Local Moving Services in Little Rock--Worth Every Penny - Part 2

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Getting an Estimate in Little Rock

You need to get an estimate from several moving companies. You already know the questions they'll ask you; read on for a few 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. Request their damages policy in writing, so that if something breaks you understand the claim process.

Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about extra men? Most companies will provide 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 crewmember helps things go a whole lot faster when stairs or cumbersome and heavy things are a factor. You can have a couple of people doing disassembly and boxing or packing while others do the heavy lifting; these are guys who work together every day and they are a team, and they get the job done much faster. It's not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with an upcharge for an extra man, if requested. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you might require two trucks anyway, so seriously consider the extra men to get it done 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 running. Most times they will stop at a fast food restaurant and eat lunch on the way to the new house, so there is not very much down time.

What if I only want packing help? That's fine, most companies will supply you an a la carte pricing quote--you can get everything from boxes only to a six-man crew that will box your lawn mower if you want them to. The prices for packing typically include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide variety of box sizes. Expect an hourly rate quote for a packing team as a basic estimate. Just be sure and go through the verbiage on the quote so that you understand precisely what is and is not included.

What if I just want moving help? Some folks like to pack together as they purge and sort, and so hiring people for that is just not useful. Moving companies are glad to load, drive, and unload on moving day, but make sure you understand their policies for what they can and can't move. For instance, anything flammable or toxic cannot be put 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 are aware what is inside of them.

Movers Are More Costly 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're much more likely to hurt their backs or knees if they do not know the right way to lift heavy objects.

Moving to your new residence should be exciting and happy, so make the most of it by contracting experts to do the work--save the DIY for your painting and landscaping. Click below to get started on your free estimate.
 
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