Are you dreading moving from your current apartment on the third floor to the next apartment on the fifth floor of your new complex? Not only will that require a ton of work, but it will also be difficult for you to find volunteers from friends and family.
Even if you were to find volunteers, they wouldn’t be able to fulfill your need. You require apartment moving companies to guarantee yourself a timely and efficient move. Trust us, it’s worth the investment!
See below for an in-depth guide listing all the apartment moving tips we have for finding the right movers for your situation.
1. Do Some Research Online
Perhaps you’ve Googled “apartment movers near me” and found a few options to consider. Moving companies are a dime a dozen, so you need to have a way of filtering out some options.
You could contact each moving company individually, but honestly, that could be a huge waste of time. Some of them just simply aren’t worth your time or effort.
How can you filter out the bad options from the good? We recommend using online reviews and customer testimonials as your guide. You can pull them up in seconds by Googling the name of the moving company that you’re considering and reading the reviews that you come across.
Here are a few questions that you can ponder as you read through them all:
- Do the previous customers seem satisfied with the level of service that they received?
- In what ways did the apartment movers go above and beyond?
- What was the turnaround from start to finish (loading up the first apartment and organizing the new one)?
- How was the communication between the client and the movers?
- When moving out of their apartment, did the moving company offer any recommendations or insight for the client?
- How quickly did the movers get them a quote? Do they feel that the price was justified?
2. Reach Out Directly
Now that you’ve done a bit of research online (this should only take 10 to 15 minutes), you probably only have 2 or 3 options remaining on your list—if that.
Now that there are clear frontrunners, it’s time to reach out to those moving companies directly and ask them a few questions. If you’re calling more than one, make sure to have the same questions lined up so that you can compare the answers that they give you.
Are they willing to give you a quote for your needs? They should. Do they have availability on the day of your move? If not, they’re no good to you. Do they offer the services that you require? Are they experienced in apartment moving?
Try to get a feel for their services. Ask about their experience level and a bit more detail on the movers that will be handling your belongings. Does the company offer them any training? Are they informed on proper packing, carrying, and transporting techniques?
Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you’d like. A reputable moving company will be happy to shine a light on their processes and why they’re the best fit for you.
3. Optimal Services for Your Needs
Would you let your 14-year-old cousin pack up your dishes and glasses for your move? Of course not. Why? Because they don’t know how to pack things efficiently. Simply loading up plate after plate in one box can make it too heavy to lift, as well as increase the likelihood that the bottom of the box will open.
As silly as that scenario might seem, this is essentially what you’re doing if you hire a moving company without the specific experience you need.
Some of your belongings might require more attention than others. For example, if you have a piano in your apartment, it requires its custom form of service. Moving companies refer to it as “piano moving” and, no, not all companies offer that service.
Whatever needs you to have, whether it be packing, transit, or set up in the new apartment, make sure the service you’re speaking to offers them.
4. Get an Accurate Estimate
Just like anyone else moving from one apartment to the next, your budget is probably razor thin. For that reason, you must find a service that fits within its parameters.
Many people don’t like asking about cost, but it’s an important part of the process; it will be brought up at some point, why not now?
Make sure you get an all-in estimate. That means the price includes all potential fees, such as labor fees, moving fees, etc.
5. Optimal Insurance in Place
Hiring an apartment moving company without business insurance would sabotage the success of the entire operation.
Technically, if a mover gets injured while moving your belongings and their employer doesn’t have workers’ comp (which is illegal), you could be the one on the hook for their medical bills.
Don’t leave that to chance. Be sure to ask about the specific types of coverage that they have in place. This will ensure a seamless move, even if an emergency were to occur along the way.
Invest in Apartment Moving Companies for Your Needs
Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on how to hire the right apartment moving companies for your needs, be sure to use this information to your advantage.
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