Does it pay to Go Cheap when moving?

Jul 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Market Update

Cheapest movers | The Sahuarita ConnectionHiring a mover (or moving company)¬† in Tucson can seem like an easy thing to do and you may be tempted to hire the lowest bidder. After all, they all pack, transport and deliver, right? Not so fast. If you’re not careful, you could end up paying unnecessary charges or with damaged property. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories from my real estate clients over the years, so I’d like to share some tips to help you prepare for your move.

1. Hire a Licensed, Bonded, Insured and Registered Moving Company.
Yes, you may pay a bit more, but it will be worth it to know your movers are governed by federal and state regulations.

2. Get at Least Two In-Home Quotes
Do NOT try to estimate how long it will take movers to pack your stuff and then attempt to get quotes over the phone. There are companies who give quotes over the phone or online, but you shouldn’t trust those estimates. It’s too easy for them to charge more than their quoted amount simply by saying your furniture was difficult to break down or that there was more to move than they anticipated. Get a full itemized in-home quote in writing and ask for full disclosure of any and all charges associated with the move.
Ask if rug runners and door pads that are used to protect your carpets and door frames are included in the cost, as well as shrink-wrapping and insurance coverage. Again, get it all in writing!

3. Watch the Time
If you chose a company that charges hourly rather than flat fees, you may consider breaking apart some of your furniture yourself to save money. Keep in mind that you will have to reassemble the furniture yourself on the other end. Movers will only put together what they took apart. You should also plan to stay home while the movers are packing or unpacking, to make sure they aren’t wasting time on your dime.

4. Record your Valuable Belongings.
Make a video or take photos of your valuable belongings and furniture. If anything ends up missing or damaged, you can use your photos to prove the condition of the items prior to your move. The mover will provide you with an inventory list that serves as a receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Make sure you agree with the description of your household goods and get a written copy of it and before the truck leaves your house.

5. Before your moving day, go to https://www.protectyourmove.gov/consumer/awareness/ rights/rights.htm