As you are comparing services available from different movers, you'll need to know what questions to ask to get an accurate idea of what you can expect. This will help you get an accurate idea of what to expect on your moving day. Here are 3 questions you can ask a residential moving service.
How Big Is The Crew?
While it is common for local moving companies to charge by the hour, that hourly rate is also based off of how many crew members will be assisting at the time. While as few as two people are needed to do the heavy lifting, it is common for teams of 4 movers needed to get the job done as well.
Always ask how many movers are going to be helping on the day of your move, which can help you determine the hourly rate per worker. You can use that information to compare the quote to other moving companies to find out who gives the better deal.
That said, a bigger crew is always going to be more efficient than a smaller crew. They'll work for less time, which means they won't slow down at the end as quickly from moving all your boxes and furniture.
What Materials Are Supplied?
Another cost to be aware of is how much you'll end up paying for moving supplies. While some moving companies charge you per item that is used, others charge a flat moving supply fee to cover everything. This includes moving blankets to cover large furniture, plastic wrap to cover surfaces and keep drawers closed, extra packing tape, and even bubble wrap to protect glass.
You may have a preference to use a company with a flat moving fee, that way you are not stressed over how many moving blankets are used to get the job done. You can let the moving company do its job and get everything to your new place in one piece.
How Much Is Insurance?
You should know that there are two types of moving insurance. You are always guaranteed basic insurance, but it may not be ideal since it gives you compensation for damaged items based on its weight. This means a 30-pound bookshelf is worth the same amount as a 30-pound TV, which are usually not two items of equal worth. You'll want to inquire about the additional insurance that will cover the full replacement cost of things that break during the move. You can then decide if it is worth the cost for some peace of mind.