Scheduling a move is a bit like planning a wedding, throwing a corporate event and well...even herding cats at times - all in one! One of the biggest challenges we assist our clients in working through is the move timeline. From managing leaving one home to entering another, plus the packing, cleaning and relocating madness...it is very easy for your move to take on a life of its own. But there is one thing that is even worse...when your moving company expects you to work within THEIR timeline, instead of them working within YOURS.
As we enter the busiest time of the year for the moving industry, it is more important now than ever to ensure you get who you want, when you want as it comes time to plan that move. With regards to scheduling & booking a mover...we have compiled 4 key considerations below. But there is one item we want you to consider non-negotiable: your schedule. There are way too may items pending - and your mover's scheduling preferences should never be one of them. This is your day, not theirs.
1) Did you know....most movers are busiest at the beginning and end of month (based on lease dates and month end escrow closes), and on weekends? If your moving date falls on one of these busy windows...start interviewing movers ASAP...and we mean - yesterday.
2) Relocations can have the tightest time tables, and therefore, require the absolute highest degree of professionals. When considering booking a mover of this scale, you can actually look up the USDOT number, a review scale which indicates a basic guarantee for the quality of the mover. (Click HERE for more info: http://www.mymovingreviews.com/move/check-a-usdot-number )
3) Get multiple quotes...and ask LOTS of questions. If the exact same service provider types give you estimates that differ by 40%, try to figure out the nature of the discrepancy. If day, time, number of hours and general experience are all created equal...has someone not included the cost of supplies (i.e. boxes and bubble wrap)? Is one company charging significantly more for mileage? Is one company providing two movers, and the other six? Try to compare apples to apples...before you decide which fruit basket is best! And if the only difference is experience, do not underestimate who will be moving your antiques, your kids' first watercolor drawings...and that flat screen tv. Don't take first available if it means least experience.
4) Don't be shy. Once you have identified a mover you would LOVE to work with, let them know, even if your timeline isn't set in stone yet. If you wait to even interview until you have a firm date, it may be too late. But if you have a flexible moving target, such as, the 2nd week in August, the moving company might be willing to work with you. And by the time they have that contract ready, you just might have your final date set anyway. It is kind of like asking someone for that first dance...think about it long and hard, always ask your first choice...first, and plan to forgive each other if you bump toes once or twice during the process.
There are about a million things to think about when managing a move, and that is why we are here. We hope these few foresights will help you with the scheduling of that move company, and remind you that it IS okay to keep your priorities top of mind. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, anytime.