Local Moving Services in Wichita Falls--Worth Every Penny - Part 2

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Getting an Estimate in Wichita Falls

You should get an estimate from a couple moving companies. You learned in our last post the questions they will ask you; read on for some questions you should be sure and get answers to.

Are your crews insured? If it is a company you're not familiar with, inquire to see a copy of their declarations page for the business insurance policy. Request their damages policy in writing, so that if something breaks you know the claim process.

Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about additional labor? Most companies will charge an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You might think three is unnecessary, but it's worth the expense since that third or even fourth person helps things go a whole lot faster when narrow hallways or cumbersome and heavy things are in the mix. You can have a couple of people doing disassembly and crating or packing while others do the heavy lifting; the movers are guys who work together every day and they're used to each having a specific job on the move, and they get the job done much quicker. It's not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with a charge for an extra man, if requested. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you might need multiple trucks anyway, so think about getting the extra men to get it finished in one day.

Do you charge for drive time? Is the crew off the clock for lunches and breaks? Companies differ with the drive charges. Usually, once they get to your house, the clock is running. Many times they will stop at a fast food place and eat lunch on the way to the new home, so there is not really any down time.

What if I only want packing help? that is fine, most companies will provide you an a la carte pricing quote--you can purchase everything from tape guns only to a six-man crew that will crate your golf clubs if you want them to. The prices for packing generally include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide variety of box sizes. Expect an hourly price for a packing team as a basic estimate. Just make sure and go through the verbiage on the quote so that you are aware of specifically what is and is not included.

What if I just want moving help? Some folks like to pack while they purge and sort, and so hiring people for that is just not constructive. Moving companies are willing to load, drive, and unload on moving day, but be sure you know their policies for what they can and cannot put on the truck. For example, anything hazardous or toxic cannot be loaded on the trucks. Nail polish remover is on the prohibited list, as are most cleaning supplies, household chemicals, and paint. Firearms may not be permitted on moving trucks, so you will have to open any safes so that the movers know what is inside of them.

Movers Are More Expensive Than Your Extended Family, but They Are Insured

Professional movers are not cheap, but your poker buddies or family won't pay a claim if something is damaged in the move. And, they are much more likely to hurt their backs or knees if they do not know the correct way to lift heavy furniture.

Moving to your new house should be exciting and good, so make the most of it by hiring professionals to do the job--save the DIY for your painting and landscaping. Click below to get started on your free estimate.
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