Cheap Movers in Sitka
Moving is one of life’s unique challenges that can be managed effectively if given enough time and forethought. Moving is extremely common these days and there are a multitude of moving companies who have honed in their craft over the years and provide fantastic service for their customers. With locations like Sitka, Alaska, you’ll find yourself presented with a range of movers who know the area and want to take on your move. Finding the best and most reputable movers can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for. Thankfully, there are resources out there to get you moving to your specifications.
Hiring Professional Movers
If you decided to recruit a mover to aid you in your relocation you’ll want to make sure they have a USDOT number if they travel and move across state lines. You can search the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration database to ensure their number is valid. Most states do have their own licensing requirements as well, but they are on a state by state basis. You’ll also want to investigate as to what type of standard insurance your potential mover offers. It is federally required to offer it and it’s wise not to work with a mover who can’t provide that information.
The best way to search for a moving service to type keywords into google and see what it generates. Word combinations such as, “movers near me” and “movers in Sitka, Alaska” will provide a list of companies in your area along with details about their business, offerings and location. Pay particular attention to recent reviews, pricing and what kind of estimates they are willing to offer. Recent reviews are important because it may be a more realistic example of the type of moving experience they currently provide. Also ask about binding and not to exceed quotes. They work best for the customer because the cost is provided before the moving day and removes the possibility of extra charges being tossed in if something comes up.
The benefit a moving company provides is usually pretty substantial depending on the level of service you go with. If you go with a full service move, the entire moving process is done for you. From packaging, transporting and unloading, they do it all! This gives you time to focus on other areas of your move and greatly reduces your risk for injury. Or, you may want to package your own items and have the movers take it from there. No matter the level of service you require, your movers will save you time and energy.
The Cost of Moving
Having movers tend to your relocation is more affordable than meets the eye. For starters the entirety of your moving expense is all under one roof. From laborers, fuel, trucks, packaging material, moving equipment, the totality of your cost is typically lower when you bundle services from a single vendor. Secondly, your items are insured and transported by moving professionals which can prove to be invaluable in case of an emergency. There is no price for peace of mind and there are ways you can further reduce the cost on your own.
- Packing your own items
- Move during the non-peak times of the year such as the fall and winter, weekdays and non-holidays
- Acquire cardboard boxes from local stores in the area to save money on packaging
- Use blankets, towels, washcloths and extra paper has insulator for your boxes
- Negotiate the price with your mover and do a price comparison if need be
- Seek out additional organizational savings such as by being AAA or AARP members
- Sell your unwanted items online and host a garage sale
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.
About A1’s Moving and Storage Solutions
A1 can handle any move big or small, near or far and we welcome the opportunity to talk about your move and how we can be of assistance. We offer a variety of services including:
- Partial and full service moves
- Partial and full packaging services
- Delivery options
- Residential, industrial and commercial relocations
- Auto transport and large item moves
- Local, regional, state to state and international moves
Preparing for a Move
A lot of preparation goes into a move so you can hit the ground running when you arrive at your new residence. It’s unfortunate trying to enjoy your new home without electricity or to miss an important letter because you didn’t change your address in time. A fantastic measure to thwart these sort of occurrences is to make a checklist that caters to tasks as they need to be handled. We recommend getting a list going as soon as two months prior to your relocation date. Each week leading up to your move date should present you with different tasks you’ll want to handle. An example of some tasks you should consider making note of looks like:
- Change address with the Post Office
- Transfer utilities (electricity, gas, internet, water, sewage, trash)
- Request time off work
- Create an inventory list of all items and boxes
- Update address with the school and Doctor’s office
- Make time to get together with the neighbors
- Hire a babysitter for the pets and kids on moving day
- Service vehicle
As moving day approaches you’ll want your home as prepared as possible so your movers can work within the agreed budget and transport your items efficiently. When readying your home for your movers, move all of your packed boxes to the walls of the rooms. This will allow your movers to work room to room and will keep the foot traffic areas free of distraction. With the walkways and floors being clear, place down a line of plastic to protect your floors from damage during the move. Also be sure to leave space available for your movers to park and set up their truck. Have your inventory list on hand when the movers begin putting your items into the truck. They will also have an inventory list and in case anything comes up, it’s good for you to have one to compare to.
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.