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Bargain to Get The Best Rates From Movers

To get the best rates from movers, let them know you will be contacting a few other movers and that budget is important. When movers know they are competing with other movers, they will tend to give the best rates and pricing.

When hiring movers, ask them to email you their quotes and rates in writing. Be sure their quotes include the list of items to be moved, along with access descriptions of each location. Actually read the quotes, as each mover may have different minimums, rates, etc.

Finding the Best Days to Schedule a Move

High demand days for local movers are normally Fridays and Saturdays. Also, the last few days of each month and the first days of each month tend to be higher demand for movers. Movers have less incentive to give discounts on days where they know they will be busy. On the other hand, if you are able to schedule your move during lesser demand periods, you may be able to negotiate lower rates.

Packing Materials

Getting Cheap Moving Boxes and Packing Materials

  1. A quick and cheap source for new moving boxes is Home Depot or Lowes (Other packing materials like tape and packing paper are NOT cheap here).

  2. Craigslist is a great source for free boxes. Search your area for "free moving boxes". You'll be surprised how many sources there are.

  3. Another place to find cheap of free boxes is look for someone that is moving INTO your neighborhood. Introduce yourself and offer to take away their used cartons for free.

  4. Another source to consider is the local recycling center.

  5. When you see the guys driving around in their pickup trucks loaded with cardboard stacked 15 feet high, flag them down and offer to pay them $20 for some boxes. You may get as many as 50-100 boxes for this price, because it's more than the recycling center will give them.

Being Prepared For The Movers

Local movers generally charge by the hour, so anything you can do yourself will save money. This includes tasks such as dismantling and reassembling beds, and taking care of any connections and re-connections of appliances such as washers or dryers or refrigerator ice makers.

Also consider packing and moving yourself the small items such as boxes, lamps, stereos, pictures etc. We find nowadays in this tough economy many people have the movers move "large items only" in order to save money.

Consider putting all boxes in the garage, and having the movers place them in the garage at your new location.

Bad Estimates and Surprise Moving Costs

Nobody likes bad estimated or hidden charges and some movers tend to estimate one price and the final price turns out to be much higher. This often happens when the moving company does not have complete information to generate an accurate estimate.

The 2 most important factors for an accurate quote are:
  1. The list of items being moved

  2. The access at each location - for example, single story home vs. 10th floor apartment - certainly the apartment move will take far longer than the house move
If your move is small you can often get your quote by phone or email. Be absolutely certain to give the mover a complete and thorough list of items to be moved. Give it to them in writing, preferably by email. Be sure to include small items such as lamps, components, boxes, plants, etc. or anything else you want the local movers to move.

Don't be vague by saying only "contents of 1 bedroom apartment". Be specific with a list of items within the apartment. This will minimize the chance of unpleasant additional costs on moving day.

About The Author:

mike scott Mike Scott has been in the moving industry for over 30 years. He started out as a mover with Bekins Van Lines, moving furniture across country. He now owns a local moving company in the Los Angeles, CA area that has been in business for over 15 years. More about .