When you think about moving to a new house, relocating locally definitely has a more manageable, more affordable ring to it than moving regionally or across the country. That said, unless you are planning to do it alone from start to finish, with all the planning, packing, transporting and what have you, your best choice would be to hire some professional local movers to help you out. Here are some tips and hacks on how to make the smartest choice when hiring these relocation professionals.
Is it really better than doing it on your own?
It is surely very tempting to get paid professionals to spare you and do all the unpleasant work: lifting heavy furniture, carrying fragile cargo around, getting all mucked up in dust and duct tape. Even so, they are not always absolutely necessary, and you can execute your move by yourself no problem, provided that you have the right setup. These are the things to consider:
If you have a relatively large group of reliable friends who you can count on, then just enlist them to help you with your move. Friends can provide help with transport, lifting power, carrying capacity, and packing material all in one fell swoop. Even if you end up with a bunch of unwanted cardboard boxes after all that, you can always just recycle them. Check out this handy article for some ideas on how to do that.
Also, if you have ever moved into a new home or office without hiring an actual moving company, that experience will be of great help here too. Finally, unless you are dead certain that you will have a reliable transporter among your friends, consider your own experience in that regard. Have you ever driven a large truck or van before? Have you ever actually driven it across the state?
So how can you find local movers in the Austin area?
Okay, so suppose you thought about all of the above and decided to hire a moving company anyway. The sooner you make that decision the better for you. If you lollygag around too long, there will be very few choices left to consider.
Go look online. Google for local movers around Austin. If you are moving into town from someplace else, search for those based in your current are too. Likewise, if you are moving away from Austin, consider the local movers in your target area as well. Look at what the netizens have to say. An informative review or an article on moving (they usually feature companies) will typically tell you a lot more than a contractor’s official website.
Ask for personal recommendations from your friends, colleagues, neighbors, or family. At least a few of them are bound to have moved around at some point.
If you are not able or not willing to spend a whole lot of time on online research, good old word of mouth can nicely replace the whole “scourge the web” episode.
How can you find movers that are cheap?
Pick a few specific moving companies from your previous searching quest and get moving cost estimates from all of them. After all, how can you possibly budget if you have no numbers to work with, right?
The important point is to get estimates from at least three different companies, to be able to make a relevant comparison.
Always get the movers to make an estimate after they have physically visited and inspected your home. Show them every single thing that needs to be relocated. Also make sure to inquire about any additional fees (like packing services) or “hidden” cost (like gas expenditure).
Never trust a company that gives you a quote over the phone or email. Remote estimates like that are never precise, and a re actually one of the most common scamming methods. Keep yourself safe from them with the tips from this link: https://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Online-Scams
Finally, sit down and compare all of the estimates you got. Choose the one that is the best match for your needs, even if it is not the cheapest. So long as you stay within your planned budget, you will be fine.