Cheap Movers in Prattville
On average, Americans will relocate at least 7 times in life and this only refers to folks moving to a new house and doesn’t include business owners moving their headquarters elsewhere. Overall, moving is difficult and as people we have to endure it all too often during the course of our lifetimes. Fear not, there are institutions that have been relocating people for years and have the entire process down to a science. Prattvile, Alabama sees it’s fair share of relocations and there are many cheap moving options in that part of the U.S. Cheap doesn’t always equate to good value and there are traits to every business that you’ll have to balance to make a strong decision.
Why Hire Professional Movers?
Not every move requires the outsourcing of help. Is your move particularly small and simple? Do you have friends that will have the time and resources to facilitate your life transference? These, amongst other questions, you’ll want to ask yourself before deciding between using a moving service or not. Once you have answered these sort of questions and are curious as to the right moving company for you, then look no further.
What to Look for and How to Choose a Moving Company
With a decision as important as selecting a moving company, you’ll want supreme trust in the individuals transporting your livelihood. From being punctual to having professional experience for your type of move is all too important. Here’s what to look for:
Online reputation carries more and more credence as time goes on, and when selecting a mover, it’s no different. Compare and contrast reviews from different sites such as Google, Yelp, Facebook and the BBB. Pay particular attention to recent reviews for the very same workers may be sent out to tend to your home.
Make sure your potential mover has their licensing, certifications and insurance updated and in check. This includes a USDOT number for movers that travel across state lines, motor carrier numbers, license numbers, state mandated moving insurance minimums and any other accreditations (elective or not) that give you buying confidence.
A reputable mover will provide an in home estimate. A fantastic mover will provide an in home estimate along with a binding quote. A binding quote locks in a price that can’t be raised during your move. So if an unforeseen circumstance occurs during your move, some movers will push that cost onto the customer. This can’t be done if the estimate is binding.
Get to know your moving company before employing them for your relocation. Call their customer service and inquire as to their equipment and trucks (modern trucks save gas). Schedule a time to walk around their location and pay mind to the cleanliness and disposition of the workers.
A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.
The benefits of hiring a mover are instantly felt when that fateful day arrives. And depending on the level of service you are seeking, completely off your hands and off your mind. They will have the proper hauling equipment, packaging, boxes, vehicles, experienced laborers, insurance and much more. A mover can tend to the process as little or as much as you want. If you opt in for full moving and packing services your items are handled for you.
Moving Costs and You
There may be some misinformation floating about as to whether or not a moving service provides proper value for your time and money. Much of the consideration stems from how we value our time, our access to packing materials, the physical and mental energy required and if we have the resources to facilitate the moving from proper vehicle sizes to fuel costs and labor help. The real question is how the costs relate to your budget and to what degree do you want to DIY your move. Since everyone is different, some of those considerations carry more weight than others. Most movers do offered tiered services and going with the certain offerings can strike a balance between execution and budget. As in most areas, there are ways to save money and a lot of it has to do with getting the process started as early as possible. Looking to hire a mover 2 months before your move date is pretty standard.
Money Saving Tips
- Some other cost savings tips include acquiring as much boxing/packing/insulating and adhesive materials you can ahead of time. Local stores usually have a bevy of boxing and extra paper around.
- Garage sales are a great way to connect with the community before departing, earn some cash before your move, and save money on weight/gas expenses on the way out. Most folks have items around the house gathering dust that could provide a ton of value for someone. Sell those things and reap the benefits.
- Linens, blankets, towels, wash clothes, and the like make excellent insulating material for fragile items, while still getting transported themselves.
- Books are heavy and add to the total weight on a truck. Using the United States Post Office’s media mail service will allow you to ship ahead of time and save money.
About A1’s Moving & Storage Services
A-1 Auto Transport has been an industry leader in transports and relocations over the past 30 years. We offer a myriad of services for nearly every stage of your move, start to finish.
- Home and Office Relocation
- Commercial and Industrial Relocations
- Heavy Furniture, Large Pieces, Antique and Specialty Moving
- Tiered Services Offerings Including Partial and Full Services Packing and Moves
- Local, National and International Moves and Transports
- Recycling and Storage Services
Preparing for a Move
Depending on the size of your move, there are usually many plates being spun before you actually load up. A solid way to compartmentalize your workload is to make task lists for before you move, moving day, and after you move in. It will help you focus on what needs done immediately while letting the less pressing tasks take a back seat. While on the subjects of lists, prepare an inventory list of all your items before the movers come. They will also compile a list and it will be handy to compare in case of discrepancies.
If you decided against using full packing services, start packing up your rooms based on how often they are used and as soon as a couple months before your move date. As the date draws nearer your inventory list will grow and it’ll help you decide what’s worth keeping and what isn’t. Be sure to label each box appropriately as to the room it came from and what is contained within it.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.