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

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Obtaining an Estimate in Little Rock

You need to get an estimate from a couple moving companies. You previously learned the questions they'll ask you; read on for several questions you should ask.

Are your crews insured? If it's a company you're not familiar with, request 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 additional labor? Most companies will provide an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You may feel three is excessive, but it's worth the money since that third or even fourth laborer helps things go a whole lot faster when stairs or unwieldy 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; the movers are guys who work together every day and they are used to each having a specific job on the move, 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 additional man, if needed. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you may need multiple trucks anyway, so spring for the extra men to get it finished in one day.

Do you charge for travel time? Is the crew off the clock for lunches and breaks? Companies differ with the travel charges. Usually, once they arrive at your house, the clock is running. Frequently they will stop at a drive through and eat lunch in route to the new home, so there is not really any down time.

What if I just want packing help? that is fine, most companies will supply you an a la carte pricing list--you can get everything from boxes only to a six-man crew that will box your garden tools if you want them to. The prices for packing commonly include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide range of box sizes. Anticipate an hourly rate quote for a packing team as a basic estimate. Just be sure and read through the verbiage on the estimate so that you are aware of 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 happy 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 hazardous or toxic can't go on the trucks. Nail polish remover is on the prohibited list, as are most cleaning supplies, household chemicals, and paint. Firearms might not be permitted on moving trucks, so you’ll have to open any safes so that the movers know what is inside of them.

Movers Are More Costly Than Your Extended Family, but They Are Insured

Reliable movers are not inexpensive, but your poker buddies or family will not pay a claim if something is scratched in the move. And, they're much more likely to hurt their backs or knees if they do not know the correct way to lift heavy furniture.

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