|Name||License No||Phone No|
|McKendree Moving & Storage, Inc.||USDOT #1309579, MC #559049||301-232-5795|
|Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc.||USDOT #1031132, MC #464281, #420614000001||301-703-3173|
|Randall Moving & Storage||USDOT #230816||301-238-5440|
Few homeowners look forward to moving. However, you can make the process easier by hiring a professional moving company and knowing which questions to ask, what expectations to have, and, of course, whom to hire.
Costs and Estimates
There are a few different types of estimates used by moving companies. A binding estimate offers a set price covering only the goods and services listed on the estimate. The homeowner is obligated to pay the set price even if the weight of the shipment or the hours of service end up being more or less than the estimated amount. If additional services are requested later, the moving agency may revise the original estimate to include them for you. Non binding estimates are approximate; the final costs are determined after the shipment is weighed, or, for local moves, according to the total hours of service required. The initial price of a non binding estimate will usually be lower than that of a binding estimate, but it’s entirely possible that the final cost will be more than the quote. It’s recommended to obtain written estimates from at least a few different movers. Also discuss payment arrangements with the company well in advance of your move.
Sharing is Caring
One of the best things you can do when assessing moving companies is to explain exactly what you believe the move will entail. Getting the most accurate estimate depends upon your giving the most accurate information possible. Share any specifics regarding parking, the distance from the parked truck to the door, the floor level, and whether an elevator will be reserved. Most movers are glad to give a walk-through estimate.
Save Cash and Time
The moving industry is usually busiest at the beginning and end of the month, simply because most closings and lease expirations occur at these times. Moving in the middle of the month may get you both a better price and better service. You can also potentially speed up the moving process by taking some items yourself; some moving companies suggest starting with your plants, lamps, and pictures. Leave boxes and anything fragile for the movers, who have more experience handling them.
Help Them Help You
Effective interaction with the moving crew will make things proceed much more smoothly and pleasantly. You should learn each crew members’ name, taking special note of the crew leader. Acquaint the crew with the space, such as the location of the bathroom designated for crew use, where they can find drinking water, and where outside they may take breaks. You may also want to provide trash bins in the areas where thecrew will be taking breaks.