Finding high-quality movers who offer incredibly low prices is like chasing a unicorn. However, in the ocean of moving companies, it’s definitely possible to find affordable movers. Yes, it will require you to know a few things about where to look and what to ask, but the effort is well worth it. The only prerequisite is that you know exactly what you are looking for.
Where to find affordable movers?
In order to find a trustworthy company, you’ll need to know where to start. There are many sources talking about moving companies available online. In general, various kinds of online portals, forums, company reviews, and even advertising can be a really good starting point. You will just need to know how to recognize signs, both positive and negative, so you can choose the best possible option.
Spread a word you are looking for affordable movers
People you know can provide you with much useful information. There is a great chance that some of your friends or family members can recommend a reputable company. Also, don’t forget about your coworkers and neighbors. Some of them might just be moved recently, or heard of it, and can share the experience with you. That way, you will have valid information about costs and services first hand.
Check the reviews about a potential moving company
Reviews are a great way to find out what others have to say about a particular company. Not all reviews are valid but you will be able to differ honest review from a dishonest one. If a company has numerous positive reviews that look natural and neutral, you might have a winner. Even if there are some negative reviews, they are usually described in detail so you will recognize if it’s a one-time flaw. Otherwise, continue the search.
If you have a few candidates, ask them for in house estimate
By now you will probably have a few choices so start calling them. Free online estimates are a good way to find out the approximate price. But don’t just stop there. Ask them for an in house estimate but avoid revealing your budget. There are numerous shady companies doing business out there which are making up the price on the go. To avoid that, ask for in house estimate to get real and more precise quotes. Don’t fall for the over-the-phone estimates. They are not, and will never be as accurate as in-house estimates.
Think about any additional moving service you might need
Scheduling your in-house estimate is a great opportunity to discuss further detail. You will have a better picture of your needs when talking with company representatives on the spot. Furthermore, it may come to your mind that you will need some of the additional services you didn’t realize before. Professionals will warn you about any additional costs like moving some sensitive items, or storage options. One more thing, make sure that you get everything in writing. Binding moving quotes are more secure than other options. Especially for long-distance moving.
Be ready to run away if…
- the company is not 100% licensed and insured
- they are asking for a large deposit upfront
- there is no information like physical address
- if the company is not registered with any specific name
- vehicles don’t have the company’s name on it
- if the deal is too good to be true
Once you get all the numbers it will be much easier to find affordable movers. Just compare what you got and make the right choice. But, be aware that the cheaper is not always the better.