Moving can be expensive. From buying packing supplies to paying shut-off/start-up costs for utilities to travel costs to get to your new home, the costs can add up quickly. One expense you have some control over is the cost of moving. While cheaper, do-it-yourself moves are always an option, not everyone has the time or back strength to go this route. To help, here are five simple tips to help you to find a reliable, but cheap moving companies in your area.
Tip #1: Start the hunt ASAP
As soon as you have your move-out and move-in dates confirmed, start looking for a moving company. Why should you start so soon? Word spreads quickly about high-quality, low-cost movers and this translates into regular bookings. To be one of the lucky ones try and start your moving company search at least three months before your move critical move date. Plus, you could even get a discount for early booking.
Tip #2: Ask for recommendations
While most moving companies claim to be the best or the cheapest, it’s a statement that’s hard to prove. One way to find out if it’s true is to ask friends, neighbours, and co-workers. See which company they would recommend and ask why. Personal recommendations are usually the best when it comes to finding a reliable and affordable moving company. Why? People won’t recommend a company that they had a bad experience with.
Tip #3: Get reviews
Another way to find good moving companies to read reviews online. Select sources such as MyMovingReviews, Yelp, HomeStars.com and Better Business Bureau provide an overall performance rating along with written reviews, which are usually quite descriptive. The rating and personal reviews by previous customers can help you determine if the moving company really does live up to their claims. Now, you can compile a list of the top three moving companies you want to contact.
Tip #4: Get an estimate
Filling out online forms and even an over-the-phone conversation rarely yields the correct moving quote. But if you’re moving on a budget, this may be your only option. That’s because moving companies that compete on price don’t have the time or the resources to provide precise in-home budgets. For that reason, it’s best to be as accurate as possible when getting an online or over the phone quote. If you have heavy items, such as a large record or book collection, make sure to tell the moving company. Neglect this information and you may be surprised by a higher-than-anticipated moving bill.
If you are planning a long-distance move and you really don’t want any surprises when it comes to costs, it may be better to go with a company that offers an in-house estimate. Most budget movers won’t offer this service, as it increases overhead, however, with an in-house estimate you will get a more accurate and precise moving cost quote which enables you to more precisely budget for this moving expense. To make the most of an in-house estimate visit, consider asking a few key questions, such as whether or not the company is licensed, carries insurance and their level of experience with your particular type of move This is also a good time to get historical information on the company, while asking about fees and the moving process.
At the end of the day, you’re looking for a moving company who is both professional and reliable in addition to being affordable and the right fit for you.
Tip #5: Compare and then schedule
To find the right company for you, make sure you interview or get a quote from at least three different companies. Make sure the company you select is insured and that the process works for you and your family. If everything adds up, then it’s time to call and schedule your move to your new home in Canada.
Have you moved on a budget before? What were some ways that you saved money? We’d love to hear about your tips and tricks for finding, booking and working with cheap movers in Canada or wherever.