Top 10 Moving Tips to SAVE MONEY ON YOUR MOVE and Make Your
Move a Success!
Easy Things You Can Do To Decrease The Cost of Your Move!
To Save Money On Hourly Moving Costs, Be Completely Packed In Moving Boxes BEFORE Your Movers Arrive. Do NOT Attempt To Pack The Day Of Your Move; You Will Not Have Time!
Being 100% packed is the #1 MOST important tip that will save you money on the cost of your move!
Please Call Us 24 to 48 Hours Before Your Move If Anything Is Different From What You Told Us Over the Phone When You Booked Your Move. (Example: Inventory changes, you have stairs to go up where you didn't before, location changes, you changed the building you are moving into, you have to stop somewhere, your date changes etc.)
Read more to learn why and how this saves you money.........
For example, if over the telephone you tell us you have 30 boxes, no heavy furniture and no stairs....you will get an estimated time frame quote based on that inventory. (We charge by the hour and it is what it is when we show up.)
.........Then if we show up to your home and find there is really 150 boxes, a baby grand piano and three flights of stairs, then not only will our estimated time frame not be accurate........but we will most likely have to rebook the move to include more movers and a bigger truck; something we could have initially recommended to save you money and protect your valuables in the first place.
Our estimates are EXTREMELY accurate when we are given an accurate inventory and will save YOU the most amount of money if you follow our recommendations.
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Please Know Which Items Moving Companies Can Not Move UNLESS They Are Packed in Sealed Moving Boxes:
Knowing this upfront can help save you money and time. Professional, licensed and insured moving companies can NOT move the following items as a protection to you unless they are packed in sealed moving boxes.
1. Loose lamps
-If you want lamps moved, they need to be inside of "lamp boxes." Otherwise they will need to be transported in your car.
2. Televisions, computers and electronics
-If you want our movers to transport these fragile electronics, then they need to be packed inside of sealed boxes.
However since electronic moving boxes can be very expensive, is typically best to transport these items in your car, unless they are too large.
3. Live Plants
-Movers are not legally able to move live plants.
4. Dressers or cabinets that still have belongings inside of them.
Professional movers can not transport furniture that has personal belongings inside of them as a protection for your belongings.
DISCOUNT MOVERS PROVIDES FREE SHRINK WRAP FOR YOUR FURNITURE!
5. Any loose items that are not inside of boxes can NOT be moved to protect your valuables
Moving Companies Can Not Move Loose Items Like This That Are Not In Moving Boxes.
Save Money By Using FREE Wardrobe Boxes from Discount Movers the Day of Your Move.
FREE WARDROBE BOX SERVICE FROM DISCOUNT MOVERS!
Discount Movers provides a wonderful FREE service that will help you save money on your move and make your move easier. Discount Movers supplies up to $75 of wardrobe boxes that you can use the day of your move to transport your hanging clothes.
How this Process Works
1. Let your moving consultant know how many wardrobe boxes you will need the day of your move.
2. Your movers will arrive to your home with empty wardrobe boxes.
-There is a hanging bar inside of these extra tall hanging clothes boxes, so simply remove your clothes from your closets and hang them inside of the boxes, while your movers are loading your furniture into the moving truck. This is the ONLY packing you should be doing the day of your move.
3. Then, once the moving truck arrives at your new home, simply unload these boxes into your new closets while your movers are unloading the truck.
This could easily save you $75 or more in wardrobe boxes, and 1-2 hours of moving time (at $79-$122 an hour,) all depending on how many clothes you have.
-When you schedule your move, please let our moving consultants know how many wardrobe boxes you will need.
Before your movers arrive, close and tape all moving boxes to save money and make your movers faster.
Most people do not know, that professional movers can not move "open boxes."
The reason why professional movers can not move "open boxes" is they can not be stacked in the truck and/or dolly in a protected way, as there is a higher risk of damage with items falling out of an open box.
Therefore, please close and tape all your boxes shut before your movers arrive.
-This step could literally save you 1-2 hours on the cost of your move if your movers don't have to wait for you to tape boxes shut. (HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS!)
Save money and protect your valuables by purchasing strong, quality moving boxes online with FREE 1 day Delivery.
Quality boxes will help make your movers faster and thereby save you money on the cost of your move. The reason is your movers will be able to stack your sturdy boxes top of each other and make fewer trips from your home to the truck. Time saved means money saved.
Order Boxes Online M-F Before 1pm and Receive The Next Day
The savings in how fast your movers will able to stack your belongings in the moving truck (you are paying by hour) and not having moving damages, will almost always pay for the cost of the moving boxes.
Label All of your Boxes on the TOP and on the Side of the Moving Box
Labeling your moving boxes will make your movers faster, you will save money on the cost of your move, and unpacking will be SO much easier by having each box being placed in the room it should go in.
When labeling, indicate two pieces of information:
1. What Room the Moving Box should be moved into
2. What is inside of the box-using one word.
PLACE LABEL on the..........
THE SIDE OF THE BOX.
Why Should You Label On The Side Of The Box?
When boxes are stacked, the only thing that movers can see is the sides of the boxes. If you label the sides of the boxes, your boxes will be places in the right rooms.
This could save you 20 hours of time or more, unpacking and moving boxes around!
If a box is FRAGILE, don't forget to mark this.
Fill Your Moving Boxes to The Top & Use Crumpled Paper to Fill in All Gaps To Protect Your Valuables from Having Boxes Compress
Partially filled boxes can easily compress when other boxes are stacked on top, so it is better to completely fill your boxes before you tape them shut.
This is the #1 most important packing tip to help protect your valuables from moving damages. Movers can stack boxes more effectively when filled to the top and you will not have damages!
Note: The picture above shows a box of dishes, each wrapped in packing paper. Notice the gap at the top of the box? Crumpled newspaper should STILL be used to fill in the top of the box before it is taped for maximum protection.
Moving Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers and Dryers
2. Thoroughly dry your refrigerator before moving. This is very important, or water will spill all over.
3. The doors of your refrigerator should be left open several hours to air after defrosting.
4. All pans, trays, crispers, shelves or removable parts should be removed and wrapped individually.
5, Have your refrigerator serviced too before moving day
-The motor may have to be bolted down before moving.
-Do not plug it in at the new home until it has been unbolted.
2. Freezers should be dried and aired to avoid musty odor.
3. Safety of contents cannot be guaranteed, so it is best to empty your freezer and plan a meal that will use up perishable contents.
4. Check with your service man to be sure the motor is bolted, if necessary.
5. Remove any loose items.
Washers-How to Prepare
1, Disconnect and unplug all the cords before the movers arrive.
2. Drain all the hoses and dry out.
3. Check with your manufactures guidelines to see how you should move your washer.
Gas Dryer-How to Prepare
1, If you are moving a gas dryer, the appliance should be disconnected and the gas line capped off by a professional technician.
2 Movers are not licensed to perform this service.
Why These 10 Recommendations Will Help You Save Money on Your Move
Professional local movers are paid by the hour. Therefore, the faster your movers are, the less expensive your move will be. Our movers are uniquely provided with incentives to be fast and efficient, yet careful with your belongings, versus spending lots of hourly time on the move. This saves you money. Therefore, as long as you follow these 10 basic suggestions, you will be amazed at how quickly and effectively our experienced movers will be. A faster move, means fewer hours AND fewer hours, means less cost for you. We look forward to making your moving day a GREAT experience.
FAQ- Should I Buy Full Replacement Moving Insurance (Or Not), 48 Hours Before My Move?
1. What Is Basic Valuation Insurance?
Licensed and insured moving companies in California provide FREE basic valuation insurance with every move.
This means, if there is moving damages, you will receive only 60 cents a POUND.
Example: A 100 pound item( even if it is worth $10,000), you would receive .60 cents x 100 =$60.
2. What Is Full Replacement Coverage Moving Insurance?
If you want to receive full replacement value for your valuables in the event of moving damages, you need to purchase full replacement moving insurance 48 hours before your scheduled move.
3. Can I Buy Full Replacement Coverage for Only One Or Two Valuable Items Like a Flat Screen Television?
-At Moving Insurance.com, prices start from $30 a policy on up with a $250 deductable if there are any moving damages.
Baker Insurance does not offer this option and really specializes in very large, cross country moves. Baker requires that you buy coverage your entire home, and they have a minimum deductible of $1000 and a minimum policy size of $250. (The cost of our total average move is $300-$400)
4. How Much Does Moving Insurance Cost? Call 1-888-893-8835
Discount Mover's customer's receive special rates from Moving Insurance.com, which specializes in local, smaller moves.
-How this works is you pay x amount for the policy, depending on how many things you want to cover. For example, a $30 policy would cover up to $2000 worth of coverage. The monthly cost goes up as you want to insure more items.
-Then if there are moving damages, you would have a $250 deductible, but would receive like or better than what you had.
Example: Lets say a $2000 TV gets damaged, for $280 you would receive a brand new T.V. of the same size and quality if it was damaged as a result of the move.
5. What is The Best Thing I Can Do To Protect My Valuables?
1. Hire Discount Movers. We have the lowest claims rating in the industry with experienced movers. Mistakes do happen; but we are good at what we do and it is not common for the volume of business we do.
2. Use high quality moving boxes and fill them to the top. (Filled boxes are stronger)
3. Move fragile electronic items that you no longer have the manufactures box for in your own car. (Moving trucks have more vibration than cars do)
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