After you have obtained a few names of local moving and storage companies from friends, coworkers, online searches or other sources, it is time to do some research. You can easily find out a lot of information about moving companies online, which will help you to narrow down your options to a handful of potential companies.
The next step is to contact at least three or more of these local moving and storage companies and talk to them by phone or fill out an online form. Some companies will not provide an estimate by phone but rather ask to set an appointment to do an in-home survey for your estimate.
Depending on the move, some of the local moving and storage companies may provide a rate estimate based on questions they ask over the phone or some may not. Even if booking an appointment for an in-person visit by an estimator, be prepared to answer a few questions at the time of your first phone contact.
All local moving and storage companies will want to know the dates you want to move. With local moves every effort is made to do the move-out and move-in on the same day or two days back to back.
Ask the moving company about the rates for different times. Typically the summer months, weekends, and the first and last day of each month will be priced at a slightly higher rate than the middle of the week and fall to spring moves.
Contents of the Home or Business
For a phone estimate or even to get a general idea of the estimate before arrival, you will usually be asked by local moving and storage companies for the approximate size of your home or apartment. This can include the number of bedrooms, which is a good indicator of the size of the move or the actual square footage.
You will also be asked if specific items are in each room, which helps the individual get a clear picture of just what the move will entail. This is essential in both quoting a price as well as providing the right sized truck and moving team.
Unusual or Unique Concerns or Items
If you have any large or valuable items you want to move, it is important to talk about those in advance with the local moving and storage companies. These items could include appliances, specific pieces of furniture, antiques, artwork or other unique items such as large outdoor furniture.
Providing as much information as possible for the local moving and storage companies in advance of the move ensures they are fully prepared to handle the job.