Do you live in the same town you were born in? Do you even live in the same state? No one likes to move, but it’s amazing how much moving there is. It’s estimated the average American moves 12 times in their lifetime and 33-percent of apartment dwellers move every year – Yikes! Whether it’s across town, across country or across the apartment complex, it still means the same thing, packing up all your stuff and getting it safely to your new home.
The more you move, the less you like moving and your friends like it less, especially if you’ve moved every two or three years. After almost herniating your friends moving your big sectional couch or getting your four-poster bed up the stairs, you’ll likely hear, “What? You’re moving again? Why don’t you just stay in one place for a while?” even if it’s been five years since your last move. In an effort to preserve the health of your friendships and your friends, you may be asking yourself whether or not you can afford to have a mover help and the answer is – it depends.
Dante and his wife were moving across their apartment complex, from their third-floor one-bedroom apartment to a first-floor two-bedroom apartment; Leslie was pregnant, so having the extra bedroom was a necessity. The apartment complex in which they lived were thrilled the family was growing and staying in the same complex and they were able to work things out so that Dante and Leslie could move in the middle of their lease but they had to do it within a week.
Dante said, “I was really in a bind. When we moved into our one-bedroom apartment, we almost killed off my younger brothers with our sofa bed and handmade butcher block dining room table. I didn’t want to do that again and certainly wasn’t in a position to do it without help.” The couple decided to hire a moving company just to move the heavier things and they’d get friends to help to move the boxes and lighter stuff.
They started by asking the apartment complex for the names of moving companies they’d recommended and were given a stack of flyers from almost every small moving company in town. At the same time, the local TV news had a story about movers who weren’t licensed by the state; every state has licensing requirements for movers and haulers.
Dante and Leslie had a list of questions they asked the moving companies before they made their choice and yes, they each called the same companies to see if they got different answers whether it was Dante or Leslie on the phone. They were able to rule out four companies right off the bat using that method; each company gave a higher quote or were rude/condescending to Leslie but friendly and a lower quote to Dante. The other questions they asked included:
- State license number
- Hourly rate, by the job or by the number of movers on hand?
- Does distance matter?
- Insurance carrier?
Because theirs was a smaller move, they were able to get a guaranteed flat rate of “no more than …” based on the movers’ physical inspection of what needed to be moved and they got it in writing. On the day of the move, two guys showed up with their truck, their state license number boldly printed on both passenger doors, and within two hours, everything was moved and set back up for less than $300. The furniture was moved in the first hour, so they took advantage of having another hour and had the bigger boxes moved over as well.
By the time Dante and Leslie’s friends showed up to help, the only things left to go were smaller boxes and then cleaning the old apartment.
If you think you can’t afford a mover, you may need to think again. If you do your research ahead of time and choose wisely, not only can it save you from losing friends and hurting yourself physically, it can actually save you time and money in the end.