Local Moving Services in Atlanta--Worth Every Penny - Part 2

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Getting an Estimate in Atlanta

You should get an estimate from various moving companies. You previously learned the questions they'll ask you; here are some questions you should be sure and get answers to.

Are your crews insured? If it's a company you're not familiar with, inquire to see a copy of their declarations page for the business insurance policy. Ask for their damages policy in writing, so that if something breaks you are prepared for how the movers will handle the claim.

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 could think three is unnecessary, but it is worth the expense since that third or even fourth person can make things go a whole lot faster when stairs or awkward and heavy things are in the mix. You can have a couple of people taking things apart and boxing or packing while others do the heavy lifting; these are guys who work together every day and they are used to each having a specific job on the move, and they get the job done diligently. It's not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with an upcharge for an additional man, if needed. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you could need more than one truck anyway, so think about getting the extra men to get it accomplished in one day.

Do you charge for travel time? Is the crew off the clock for lunches and breaks? Companies vary with the drive charges. Usually, once they get to your house, the clock is started. Most times they will stop at a fast food restaurant and eat lunch on the way to the new residence, so there is not much down time.

What if I just want packing help? that is fine, most companies will give you an a la carte pricing list--you can get everything from tape guns only to a six-man crew that will crate your lawn mower if you want them to. The rates for packing commonly include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide range of box sizes. Expect an hourly rate for a packing crew as a basic estimate. Just be sure and read through the verbiage on the estimate so that you understand precisely what is and isn’t 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 practical. Moving companies are willing to load, drive, and unload on moving day, but be sure you understand their policies for what they can and cannot move. For example, anything hazardous or toxic cannot go 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 Cost More Than Your Extended Family, but They Are Insured

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

Moving to your new home should be exciting and happy, 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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