Moving is a time-consuming and labor-intensive task. It involves packing and stacking items in boxes, and then loading those boxes into a truck for transport to the new destination. It can be physically demanding for anyone, but it is especially taxing for those with limited physical capacity. It is not uncommon for people to hire movers to help with their move. However, it is important to understand what movers do before making a decision to hire one.
A full-service moving company will usually offer to pack, load, transport and unload the items you are relocating. These companies will also store your belongings for up to six months if needed. In addition, they can handle the unpacking and disposal of the waste material, such as empty boxes.
If you want to hire a full-service moving company, make sure you carefully review their quotes. Check that all services are included and note any extra fees. Also, make sure the movers you are considering have U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) numbers for interstate moves and state-level registrations (often regulated by a separate entity) for local moves.
Generally, a full-service moving company will charge more the longer the distance of your move. The drive requires a great deal of focus and energy, so movers will add extra charges for mileage, fuel, food and lodging if the distance is long.
Other factors that will increase your moving costs include stairs, travel time and large items. Stairs are particularly challenging for movers, as they must lift heavy items up and down stairs without damaging them. If you have a lot of stairs, it may take your movers two to three times as long to pack and move your belongings as it would for someone in a single-story house.
A moving company will also charge you extra for travel time if your home is not located close to the pick-up and drop-off locations. They have to account for time spent driving back and forth, which can be a significant expense if you live on the other side of town or an hour away from your destination.
If you are considering hiring movers, be aware that they will ask to see your inventory list and Bill of Lading before starting any work on your behalf. They will also need a copy of your driver’s license and a credit card for payment. In addition, movers will often take a deposit before beginning the work, and you will be required to pay the balance when the job is finished. Moreover, movers will not transport items without a signed contract and proper documentation from the customer. You should also read the terms of service of a moving company to ensure they are reputable and trustworthy. If you have any questions, be sure to contact the company directly for answers. Moving is an expensive process, but it is worth it for some people to save the stress and time of doing it themselves.