Let’s move! Is rarely a phrase backed by positive connotations. This is because uprooting your current life is one of the more difficult, stressful, and emotional times of life.
While we might not be able to take the emotions out of it, moving doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Just as there are professionals in every other type of field, there are professional movers, and they are available to come to the rescue.
Especially if you are moving state to state, don’t get caught up in the anxiety of how will I move all my stuff? Will it fit? Which route should I take? And least of all, don’t leave your wallet open for all the unexpected expenses that might pop up.
Instead, hire state to state movers. These professionals will have the know-how to make your move as easy as possible, and you only have to pay them once. So it’s like paying one simple fee to get the job, instead of a million individual expenses to do it yourself.
State to state movers is available in your area. Make the right ‘move’ by letting these professionals do all the heavy lifting for you. There are just a few things you might want to know first.
How much are local movers?
The thing about local movers is, they’re local. That means local movers in one area will likely be different than the movers in another area.
You’ve seen all the sticker prices before $25 per hour, $60 per hour, even $120 per hour. These are some common rates in various locations and movers are supposed to work diligently to complete your move in a few hours as possible. For example, a studio apartment with 2 movers might take 3-4 hours.
When it comes to hiring local movers to move your stuff from state to state, the prices can become even more confusing. In these situations, the price is typically dependent upon the weight of your items and the distance to your new home.
The question is what are you really paying for? Here’s what local movers in your area are charging you for.
- Time: Time is one of the most important factors when it comes to moving. You don’t want to waste your time and your movers don’t want to waste theirs. The truth is, if you choose to do it yourself, you’ll be wasting more time than anything else, and how does this help anyone? Movers will charge you for the time spent on completing your move, but they are experts, so their time will be well-spent.
- Specialty items: If you’re moving just some clothes and a few dishes, then you have it made, but this isn’t the case for most people. Specialty items include large furniture, antique furniture, things like pool tables, pianos, etc. You most likely can’t even imagine moving these items without some professional help, and while the professionals are there to help, you will have to pay for it.
- Experience: What if it’s your first move? How do you even pack dishes in a box? A large part of why people hire professional movers is for their experience, and it’s a valuable thing to pay for. An experienced mover can better protect your belongings, move boxes more efficiently, and know which items should go where to ensure the safest travel. The only thing worse than paying for your move would be paying to replace your stuff – experience is a must.
- Price: It’s true, when it comes down to it, all you see when you picture professional movers is a dollar sign. At the end of the day, you are simply paying them one price, but if you can find the best local movers in your area, this price should include experience, professionalism, and all the excellent service you can imagine.
How do I find movers?
Finding movers is the easy part- they’re everywhere. Finding the right movers for your move is the tricky part.
It might all start with a simple Google search, but it ends with much more extensive research and time when finding the perfect movers. This is because it’s not just your stuff they’re moving, it’s your life.
If you’re wondering how to find the best movers to help establish your new life, here’s exactly how to find them.
- Start with recommendations. Nothing beats the word of a good friend or family member. If they had success with movers in your area, then you know it’s a company you can trust.
- Check the reviews. If your friends or family members don’t have any recommendations, read some reviews. These areas close as you’ll get to recommendations and reviews will tell you a lot about the customer service of a moving company. In the end, you want to hire movers that treat you (and your stuff) with the highest quality care.
- Screen some more. Reviews on Yelp are great, but the Better Business Bureau and American Moving and Storage Association actually confirm that the company has agreed to and followed all the regulations it should.
- Now you can get an estimate. By now you should have at least 3 or 4 companies on your list; if you don’t go back to #1. Call all of them for an in-home estimate. For the state-to-state moves, the company should give you a written binding estimate or a binding-not-to-exceed estimate. This means you get a guaranteed limit on what you’ll pay for your move, and these estimates are legal.
- Show the estimator everything. Everything in the closet, the backyard, even the attic, and don’t forget it. If it needs to be moved, make sure the estimator sees is. Then be sure to collect the following information: the company name, address, phone number, email, and website address; contact information for the company’s references; USDOT and MC (motor carrier) licenses.
- Review and compare. Some estimates might also be your order for service and bill of lading too, so don’t overlook the bid. Now the choice is up to you. All of your estimates should be within the same price range. If not, don’t always go with the extreme lowest one; figure out where the extra costs are coming in for higher bids, and make sure the lower bid doesn’t have any hidden fees. Once you see a bid/ company you like, don’t be afraid to negotiate with them before making your final decision.
- Confirm everything. We already mentioned the licenses your moving company should have, so call these lawful establishments and confirm that the licenses are indeed valid. It is also helpful to contact the FMCSA’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints hotline, to see if there have been any complaints filed against the company.
- Choose your mover. Once you’ve gone through all the steps above, consider your local mover found. Confirm your order details, date of move, and everything else at this time.
- Get an inventory list. On the day of your move, be sure to get a complete inventory list to make sure all your stuff is accounted for. Then provide any special instructions needed for moving upon arrival, and be sure that you can reach your movers during travel.
Can you hire movers to load a truck?
The best part about hiring professional movers is that it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ service. What you are looking for in a local mover might be different than what another person is looking for in their mover.
It might sound silly, but many people question whether movers can be hired to just load the truck. Just unload? Just pack?
The answer is: yes. Movers can be hired to do one or all of the above-mentioned. Many people find that movers are the most useful for just the loading and unloading part because packing things into boxes is easy.
There are several benefits to hiring movers to load (or unload) a truck, and the most important thing is- they’re faster. Packing those boxes has already been a tedious chore. If you ‘hire’ your friends, chances are you’ll get distracted and nothing will get done. Leave the heavy loading to a professional and your staff will be ready to go in no time.
In addition, movers know exactly how to maximize usable space within the truck, which ensures that all the stuff you need to move will fit, and reduces damage. Movers are like the most skilled Tetris players you’ve ever hired, and they are well worth it. It can be even more budget-friendly to do the packing yourself and leave the loading to the movers.
Whether you’re looking for local movers, state to state, or movers who will just load a truck, Pricing Van Lines is the company for you. Our company is specifically not a motor carrier, but we will organize and arrange for the transportation of your items by an FMCSA certified one.
So don’t just Google search local movers in your area, choose Pricing Van Lines instead.