Planning a local move comes with its own unique stresses, but hiring a professional moving company to move your possessions from point A to point B can save you a lot of time and worry. Of course, when trying to find a local moving company, you want to be positive you get the best value you can possibly get. As you find and get quotes from promising movers in Atlanta, here are some important questions to ask that will assist you to make your decision.
1. Is Your Quote Binding?
Ideally, you'll want to find a company that offers an in-home estimate to give you the most accurate quote possible. Going with a company that provides a binding or "not-to-exceed" price may also give you peace of mind in your decision.
2. Will My Things Stay in the Same Moving Truck in Atlanta?
Some moving companies may transfer your things from one truck to another during the transporting process, which should be sidestepped if at all possible. Transloading your possessions means handling them more than once, which definitely increases the chance of damage or loss. Unless storage is needed, finding a local mover that will leave your belongings on the same truck for a local move from residence to residence will diminish that risk.
3. What Type of Valuation Coverage is Included?
Most moving companies incorporate some basic form of liability valuation as part of their services, which most likely covers an amount based on the weight of the item that is damaged (for example, $0.60 per pound). But, this coverage may fall short for things that are not heavy, but cost a lot to replace. Full coverage options should be discussed at the time of your in-home estimate and can be purchased from the moving company for added peace of mind and assurance.
4. What Services or Materials May Cost Extra?
Make sure to find out exactly what is included with your quote, and ask what are some other services or materials that will result in additional charges. For example, if you'd like your fragile furniture to be pad wrapped or to have protective padding placed on your carpet while moving bulky items, you might face additional material and labor costs from some companies, so it is best to ask about these expenses upfront so there aren't any surprises down the road.
5. Is There Anything You Won't Move?
Most all movers will provide you an all-inclusive list of items that their movers can’t handle for liability or other reasons. Some examples of items you may need to relocate yourself (or make other arrangements for) include:
- pool tables
- grandfather clocks
- children's playsets
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we take great pride in the comprehensive moving estimates we are able to supply to our customers, all of which include a free in-home consultation. And unlike many other companies, we are also glad to provide expert tear-down, moving and assembly of items such as play sets, grandfather clocks, appliances, pianos and much more.
With over four decades of service to Atlanta and the surrounding communities, A-1 Freeman Moving is committed to making your next local move as smooth as possible. All of our moving crews are background checked and drug tested, and they have an average of 10 years of experience in packing, furniture protection, safety and loading.
To find out more about what we can do for you or to request your quote for a local move, contact us today. We look forward to serving you!