Trusting a moving company is no small thing. You’re putting your belongings entirely in the hands of other people for numerous days. Ensuring that you have peace of mind through the whole process is a major part of any moving company’s job description. Thankfully, that’s an area where Bannister Moving & Storage excels. To give you as many resources as possible and to help make your move stress free, we’ve assembled some tips for you to use before and during your big move!
Below, we explain 9 different ways that you can make your move as stress-free and smooth as possible!
Separate all your belongings into two categories: shipping, and selling / donating / disposing. Take a notebook around your home and create a list of everything you will be shipping, as well as anything you definitely won’t be. This will not only help you keep your costs low—it can help you compare estimates more accurately!
Our Maricopa County moving company packs as well as ships your belongings for you. However, if you want to save money, you are free to pack your own items. This helps ensure that everything is packed precisely the way you want while saving you the extra cost of packing. However, there are some drawbacks you should consider.
Here are the disadvantages to packing yourself:
*The exception being when the box is obviously damaged from the outside.
Make a list of any potential issues regarding your current or new home. If you’re moving to or away from a home with difficult parking, narrow streets, elevator restrictions, or weight limits on the street, then your movers need to know.
Some movers cannot accommodate certain prohibitions (or may charge extra for transferring items to smaller vehicles). Make sure your potential mover knows about anything unusual or difficult about where you’re moving or where you live.
This also helps keep your estimate accurate and costs low!
Moving companies often offer unique packages that include different services. With some movers, you may get less than what you need or you may be paying for a service you never needed or asked for. Call your prospective mover and ask about different pricing and service arrangements. As a result, you’ll be able to get exactly what you need for the right price. Saves you money and saves movers wasted labor!
For what it’s worth, we offer a guarantee to never exceed a customer’s estimate. As a result, our customers always know they will pay exactly what we quoted—no more!
Check with your moving coordinator about how rates will be applied! While discounts are common, some may not apply the way you think they do, resulting in a higher cost. Some discounts only apply to transportation, while others apply to packing supplies. In other cases, movers can only guarantee transportation charges, with no promises regarding destination charges (e.g. storage).
When you receive multiple moving company price estimates, compare their estimated weights for your belongings. If a company is underestimating the weight of your items, then they may end up causing a delayed arrival of your belongings or have to use a second truck—inadvertently increasing your costs. Lower estimates that underestimate weight may end up costing you more by the end of the process.
If there are major differences between weight estimates, take a look at the “multiplier” the mover used on your cube sheet. To estimate weight, movers multiply the space items take up by different multipliers in order to account for their weight.
Multipliers of 7 or 8 are common for extremely heavy items, while moderately heavy items have a factor of 6. Factors lower than 6 should be rare—be wary if you see too many 5s or lower on your estimate sheet.
To prevent lowball estimates, our agents are rewarded for accurate weight estimates. This ensures that we provide precise and honest prices for every move.
While comparing estimates, make sure you’re looking at services offered, weight, and price. A lower-priced service may be leaving out necessary services. Accurate estimates should account for the services you request or will likely need.
If you’re moving between states, make sure your movers are licensed for interstate transportation of goods. Otherwise, your mover will have to transfer your belongings to another service—which increases the risk of damage. While you’re at it, be sure to check on the moving company’s reputation with the Better Business Bureau, which would include complaints regarding damage or interstate complications.
Imagine arriving at your new home...but all your belongings are stuck in another state. While not ideal, it can occur. Some moving companies offer delayed delivery compensation to make up for waiting. While some movers offer this service at no charge, others may only make it available for purchase. Check with your prospective moving companies about the different protections they offer for unforeseen delays.
Use these tips to make your move as easy as possible and to keep yourself informed about different moving companies. We hope you find the right mover for your needs! If you’re interested in contacting Bannister Moving & Storage for your big move, call (602) 899-0229 for a free estimate!