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How to Find Good But Cheap Long Distance Moving Companies
Finding cheap moving companies is, perhaps, one of the biggest and most prevalent concerns that you will have when you find out that you will be relocating to a home in another state. Because moving to another state, or over any long distance, is complex and requires organization and lots of resources, it is important to start your search for cheap long distance moving companies as soon as you possibly can. The more time that you have to conduct your search, the better you will be able to handle the chaos that moving can bring to your home and your life.
Of course, the question remains, how exactly do you find the most affordable company to help you move all of your belongings from your current home to a home in another state, especially if you are already faced with financial turmoil? While any move, with all its accompanying tasks and required steps, will cost you more than you might want to spend, there are some things that you can do to reduce the overall costs that will have to come out of your bank account. Outlined below are just a few of these tips and tricks that you should remember if you want to seek out the cheapest long distance movers in your area.
Finding a Good Mover
There are a number of movers who undoubtedly operate in your local area. Many of them advertise the same things; that they care about you and your things and will offer the lowest prices for the services that you want to hire them for. Sadly, many of these companies only offer empty words rather than honest promises. It falls to you, the consumer, to take a look at all of the listings and available companies and weed out the ones that are not what you are looking for.
Because the moving industry is not well regulated, there are plenty of moving scams that run rampant throughout. One of the most common involves companies who offer low moving quotes and then hold goods ransom until the consumer pays the difference between the fake quote and the actual cost of the move. Other companies simply disappear with your things and are never heard from again. Avoiding such instances falls solely on the consumer, but there are ways to do so, which will help you make sure that you are finding cheap long distance moving companies rather than long distance movers who only look affordable on the outside.
Remember the following, and know your rights, as you begin your search for the right mover to handle your move.
- Brokers, who often give quotes, are not representatives of the actual movers, who are not legally bound to honor quotes given by brokers.
- Only binding moving estimates are legally binding contracts regarding the end cost of a move and the services therein.
- The Better Business Bureau is a good place to check when you want to verify the positive reputation of a company.
- Previous customers are often kept as references, so don't be afraid to ask your prospective moving company for such references to verify their reputation as well.
- Never settle for the first good deal that you find. Often, these deals are too good to be true and will end up costing you more in the end. Always get, and compare, multiple quotes from multiple movers before you make a final choice.
Extra Fees and Hidden Costs
One of the many things that people forget about when they are gathering moving quotes for a long distance move is the extras that may not be included in a basic quote. Sure, some companies will include some extras, but you should be aware of what's included and what isn't before you sit down to compare the quotes that you have gotten. Not sure what kind of extra's and fees to ask about? Consider the following so that you can approach prospective moving companies with the knowledge that you need to make this a pleasant experience rather than a troubling one.
- Insurance - It's never a good idea to let a mover handle your goods without some kind of insurance coverage. There are varying types, however, so look into movers' valuation, full replacement coverage, and traditional moving insurance before you allow a mover into your home. This will prevent you from losing even more money on having to repair or replace things that are lost, damaged, or destroyed throughout the moving process.
- Stairs and Distance - Most moving companies, especially those that operate over long distances, will only provide their services if they can pull up to the front of the home and easily move your goods out of your home. If there are obstacles, stairs, or if they have to park a long distance from the home's entrance, you can expect to be charged for the time and effort that overcoming these obstacles will require. The same will go for any items that you have that will require extra work to pack, load, or generally move. However, if the company knows ahead of time, they will use this information in determining the movers rates beforehand.
- Fuel Surcharges - In today's world, you will be very lucky to get away without having to pay some kind of fuel surcharge. Because the cost of fuel is always on the rise, moving companies that drive long distances will often have some kind of fine print in the contract that stipulates an overall cost per barrel that, if exceeded, will require consumers to pay an extra fee just to cover the fuel required to get your things, and the moving truck, to your new home. Expect to pay more the further your things are moving.
- Overweight Charges - While the movers did give you a binding estimate, always consider what might happen if your things weigh more than what was estimated. This is often expressed as the ten percent overage that they are allowed to charge even on a binding quote. Be sure to budget for that ten percent, as some movers will gladly charge it for your shipment coming in over the estimated weight written on the contract. Be aware, however, that this extra amount is not due on delivery and the mover cannot refuse to deliver your things because you refuse to pay it on the spot.
- Packing and Materials - If your long distance mover has to pack anything for you, if you've hired their packing services, or if you need some extra supplies to pack something at the last minute, expect to pay extra. Generally, you can request that packing services be included in your original quote, but if you need something at the last minute, you will have to add it to the cost expressed on your contract.
The True Cost of Cheap
We've all been there; the moment when you see a moving quote that is far lower than the price you've set in your mind. Unfortunately, these quotes generally come with a much higher price than what you might have imagined. For that reason, be sure that you heed the advice listed above so that you can avoid falling victim to one of the many relocation related scams that exist today. The sad truth is that moving is not a cheap venture, and even if you happen to find a so-called cheap moving company, the price is often not an honest one.
If you are truly interested in a cheap long distance moving company, then make sure that you follow all of the steps that are required when you want to find a good mover. In the end, a good relocation company will be what saves you from paying thousands of dollars more than what you might have planned or expected. When you know all of your costs up front and can bear the brunt of the move, you don't have to worry about what the company might not be telling you. While it doesn't look as good on paper as one of the low-quoting companies might, at least you will know that you are working with an honest and decent mover rather than someone who might damage or lose your goods, or who would otherwise create a moving nightmare for you and your family.