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Moving? Best Tips For Negotiating With Moving Companies

Sep 16, 2008
Hiring a moving company can be a difficult task. Although moving companies tend to make your job of shifting to a new location much simpler but this is possible if you negotiate with the moving company properly before you hand over the job to them. Otherwise there are a good number of chances that you may face huge bills lying at your end.

Before you actually start negotiating with the moving companies to get a price quote, you should do your own homework. This means you should have a clear list in your hands as to what items you will be shifting and what you will sell off. You should be aware of the fact that most of the movers charge extra for packing and unpacking your stuff. Decide before hand if you want this to be done by the mover. If so you can negotiate with the mover initially upon the price he will charge for packing, unpacking as well as packing materials. Once you are decided on this, you can have your list shown to various respectable moving companies in your area and get a moving quote from them.

Now when you have the moving quotes from various moving companies with you, you need to compare the quotes and select a mover that suits you the best. Then you can call or email the moving company to send a representative who can see your possessions personally and prepare a written moving estimate. Now this is really important. Always ask for a written moving estimate. If the company insists on verbal communications, better look for another moving company. Ask the buyer questions regarding the billing method, time for which the given estimate is valid and the time the company will need to pack and shift your stuff.

It is very important on the part of the consumers to give maximum information regarding the problems that can be encountered by the moving company while they relocate the stuff. For example, if the new location is on the first floor and the facility of elevator is not available, it should be told to the moving company at the time of negotiation. This will avoid any problems in the billing in the end.

If things are not made clear initially, the company may add extra charges. Suppose you home does not have the space for parking the moving truck, the company may charge extra to employ a smaller trailer to shift your stuff to nearest parking space where they have stationed their vehicle. The company should be told about the problem before things are finalized.

Negotiate on the point of insurance that the moving company should give if any of your possessions gets stolen or broken while shifting. Every moving company is bound to give insurance of their possessions to its consumers. Also find out if the moving company is ready to offer some discount if a particular service is taken from their company. For example, if you get the stuff packed from the company, they will not charge anything for packing materials. Sometimes taking such services may be advantageous.
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