Getting ready for a local move comes with its own unique anxiety level, but employing a professional moving company to move your things from point A to point B can save you a lot of time and stress. Of course, when trying to find a local moving company, you want to be sure you obtain the best value for your money. As you interview and get estimates from potential moving companies in El Paso, here are some critical questions to ask that will assist you to make your decision.
1. Is Your Quote Binding?
Ideally, you'll want to find a moving company that conducts an in-home consultation to provide you the most specific estimate possible. Hiring a company that provides a binding or "not-to-exceed" price may also give you peace of mind as you make your decision.
2. Will My Belongings Stay in the Same Truck in El Paso?
Some movers may transfer your things onto another truck during the hauling process, which should be avoided if at all possible. Transferring your possessions means loading and unloading them more than once, which could increase the odds of damage or loss. Except for when storage is needed, finding a local mover that will leave your belongings on the same truck for a local move from point A to point B will shrink that risk.
3. How Much Valuation Coverage is Included?
Most movers incorporate some basic amount of liability valuation as part of their pricing, which should cover an amount based on the weight of the item that is damaged (for example, $0.60 per pound). However, this coverage may not be enough for things that may not weigh a lot, but are exensive to replace. Full coverage options are usually available and can be bought from the professional moving company for added peace of mind and security.
4. What Services or Materials May Cost Extra?
Be sure to find out exactly what is included with your estimated rate, and ask if there are some other services or materials that will cost you extra. For example, if you would like your antique furniture to be pad wrapped or have protective padding put over your carpet while moving larger items, you may face additional material and labor charges from some companies, so it's a good idea to find out about these costs upfront so there aren't any surprises in the future.
5. Is There Anything You Will Not Move?
Many movers will give you an all-inclusive list of things that their workers cannot move 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 accurate moving estimates we are able to give to our customers, all of which include a free in-home consultation. And unlike many other moving companies, we're also able to provide expert tear-down, moving and assembly of items such as play sets, grandfather clocks, appliances, pianos and much more.
With more than forty years of service to El Paso and the surrounding areas, A-1 Freeman Moving is dedicated to making your upcoming local move as stress-free 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 how we can help you or to request your quote for a local move, contact us today. We look forward to serving you!