Planning a local move comes with its own unique anxiety level, but hiring a professional moving company to move your possessions from origin to destination can save you a lot of time and anxiety. By all means, when making an effort to find a local moving company, you want to make sure you obtain the best value you can possibly get. As you interview and get estimates from promising movers in Colorado Springs, here are five critical questions to ask that will aid you to reach a conclusion.
1. Is Your Quote Binding?
Ideally, you'll want to find a professional moving company that offers an in-home estimate to give you the most specific quote possible. Going with a company that offers a binding or "not-to-exceed" price can also give you peace of mind in your decision.
2. Will My Items Stay in the Same Truck in Colorado Springs?
Some moving companies may transfer your belongings from one truck to another during the moving process, which should be averted if possible. Unloading and reloading your possessions means loading and unloading them multiple times, which could increase the risk of damage or loss. Except for when storage is needed, finding a local mover that will leave your belongings on the same truck for a local move from residence to residence will diminish that risk.
3. How Much Valuation Coverage is Included?
Most companies cover some basic type of liability valuation as part of their services, which should cover an amount based on the weight of the item that is damaged (for example, $0.60 per pound). Yet, this coverage may be lacking for things that are not heavy, but are exensive to replace. Full coverage options should be discussed at the time of your in-home estimate and can be bought from the moving company for added peace of mind and security.
4. What Services or Materials May Cost Extra?
Make sure to ask exactly what's comprised in your estimate, and ask if there are some other services or materials that would result in additional charges. For example, if you'd like your delicate furniture to be pad wrapped or to have protective padding put over your carpet while moving bulky items, you might face additional material and labor charges from some companies, so it's a good idea to find out about these expenses ahead of time so there are not any surprises down the road.
5. Is There Anything You Won't Move?
Many moving companies will give you an exhaustive list of items that their movers can’t touch for liability or other reasons. Some examples of items you may end up needing to relocate yourself (or make other plans for) include:
- pool tables
- grandfather clocks
- children's playsets
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we pride ourselves on the comprehensive moving estimates we're able to provide to our customers, all of which include a free in-home consultation. And unlike many other moving companies, we're also happy to provide expert tear-down, moving and assembly of items such as play sets, grandfather clocks, appliances, pianos and much more.
With over four decades of service to Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities, A-1 Freeman Moving is committed to making your upcoming local move as simple as possible. All of our moving crews are background checked and drug tested, and they have an average of 10 years of experience in packing, furniture protection, safety and loading.
To learn more about what we can do for you or to request your quote for a local move, contact us today. We look forward to serving you!