The stresses that moving can present often result in people enlisting professional movers help to assist with their transition. There are numerous benefits associated with hiring professional movers for your relocation.
When you outline your moving goals, the chances are high that getting the move done as quickly and efficiently as possible is one of your primary goals. Professional movers have the skills and experience to outline a game plan to pack, transport, and unpack your items at a fast rate. Nobody likes carrying heavy boxes and household items. Hiring some helping hands can ease the physical toll that moving can take.
We understand that you're looking for reliability, safety, and peace of mind when selecting movers to hire. These traits can be easy to find in reputable moving companies—but finding a moving company that provides high levels of professionalism can often be associated with a steep price tag.
We're here to discuss how you can find cheap movers in your area without compromising the quality of service that you receive. The first step in hiring professional movers to help with your residential relocation is to start looking for a moving company to work with as early as possible.
Why Do I Need to Shop for Movers as Early as Possible?
Long story short, the earlier you begin searching for cheap movers, the more opportunities you'll have to locate movers that are affordable and reputable. If you begin your search for cheap movers early, you'll have more companies to choose from, a higher likelihood of receiving discounts, and more overall flexibility.
Naturally, the most affordable and professional moving companies are going to be the first to get booked. If you get a head start on the race for cheap movers, you'll find more opportunities that suit your needs. It's helpful to begin your search for cheap and efficient movers a few months in advance.
You might be wondering how booking movers ahead of time might make you eligible for a discount. Many moving companies will offer early bookings discounts as they want their schedule to be filled up in advance. As a mover, you want a moving company to offer you flexibility during the booking process. By flexibility, we mean that you have many moving dates to choose from instead of just a handful.
But does it matter when you move?
Yes. Booking a moving appointment over a weekend will cost more money as people who work full-time are generally off over the weekend. A moving company that's flexible during the moving phase will be able to provide you with opportunities to book during less expensive times like during the week or after the peak moving season dies down. Summer is generally the priciest time to move as people like to take advantage of the temperature climate to transition more smoothly.
So, you're on board with the idea of starting your search for quality movers early, but you're probably wondering how you can identify moving companies worth working with. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the number of moving companies listed online, don't underestimate the power of personal recommendations!
How Can a Personal Recommendation Help Me Find a Cheap Moving Company?
It's easy to feel like you're drowning when you're stuck sifting through a large number of moving companies in your region. Every company promises that they're the best, both in pricing and in quality. Consider consulting with friends, family, and co-workers in your area to see if they have experience with a moving company in your area and whether or not they would recommend the company after working with them. Online reviews are an excellent resource, but they lack the trust element that you can attain through consulting people you know.
When you approach people you know to seek moving company recommendations, do your best to acquire information regarding how affordable the moving company was and how efficient they were during the entire moving process.
If you hit a wall after asking friends, family, and co-workers whether or not they have a moving company recommendation, your next best bet is to read online customer reviews.
How Do I Sort Through Online Reviews for Moving Companies?
The most important aspect of reading online reviews for moving companies is ensuring that the sources you're deriving information from are reliable. Sites like the Better Business Bureau offer people opportunities to research the reputation of moving companies in an organized and trustworthy fashion. After searching for a moving company on a site like the Better Business Bureau, you'll have access to the organization's customer reviews, customer complaints, contact info, and an overall rating and accreditation.
When you're browsing moving company reviews online, search for reviews that highlight a company's ability to provide you with an affordable rate without lacking in performance.
Once you identify a few moving companies that you're considering working with, it's time to go deeper into your search and run thorough background checks on each organization you select. Background checks serve to validate whether or not a company is trustworthy.
How Do I Run a Background Check on a Moving Company?
You don't have to be a private investigator to conduct a background check on a moving company. Most of the time, the internet will give you all of the information you need. The six items you need to examine a moving company for when running a background check are licensing, reviews, prices, professionalism, how the company handles payment, and the moving contract.
Every legit moving company needs to hold proper licensing to legally conduct their business. Each state has its separate requirements for moving company licensing. If you're curious about what regulation moving companies face in your state with licensing, check out our article 'License Requirements for Moving Companies'. You'll find helpful information pertaining to short-distance moves, long-distance moves, and international moves.
Earlier, we touched on how reading online reviews can help locate affordable and professional moving companies, but what's essential is how closely you read online reviews. It's a big red flag if a moving company has no online reviews. When a moving company does have online reviews, examine the differential of positive reviews vs. negative reviews. If the positive reviews laud the moving company for affordability and professionalism, you're on the right track. Evaluate any negative reviews to see how big or small the issues people were facing are.
When we ask you to measure a moving company's professionalism, we want you to note how the company treats you during a consultation. Signs of professionalism in a moving company include listening to your needs, sending representatives to your home to provide a more accurate in-person estimate (if you give the go-ahead to do so), or providing you with an exceptional online platform to receive a thorough estimate.
If a moving company requests that you pay a large up-front payment or only accepts payment in cash, these are both warning signs that the organization is not top tier. All professional moving companies should present you with a moving contract that's complete. Once you gather a group of companies that passes basic background check requirements, compare the quotes you receive.
How Do I Compare Different Moving Estimates?
We understand that you might be eager to select the lowest moving estimate you receive. While we're all for helping you get the lowest moving estimate possible, an estimate that's surprisingly low could be an indicator that the company is fraudulent. If you're looking for more information on the lowest one or two estimates you receive, consider calling up the moving company representatives and request information that supports how the quote was priced.
Once you have your quotes in order, feel free to try and negotiate with the moving company you prefer working with. During a negotiation, you could discover that you're eligible for certain discounts that moving companies offer. A trick to possibly lower your price when working with a moving company is to google the organization's name along with the keyword’s 'discounts' or 'coupons.'
We understand that you have many moving companies to consider working with when planning your transition. Here's how A-1 Auto Transport cuts through the noise.
How Can A-1 Auto Transport Assist with My Moving Needs?
Whether you're looking to move long-distance, internationally, or state-to-state, we'll cover you every step of the way. We make it easy to request a quote so you can weigh your options and set your move in motion. If you're interested in requesting a quote from us, give us a call or click our 'Get an Instant Quote' button to begin. Part of what makes a moving company worth working with is the perks they offer.
We work to make the process of moving as transparent and seamless as possible through providing:
- Satellite tracking for shipments
- Licensed, bonded, and insured carriers
- Comparison of free no-obligation rate quotes
- Links to reputable review platforms like Google
Feel free to visit our contact page for information on how to reach us through email or telephone. We respond quickly and are ready to assist with your house, apartment, condo, or office building move.
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.