re actually very delicate. It takes skill and experience in order to move one without damaging it, and reputable piano movers can be hard to come by. As previously mentioned, it takes special care to safely move a piano from point A to point B. There are plenty of things to consider before you move your piano, including the type and size of piano you’re moving, the distance it will be traveling, and the costs associated with it. However, the important task at hand requires knowing what to look for in a piano mover so that you choose a reputable one, and therefore can rest easy at night. You wouldn’t trust just anyone to move your piano for you, so here’s a list of things to consider before settling on a moving company. Company’s Reputation for Moving Pianos and Other Specialty Items First and foremost, it’s critical that the company you choose has a solid reputation in the community for moving large, delicate objects such as heavy antiques and pianos (or antique pianos). By doing some basic research, you can learn a lot about a business’s reputation. Looking at the company’s online reviews can tell you whether their customers are generally satisfied or not. You can even narrow down...
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