October 29, 2014

Preparing for an Estimate from a Cross-Country Moving Company

Family using moving container for cross-country move 

Moving across the country can seem like a monumental undertaking.  Choosing a cross country moving company to get you there should be the first task on your moving checklist.  You will be entrusting your belongings to the company you choose, so want to take the time to research at least three cross country moving companies and compare the estimates you receive.  It is extremely helpful to prepare before you get those estimates, so you can have a good handle of what each company is offering you.

Here are a few tips on preparing for an estimate from a cross country moving company:

1.  Get rid of the things you no longer need before you receive estimates.  In order to get an accurate (and likely lower!) estimate, you need to have a true understanding of how much you will be moving. Have that yard sale now.

2.  Make a list of all the rooms you will be moving and the contents of those rooms.  Include furniture, lamps and artwork.  Make a guess as to how many boxes for each room will be moved, as well (for example, 2 wardrobe boxes of clothing for the master bedroom).  Do not forget to include the garage, basement, attic and yard. 

3.  Make note of anything that might require special attention.  For example, you may need the cross country moving company team to disassemble a crib or use special packing materials for an heirloom vase.

4.  Make note of things in your current or new home that will need to be protected during the move-in or move-out process, such as an antique wooden banister or leaded glass windows.

5.  Let the moving company know which entrances they can use for loading and unloading, and challenges they might face.  Passing a dresser through a window because it will not fit through your small, twisty staircase is important to know ahead of time.

6.  Look up the license number and proof of insurance before you meet with a cross country moving company.  That information is usually listed on their website.  If not, ask for it when you first call.

7.  Have your desired moving dates nailed down before you meet with any cross company moving company.  If your dates are flexible, you may be able to save some money on your move.

8.  Know what you plan to pack yourself and what you plan to have the moving company handle. If you already know that you won’t let anyone else pack up your clothes, let them know upfront.