I spend a lot of time answering moving questions around the web at sites like Quora and Yahoo Q&A. Throughout the past year, I’ve noticed that the same questions are asked over and over again. Understandably, people sure do have a lot of questions about moving – and we want to help. So, we will be sharing some of our answers here and, if you have a question, please let us know and we will answer it in a post. Don’t be shy – if you are curious about something, then there’s a good chance others are, too.
We are going to start with the #1 most popular question we see on most every question and answer, or moving information, website we visit:
We know that one of the biggest concerns about moving is cost – and we wish we could answer this question with an exact dollar figure, or an accurate portrayal of which moving company is the least expensive. Unfortunately, it’s hard to recommend a “cost effective” mover, because what is expensive to one person is reasonable to another. Someone who is moving a five bedroom house will have a substantially larger bill than someone else in a one bedroom apartment. Someone who has expensive artwork will want to spend more on quality moving services, than someone who does not.
There really is no one-size-fits-all price for moving services because reputable movers charge by weight. Also, distance will further influence cost. Think about mailing a package – the price depends on size and distance. Sure, there are cheaper options (standard or overnight), but it’s up to the person mailing the package to determine which option is most valuable (and worth the cost – ie. cost effective) based on their individual needs.
Your best bet for finding a reputable mover and getting an accurate moving quote is to call some movers who are local to you and schedule appointments for their representatives to come to your home, see your belongings and give you an accurate estimate.
I always suggest starting with agents for the national van lines (disclosure: Holman is a United agent) only because you will be able to expect a certain level of consistency when it comes to equipment, claims procedures and moving options. There are also a lot of great independent movers, but you will want to vet them a bit more closely to ensure they are legit for the sole reason that you won’t be able to rely on the brand name. You can check moving companies out by obtaining their M.C. or DOT number and entering it into this form on ProtectYourMove. I also suggest visiting the Superlist at www.Movingscam.com. That said, when researching online reviews, it’s best practice to look for trends in the comments and disregard the outliers.
There are moving companies out there who claim to be the cheapest, but we would never want to point consumers towards a mover that provides substandard service at best, or is disreputable at worst. I realize that cost is always a concern, and that is certainly understandable, but when looking for a full-service moving company it is important that you put cost aside just a little bit. Often, the cheapest mover is cheap for a reason – I can say that, in this industry, you always get what you pay for.