Getting the right moving price can be tricky, if you don’t plan ahead. Procrastination is one of the worst mistakes people make when planning a big move. Leaving important details like selecting a moving company for the last minute can really affect your bottom line and your overall moving costs.
Not Doing Enough Research
As soon as you know that moving is in your future, you need to start planning. One of the first things to think about, which can often be one of the costliest, is which moving company to use. There are two main factors to consider when selecting a moving company; cost and reputation. One of the best sources to gain information about a company’s reputation is a friend. Ask around. Chances are, many of your friends may be renters, just like you. Ask them about their experience with their moving company. Next, make a list and try to narrow it down to at least three companies. It’s sometimes best to go with smaller, local “mom and pop” operations because they know the community and will usually work harder to get and keep customers. Once you have your list, start calling around.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate with your movers. This is another reason why smaller companies are sometimes the better option. Larger national chains usually have set prices and would be less apt to negotiate. Make sure to let the moving company know that you are shopping around. This will create a sense of urgency. You want to send the message that if they fail to offer you a good deal, they risk losing a potential customer. Finally, while your situation may be dire, you do not want to let the company in on this! When you negotiate, you want to be calm, but assertive. You are in control and you can easily give your business to someone else. Remember, you are the one holding the money.
Paying for Services You Don’t Need
Bells and whistles are nice, but they come with a price. Spend the time to assess how much stuff you actually have so that you can determine how much square footage you will really need. You want a moving truck that is large enough to avoid multiple trips, but you should not rent something so large that you end of paying double the price. A moving company canl give you a quote based on what they estimate you will need, after looking at the items that you plan to move. But remember, that is an estimate and that price can change depending on how many trips they have to make and the actual size of the truck you end up choosing. Many moving companies offer services on their websites that actually calculate how much square footage you will need based on how many boxes or common household items you plan on moving. Use these resources. They are free.
It’s up to you to do the research and the leg work to make sure you get the best price.