Planning Your Move: Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I GET THE BEST DEAL WHEN HIRING A MOVING COMPANY?

Even though your moving date may be months away, as soon as soon as the contracts are signed you should start getting recommendations for moving companies from friends or colleagues.

Start calling movers for estimates.
Once you have a list of recommendations, call each one to get an estimate of how much your move will cost. You’ll have to provide them with the number of miles involved in the move and the approximate weight of your belongings. The mover will help you in making this estimate.

Ask about extra charges that apply.
Movers typically charge extra for flights of stairs, heavy items, pianos and other special items. Be aware of the fact that having the movers pack for you increases your moving bill by about 30 percent. You may also have to pay a premium if you schedule your move during busy moving times, generally after the 25th of the month or before the 2nd.

Do not use a mover whose estimate seems too low.
The services provided may be second rate. If it seems too good to be true it probably is.

HOW CAN I MINIMIZE PROBLEMS WHEN I MOVE?

As soon as you schedule your move:

As you get closer to the date of your move:

WHOM SHOULD I NOTIFY OF A NEW ADDRESS?

Here is a list of people you should notify when you change your address and phone number. Although the list is not all-inclusive, it can be used as a starting point.