It’s an exciting time for a fresh outlook on life in the new year! Moving to a new locale with a better vibe may be just the thing you need to jump-start your new year and new life. At times, moving can be stressful but the rewards for completing a successful move can be priceless when it brings new experiences, memories and opportunities. Without the help of a professional moving company we can guarantee your move will be complicated, difficult and challenging. A short move is usually just as tough as a long one, which is why it’s always a great idea to enlist your local friendly movers.
Many people consider renting their own truck and skipping leg day in order to handle the move themselves. This can be a costly mistake because most of us only move once a year or less, and we usually don’t have a clear picture of what we’re getting ourselves into. On moving day, you maybe didn’t realize you weren’t ready to go and need to do a lot of last-minute packing, as the sun starts going down you realize you’re falling way behind. This is a situation we hear about all too often, and it’s completely avoidable when you hire a moving company. Moving companies are in the business of moving, we move customers like you every day. All of this experience means we know what it takes to relocate your home, large or small, in a safe and orderly fashion.
Do Your Research
When hiring a moving company, it’s important to do as much research as you possibly can. A good rule of thumb is to acquire at least three estimates from different movers. Moving estimates should be free, and if you are asked to pay for the estimate that’s better indication than any, they should be crossed off your list.
When contacting moving companies there are a few key questions you should always ask.
1. Is your company fully licensed and insured?
There are many “moving companies” that are fly-by-night outfits that are here one day and gone the next, simply because they do not have what it takes to stay in this business. A good indication they’re falling short is if they cannot produce proof of insurance. A professional moving company will have auto insurance, cargo insurance and a general liability policy to have you covered at all stages of your move.
2. What are your extra fees?
Moving companies are (unfortunately) notorious for not providing all their fees and extra charges upfront until they arrive at your destination and demand payment for double what you expected. The research and discovery phase of your move is the best opportunity to filter out companies who are reluctant to tell you of their fees. Some fees they could charge are, disassembly and re-assembly, stairs, cancellation fees, extra stop charges, travel fees, long carry fees, road taxes and tolls… The list goes on and on. The good news is, at MyProMovers we don’t tack on any of these ridiculous fees at the end and we’re completely transparent about our rates and all our charges. It’s our policy to tell our customers upfront what fees to expect and we always include them in our estimates.
3. How long have you been in business?
A good metric to judge the professionalism of a moving company is to ask how long they’ve been operating. A professional company that does a great job will be in business for longer, with a large customer base that goes back to use them repeatedly. Smaller, newer companies will be less likely to provide a professional service as they are still learning the ins and outs of the business. On the flipside, these newer companies could be the best place to score an amazing deal, but don’t expect them to have your back with insurance or customer support.
4. What are your rules for moving?
Movers have rules about what they’ll move and how they’ll move it. Some are less strict than others, but for example at MyProMovers we prefer not to move dressers filled with items. Chests of drawers and dressers are not engineered for moving, so the extra weight can be a burden on internal sliding mechanisms and rails. To ensure the fastest and safest move possible, empty your drawers! We won’t transport unlocked guns, ammo, flammable chemicals, tanks and large numbers of potted plants.
Save Money by Simplifying Your Life on the Move
We’ll be honest, moving can be expensive, especially if you don’t plan ahead. If you’re watching your budget like a hawk there are ways to cut costs on your move by decluttering and reducing the amount of stuff you’re moving. Score some amazing last-minute sales to cushion your budget on internet classified ads on sites like Craigslist, Ebay and Local Facebook Groups. You’ll not only save a lot of money on your move, but you’ll make life a lot simpler by shedding needless bulk. As an added bonus, you’ll get some money back you didn’t even think was possible!
Write it Off
If your move is related to your job the IRS allows a tax deduction. It includes not only the cost of moving your household goods, it will also cover travel expenses if you fly or gas you use to travel to your new locale.
Moving companies get busy around the new year. An important tip is to not wait until the last minute, be proactive. Contact us early, arrange for your movers and book your truck far ahead of your actual move. Start packing early so you don’t needlessly amp up the stress levels as moving day edges closer.
Moving in the new year can be a challenge but if you organize and plan ahead moving in the new year can be a positive experience for both you and your family!
MyProMovers is the most affordable and reliable moving company in the Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland area. We pride ourselves on our attention to our customer's needs and we ensure that every move is completed on time and within budget. Call us today at 703-310-7333 if you're ready to choose a mover who cares.