Moving is not a cheap process, especially if you want to make sure that all of your belongings are safe and cared for. However, it is easy to lose more money in the move than you have to because you want to make sure that you receive the highest quality of care. Here are a few ways to save money, without feeling as if you have to compromise on experience and quality of service.
Never go with the first place you visit, even if they seem to be the best choice. You want to make sure you shop around and get several price quotes. Talk to others and see what they thought of the service they received. Customer service is worth its weight in gold, so do not reject a place with higher prices if they offer more services and have better customer service.
Be Willing to Negotiate
Moving companies will have prices and quotes they give you, but they are not necessarily final. You should not be afraid to negotiate the final price with the company. The worst that will happen is you will be informed the price is non-negotiable.
You can save yourself a lot of money by purging your house before hiring a moving company. Consider what items are irreplaceable and what items you plan on replacing when you move anyway. Many people get new furniture after they have moved, so get rid of the old first. The price moving companies will quote are based on the amount of work they do, the distance they are traveling, and the weight of the load.
Check for Off-Peak Times
Moving companies often have higher prices to move people during peak times, including Fridays and Saturdays. You can find lower rates if you move during the week, and sometimes during the fall or spring. Moving companies with good customer service will answer questions about peak rates when asked, and some will mention them up front.