Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions when preparing for a move. Click on each question to see the answer.
Preparing to move
What is the right time to book with a mover?
At least a month before your scheduled move. Some customers prefer calling movers 6 weeks ahead of the date to avoid last minute complications.
Can I claim homeowners insurance if my stuff is damaged in the move?
If you have insured any item against damages caused by fire or accidents, and the item does get damaged in transit, you can claim the cover. Experts say it is best to consult your insurance company for on the insurance terms for hassle-free claim settlement. Usually homeowners insurance covers damage caused in moving.
Can I make an estimate of the moving cost on my own?
You can always arrive at an approximation. Check out online sites. Many moving businesses offer free cost calculator tools. For detailed pricing reports, contact local movers and ask them for in-home estimations for interstate moves.
Can I save money if I pack myself?
Doing some or part of the packing yourself can cut down on costs
Do I need to make an advance payment to the mover?
You may be required to pay at least 20% of your moving cost as a deposit. Consider asking your mover if this is refundable in case the move gets rescheduled or even cancelled.
Do I really need to hire a mover?
Hiring professional movers reduces the chances you’ll get injured moving heavy and awkward items twice, once on the packing and once of the delivery end. Also, movers will have the right equipment to move your items. Hiring them also frees you up to finish all the last minute details of your move.
Do large items mean additional charges?
It differs from mover to mover. It is best to ask the mover during a face-to-face estimation. Make sure the mover clarifies the charges for big or heavy items; especially if those are things that you cherish and can’t leave behind.
Do movers deliver on an agreed-upon date or are there delays?
Usually interstate moves take more than a couple of days to finish. In such cases, your moving company will offer you a timeframe of expected delivery. When you are finalizing terms, take a moment to see if the window is suitable for you. They must fulfill your moving needs.
Do movers offer storage facilities?
Most movers offer storage services either at their own facility or use a third party storage. They levy additional charges for storage and delivery. Ask them beforehand what the storage and deferred delivery charges are likely to be.
How can I keep packing within the budget?
Try to find cheap alternatives to packing paper. Clothes, sheets, old newspaper, plastic rolls, towels – use everything that fits.
How can I make my move cheaper?
If you are moving interstate, you will be charged by weight. Cut down on excesses and eliminate useless stuff. Lighter boxes attract lower charges.
How can I reduce wastage due to moving?
Ask your mover if they reuse or repurpose boxes for moving. Your local U-Haul centre can provide you with free used boxes
to reduce wastage.
How long will it take to get my items delivered?
Your mover should be able to give you an approximate date and time of delivery. However, road conditions and other unforeseen factors may push back arrival. Stay in constant touch with your mover throughout the transit.
How soon will movers finish loading the truck?
It depends on the number of movers, the quantity of boxes and the area of the house. On an average, 3 movers will take almost the whole day to clean out a 2000 sq ft house. If more movers work together, you can expect roughly eight to ten hours.
Is it better to move on weekends or weekdays?
Odd days may make it easier to find more movers at lower costs. Wednesday, for example, is a better moving day than Saturday.
Is winter a good time to move?
If you are moving in winter, experts say that you keep indoor heat setting on low. Before the stuff arrives at your new home, it is a good idea to keep the HVAC system turned on. This way you can quickly move indoors and have a ready supply of warm water.
My new home is not ready. Will movers deliver my things to a temporary storage if I can arrange for it?
It varies. However, there is an increasing tendency of most movers to agree with the arrangement. This is quite beneficial since you can both access your stuff and pay less. Once your new destination is operational, you can connect with local movers to deliver to boxes to your new destination. Temporary moving storage
is an attractive option – easy and affordable.
What do moving brokers do?
Moving brokers connect customers and moving companies. They may assist you in move estimation, find out the best mover for your needs and even get you a discount or flat rates. Brokers make the moving process easier. Finding and arranging a move on your own could be more expensive than when you do it through a broker. Just make sure your mover is properly licensed and that they have agreed to move for you.
What extra charges can I be billed for beside the moving cost?
It is a good idea to ask your estimator if they charge extra for fuel or parking. They might also have charges for going up and down the stairs at your residence or the delivery address.
What if my goods are going to storage, but I need a few items at destination for temporary housing?
Ward will gladly coordinate delivery to separate locations. It’s best to determine what items you want delivered to temporary housing before your shipment is packed and loaded. This will assure items are inventoried for delivery to the correct location.
What if my new house doesn’t have parking or the street is too narrow for the truck?
Inform your mover of the condition of the delivery location. Be specific about closed roads or restrictions, traffic and obstacles. Some movers do charge customers for every extra foot they cover to deliver your items.
What is the best time to notify an address change?
To avoid last-minute confusions, experts suggest notifying an address change at least a couple of weeks before the move date. Apart from family and friends, your doctor and dentist, your bank and insurance firm and schools need to be informed of this update.
What is the ideal moving date?
Assuming there is no rush, you may plan your move to coincide with school holidays. Summer is usually the peak season and the beginning and ending of the months see a high volume of moves. Winter and fall are the lean move seasons to consider. Additionally, movers are more easily available mid-month and the charges are lower.
What is the moving cost for local, across-the-town moves?
Local movers usually offer an hourly rate that covers labor, truck and packaging. However, many local movers will need to be booked for at least two or four hours for moving across the city.
What time is the best to move to keep moving costs down?
Summers see a steep rise in moves. Try to avoid June, July and August since companies struggle to fulfill orders and charges are high. A good time to move would be weekdays covering the middle of the month.
Where can I get help for smaller and shorter moves?
You may consider hiring additional help for a few hours. Online sites and apps like Taskrabbit
connect you with persons who can assist. Many of these businesses provide properly licensed and insured persons. The company pays for staff injuries or property damages.