Local Moving Services in Colorado Springs--Worth Every Penny - Part 2

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Obtaining an Estimate in Colorado Springs

You need to get an estimate from various moving companies. You previously learned the questions they will ask you; here are some questions you should be sure and get answers to.

Are your crews insured? If it's a company you're not familiar with, ask to see a copy of their declarations page for the business insurance policy. Get their damages policy in writing, so that if something breaks you understand how the movers will handle the claim.

Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about additional labor? Most companies will quote an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You may feel three is overkill, but it is worth the money since that third or even fourth crewmember makes things go a whole lot faster when stairs or cumbersome and heavy things are in the mix. You can have a couple of people disassembling things and crating or packing while others do the heavy lifting; the movers are guys who work together every day and they are like a well-oiled machine, and they get the job done more expeditiously. It's not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with an upcharge for an additional man, if needed. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you might need multiple trucks anyway, so seriously consider the extra men to get it finished in one day.

Do you charge for drive time? Is the crew off the clock for lunches and breaks? Companies vary with the drive charges. Usually, once they arrive at your house, the clock is started. Many times they will stop at a drive through and eat lunch in route to the new home, so there is not really any down time.

What if I just want packing help? That's fine, most companies will supply you an a la carte pricing list--you can purchase everything from boxes only to a six-man crew that will box your garden tools if you want them to. The prices for packing generally include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide range of box sizes. Anticipate an hourly rate for a packing crew as a basic estimate. Just be sure and read through the verbiage on the estimate so that you know exactly what is and isn’t included.

What if I just want moving help? Some folks like to pack together as they purge and sort, and so hiring people for that is just not practical. Moving companies are willing to load, drive, and unload on moving day, just make sure you understand their policies for what they can and can't put on the truck. For starters, anything flammable or toxic can't go on the trucks. Nail polish remover is on the prohibited list, as are most cleaning supplies, household chemicals, and paint. Firearms might not be permitted on moving trucks, so you will likely have to open any safes so that the movers are aware what is inside of them.

Movers Are More Expensive Than Your Garden Club Group, but They Are Insured

Experienced movers are not inexpensive, but your poker buddies or family will not pay a claim if something is damaged in the move. And, they're much more likely to hurt their backs or knees if they do not know the correct way to lift heavy furniture.

Moving to your new residence should be exciting and happy, so make the most of it by contracting experts to do the work--save the DIY for your painting and landscaping. Click below to get started on your free estimate.
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