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

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Acquiring an Estimate in Little Rock

You need to get an estimate from several moving companies. You learned in our last post the questions they'll ask you; here are several 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 are prepared for the claim process.

Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about additional men? Most companies will charge an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You could think three is overkill, but it is worth the expense since that third or even fourth person helps things go a whole lot faster when narrow hallways or cumbersome and heavy things are a factor. You can have a couple of people taking things apart and boxing or packing while others do the heavy lifting; the movers are guys who work together every day and they are like a well-oiled machine, 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 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 arrive at 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 house, so there is not really any 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 golf clubs 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 glance through the verbiage on the quote so that you understand exactly what is and is not included.

What if I just want moving help? Some folks like to pack at the same time 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 example, anything flammable or toxic cannot be loaded 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 getting 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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