Planning a local move comes with its own unique stresses, but hiring a professional moving company to move your possessions from one residence to the other can save you a great deal of time and worry. Certainly, when trying to find a local moving company, you want to make sure you get the best value you can possibly get. As you find and get quotes from promising professional movers in Dallas, here are five important questions to ask that will aid you to make the best selection.
1. Is Your Quote Binding?
Ideally, you will want to find a mover that conducts an in-home consultation to give you the most specific quote possible. Hiring a company that offers a binding or "not-to-exceed" price can also give you peace of mind as you make your decision.
2. Will My Belongings Stay in the Same Trailer in Dallas?
Some moving companies may transfer your stuff from one truck to another during the moving process, which should be averted if at all possible. Transloading your possessions means loading and unloading them multiple times, which definitely increases the chance of damage or loss. Unless storage is needed, finding a local mover that will leave your belongings on the same truck for a local move from origin to destination will diminish that risk.
3. How Much Valuation Coverage is Included?
Most movers include some basic amount of liability valuation included in 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 do not weigh much, but cost a lot to replace. Full coverage options are usually available 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 question exactly what is included with your estimate, and ask if there are some other services or materials that would cost you extra. For instance, if you would like your antique furniture to be pad wrapped or to have protective padding put over your carpet while moving heavy items, you might face additional material and labor charges from some companies, so it's a good idea to find out about these costs upfront so there are not any surprises in the future.
5. Is There Anything You Will Not Move?
Many movers will give you an all-encompassing list of items that their movers will not handle for liability or other reasons. Some examples of things you may end up needing to transport yourself (or make other arrangements for) include:
- pool tables
- grandfather clocks
- children's playsets
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we take great pride in the comprehensive moving estimates we are able to supply to our customers, all of which include a free in-home consultation. And unlike many other moving companies, we are also happy to offer expert tear-down, moving and assembly of items such as play sets, grandfather clocks, appliances, pianos and much more.
With over forty years of service to Dallas and the surrounding communities, A-1 Freeman Moving is dedicated to making your next local move as stress-free 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 item transport.
To find out more about what we can do for you or to get started with an estimate for a local move, get in touch with us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!