Moving can be stressful and expensive especially if you leave everything to the very last minute. You may think that the best way to save money is to do all the moving related things on your own like getting a truck and asking a few friends to help you pack and load your belongings and although that may represent a lower cost the truth is that it may also represent more stress.
Being well informed and planning ahead is definitely the best way to get the full value of a professional moving company for less. Why would you do everything on your own when you can get the experts to do it? Exactly!
Knowing when the best time to move is can have a very positive impact in your wallet.
Check out some of the most recent statistics for 2016 regarding the moving industry.
Best Time of the Year
Summer is one of the busiest time of year for the moving industry. This means that due to the high demand May to September will be the months to avoid in order to save some money. Based on that the best time of the year to move and get the best value is the winter ( anytime between January -April or October-December).
Best time of the month
Moving and Real Estate are related industries. Most people choose to move right after their monthly lease is done so this means that the best time of the month to get the best value is right in the middle.
Best day of the week
The busiest days of the week are Friday, Saturday and Monday so the best days to book your move would be Wednesday through Thursday.
There you have it planning and being well informed is key to have the best value for less!
5 Tips to Choose your Mover
If you are moving soon and you don’t know where to start. This is for you ! Find below 5 simple steps to help you choose the right mover for you!
Find the best movers near you!
Before you take advantage of any professional moving service you need to know who those moving companies are. Here are some tips so you can find the best match for you:
Go online: Make the best use of technology ! You don’t need to leave the house in order to find the moving company that will best suit you!
Some sites like www.consumeraffairs.com/movers inquire on what your moving needs are so they can find the best option for you.
- Get recommendations!
Word of mouth is the original social media platform. So why not take the time to ask your friends, co- workers, neighbors on what their experience has been with any given moving company.
- Make sure your mover is legitimate!
Once you know what your options are make sure the mover is registered with the federal government!
You can go to : https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/search.asp and search by company name.
Check out the moving company in the American Moving & Storage Association
The AMSA has a program called “Promover”. A company that is certified as a promover:
- Is licensed and insured
- Complies with Federal Regulations
- Maintains Acceptable BBB Ratings
- Is Vetted and Certified by AMSA
- Abides by Ethical Business Practices
- Check for reviews!
Here are some sites that will allow you to gain some perspective on other people’s experience:
Get estimates from different companies but make sure to develop your list of priorities so you don’t compromise quality for price.
Non-allowable item is the term used in the industry referring to the items that professional moving companies will not transport.
It is important to know what these items are in case you are doing the packing. Knowing what you can’t bring will also save you valuable time!