Deciding to move is often very difficult for some people, and there are many factors that make it so. To begin with, you may be pulling up stakes that have been firmly planted for years and entering a world that you are unfamiliar with. Leaving family and friends is hard to do, especially when you have lived in your current neighborhood for a long time. even those who have only lived in one place for a few years can still find it challenging when packing up to move one more time.
One way to reduce the amount of stress encountered during a move is to hire professional help. Movers, who make a living helping other people relocate, are well trained in getting this task completed efficiently and sometimes under budget. Since it is the matter of the budget that causes much of the stress related to moving, that is what we will address here.
Most people have advance notice of one to three months that they are going to move. A lot of times that notice is much longer and can be up to a year or more. Anyone getting ready for a move should start early making preparations. One of the key elements of preparing to relocate is finding the best and least expensive moving company. This may sound like a no-brainer, but did you know that many people turn to the moving company that is most familiar to them?
While going with a company that you know and trust may be a wise move, unless you get a number of moving quotes you will never know if you are getting the best deal. Besides, by getting several quotes you will have something to haggle with even if you do go with a company that you have done business with before. Some movers are willing to meet or beat competitor’s prices, and that can save a lot of money.
Finding a cheap mover to help you relocate is not just about money either. It is also about quality. Before allowing any moving company to enter your home to load your belonging onto a moving truck, check them out thoroughly first. There are several ways to do this. First, ask to see their license and DOT registration then check this out with proper authorities. See what the BBB has to say about them. This group may have paid members, but in order to be a member a company has to be asked. The BBB does not ask disreputable businesses to apply for membership.
Since you are planning ahead, plan to move during the right times. Most people move at the beginning or ending of the month and during warmer summer months. That drives up demand and the cost of moving at these times. Planning to move in the middle of the month and the off season can save quite a bit on the expense of moving.
Don’t forget to ask for discounts. You can do this in person or visit the company website to see if there are coupons you can use there. Some movers also honor certain membership groups and will provide discounts through them, so if you are a member of a nationally recognized group be sure to ask for a discount that may be available.
Moving doesn’t have to be the most challenging time of your life when you know how to make it easier, and finding a cheap mover is one way to do that.