there’s a move in your future and you want to hire
help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to
unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers and
ahead. Start at least six weeks before the move date,
and allow time to declutter and pack each room.
services. Moving services range from you-rent trucks to
"managed moves" in which experts handle every
detail, including setting up the new household. In
between, you can get help for just the heavy lifting, or
hybrid options in which you pack possessions into pods
or cubes that a company transports to your new home.
a standard move, if possessions cross state lines at any
point, that’s considered an interstate move that is
subject to federal regulation. Costs are typically
calculated using a combination of weight and distance.
Long distance in-state moves are often assessed the same
moves are usually assessed by hour and per worker.
Regulations for local movers and what constitutes a
"local" move vary widely by state.
reflect the type of move and service level. A you-rent
truck might cost $20 to $40 a day with an additional
charge of about 80 cents a mile. Expect to pay at least
$1,000 for a full-service move across town.
Long-distance professional moves can cost a dozen times
costs by avoiding the busy summer months or choosing a
departure date after the first of the month and before
its last 10 days.
scam warning signs. Rogue movers plague the industry. Be
leery of companies that:
provide an on-site estimate. The most accurate estimate
comes from a visit to your home.
calls with a generic greeting, such as
"movers" or "moving company."
have a local address, information about registration or
differently than the norm, such as by the cubic feet.
cash or a large deposit before the move.
a generic or rented truck.
extra money after loading, saying the estimate covered
only some charges or possessions weighed more than
your homework. If you’re planning an out-of-state
move, visit protectyourmove.gov, which lists licensed
movers. Many states also have similar sites. Read
company reviews on a trusted consumer site, check for
proper licensing and ask about the crew’s experience
if the estimate is binding or if it could change. A
binding estimate can’t be changed, even if the actual
cost exceeds the estimate. Get a written copy of the
estimate. To avoid hidden or add-on fees, ask if it
includes charges for fuel, moving equipment and workers’
trips to and from the house.
clear about coverage. The federal government requires
that moving companies offer two levels of basic
liability: Full value and released value. These are not
insurance. Full value protection costs extra and means
the mover is responsible for the entire value of shipped
items. The released value option adds no cost, but
significantly reduces what the mover must pay in case of
companies will offer, through an affiliate, insurance
policies that require upfront coverage payment and
payment of a deductible if you make a claim. Not all
states allow movers to sell insurance. You can also
choose a third-party policy, sometimes through your home