After you’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying a new home, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is that you need to hire movers to help you move out of your old home and into your new one. However, it is quite necessary to do so but there are many things you can do yourself to save both time and money. There are also many rights that consumers have that you may not be aware of which some unscrupulous Asheville moving companies try to take full advantage of to increase their earnings and profit margins. If you’re not careful when choosing a moving company, you can end up with damaged property, unforeseen charges and many other issues. So, in order to prevent this from happening and save you the most time and money, we will cover a few tips that will make your move a smooth experience.
Here are the ways you can be prepared for a stress free move:
First of all, one issue that you may run into are movers that try to stretch out their billable hours as long as possible by moving slowly on the job. If you’re moving within the same state, then the chances are that the movers assisting with the move are being paid on an hourly basis as oppose to a flat rate. So, if you see that the movers are stretching out the job and moving your items at an extra slow rate, then you should call the company and let them know. The company would want to have the job done as quickly as possible because the more time the movers spend, the more they will have to pay them.
Next, another tip to save you both time and money is to disassemble large pieces of furniture yourself before the movers arrive. Many people don’t realize how much time it takes to disassemble and reassemble furniture such as beds, cupboards, wardrobes etc. It can take the movers as much as 45 minutes just to disassemble one piece of furniture. Also, if they disassemble it, they will also need to reassemble it when it is transported to your new home which will add on even more billable hours. Therefore, you need to decide for yourself if it is worth your time to do this task yourself or not.
Another tip is that you shouldn’t trust movers who give you a estimate for the move, without even coming to look at your home and seeing what needs to be moved. These types of movers are often up to no good since they typically intend to give you a low estimation, then once the move is over, they will increase your bill quoting that there were more items that needed to be moved than was estimated. Get a quote, a price they agree on for the move, not just an estimate that could change on the day of the move. Therefore, you should always get in-house estimations first where the movers come and fully evaluate all the items in your home since they will then have to stick to their quotation.
When you’re looking for a moving company, you may be tempted to choose one of the more popular ones, get a quotation and simply hire that company for the job. An Asheville moving company would love for you to do just that, however, it is a great way to be overcharged. Instead, you should let market competition help to lower your costs by getting in-house quotations from at least a handful of different moving companies. Then, once you have those quotations, you will be able to make a better decision on which company you should choose. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should hire the cheapest company, but properly analyze the quotations to see which company offers the best value for money.
Many people are often put off by the cost of hiring a moving company and instead prefer to hire freelancers off of Craigslist or the classified ads to help move since they are significantly cheaper. However, this is a mistake since these individuals don’t typically have insurance and you will be liable for any injuries or damages. This is also the case with many seemingly legitimate moving companies and you should always check to see if they are licensed, bonded and insured. If you need to move from one state to another state, then the moving company needs to have an FMCSA registration which you can check online. You should also check that the company has liability insurance since this is required by law and will cover any damages that are incurred during the move. This will save you a significant amount of time, stress and money in the long run, especially if things go wrong.
In addition to ensuring that the moving company you choose has insurance, you should also take pictures of your items before the move. This will help you in the event that some of your items are damaged during the move since you will have proof via the pictures taken of the original condition of your items. This will help you when claiming for damages and ensure that you are fully protected. Of course, a good moving company will take a full inventory of all your items before and after he move to ensure that nothing is lost or damaged throughout the process. This extra layer of protection is still recommended even if the mover takes their own inventory since it will help you with any insurance claims that you may have to make after the move.
Your furniture and personal items are not the only things that can get damaged during a move since the walls, ceilings, floor and carpeting of both your old home and new home can also be damaged. This kind of damage can easily happen when moving items in and out of a home since furniture can easily break off a door handle and muddy boots can permanently damage carpet. This damage is usually prevented by using rug runners, door pads, shrink wrap etc. However, not all moving companies will add these onto your bill of lading, which may mean extra surprise charges at the end of your move. So, be sure to discuss this with the moving company beforehand and ensure that they are included in the quotation and bill of lading before the move begins.
Another way that you can save time and money is to do some of the packing yourself with the assistance of friends and family members. All you need to do is call and ask and provide sufficient refreshments such as beer, pizza and snacks and you can have most of your home packed up in a few short hours. If you don’t have enough people to help with the packing, you can hire a few day laborers online and the overall cost can be much less than if you allowed the movers to do the packing for you.
Take extra care to decide what things you should move yourself. Things such as personal items, important papers and family valuables will be better off if kept in your care.
Another time saving tip is to always ensure that you label all of your boxes and packages. This is critical since you don’t want to end up with tens and hundreds of boxes and not know where anything is. All you will need is a permanent marker and a package of labels for this task. Be sure to list the room that the box belongs to as well as a summary of all the items that the box contains. This will not only help you when searching for specific items but will also help the movers to place the right boxes in the rooms that they belong in.
When packing up items to move, there are a few things that you should move on your own. This would include valuable items such as money, jewelry and prescription medications. The last thing you want is to have any of these items to go missing and movers would want to avoid having the blame cast in their direction. So, be sure to keep these type of items with you to avoid any losses.
You should also take great care not to over pack boxes so that they become too heavy to move. Boxes that are too heavy will also have a greater risk of blowing out, which can create a mess and even cause damage to your personal items. The movers will then have to re-pack your boxes, which will take up extra time and cost you more, so this should be avoided at all costs. In the event that you don’t have enough boxes, there are many supermarkets and stores that offer these boxes for free or for a minimal cost.
During the day of the move, you should always be available in the event that the movers need to ask you any questions. Some people tend to disappear during the move since they think that they need to stay out of the way. While this may be true to some extent, you should still be easily accessible so that they can quickly get answers to any urgent questions. You should also make sure to let them know which items are fragile so that they can be packed in specially labelled boxes and handled with extra care.
Packing up an entire house takes time and if you’re doing most of the packing yourself, then you should always make sure that you finish packing the day before the move. If the movers arrive and you’re still packing, then they will have to wait which means more billable hours that you will have to pay for. This will also add on to the time it takes for the actual move, which is not only costly but also time consuming.
One mistake that you should avoid when moving is packing up the entire house without packing essential supplies for yourself and your family. The moving process will take a considerable amount of time, especially if you’re moving from one state to another. Therefore, you need to keep in mind that you will need a few changes of clothes, personal care items and food not only for yourself but everyone in your family. Therefore, be sure to pack a few separate bags with all of these items that you can carry in your personal vehicle. This will ensure that everyone is comfortable and well taken care of during the process and you don’t have to worry about frantically searching through boxes to find these items.
Don’t choose your moving company based on price alone, read reviews, ask questions, ask to see their licence and insurance. Take due care to ensure a you have hired a great, caring company.
Now that we have covered a few tips for saving time and money when moving from one home to the next, we will now take a look at how to choose a moving company in Asheville, NC. You should always do your home work when browsing through possible moving companies and the best way to do this is to search for online reviews from past customers. This can easily be found through a simple Google search and will let you know whether the company is known for adding on extra chargers, if their movers are slow and inefficient or if they simply have poor customer service. You should avoid companies that have a lot of negative reviews since this will save you a lot of trouble.
Another way to find a good moving company is to ask for recommendations from your family and friends. Most people would have moved at some point in their lives and as a result, would know which companies provide good service and which ones don’t. So, be sure to ask for opinions and recommendations and then do further checks on those companies before deciding on calling for a quotation.
Once you have a list of companies that you’re interested in, you should take the time to visit their head office so you can inquire about their rates and process. During this meeting, you should be able to get a better sense of the company and if they don’t provide the customer service that you require, simply move onto the next company on your list.
In closing, when it comes to hiring an Asheville area mover, it does pay to do your home work. However, once you find a great company and follow the above tips for saving time and money, I am certain that your moving process will run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.