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Best House Movers Near Me

Published by Chris Townsend

Best House Movers Near Me

Best House Moving Companies Near You

When you need to move to a new home in town or in a new state, you need house movers. We are not referring to structural movers but professional moving companies that can help move your household belongings.

How do I find the best house movers near me?

If you are moving from one house to another, you want to find the best home moving company to help you make the relocation as simple as possible. You need a partner for this project that knows what the moving business is all about and can do a great job for a fair price. That shouldn't be too much to ask, and it isn't. You can find the right moving vendor by following some simple steps and watching out for a few pitfalls.

Types of House Movers

Every house moves are unique on their own and you need house movers that are experienced with your type of move to handle the moving process for you. Here are different types of expert house movers that you can contact when you want to make your move.

Local movers

Local movers help with your house moves down the block, to another neighborhood or across the county. If you are moving within a 100 miles range, it is considered a local move. Local moving companies typically charge on hourly basis per move, and distance can also be a factor of the moving cost.

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Long distance movers

Long distance movers work beyond the 100 miles range and can be either intrastate movers or interstate movers. They provide estimate base on the amount of items you are moving, the number of movers and the mileage.

Interstate Movers

Whether you are moving to a neighboring state or moving cross country, you need interstate movers that are licensed by the FMCSA.

Cross Country Movers

Some interstate movers only undertake house moving to a couple of state and do not cover every part of the US. Therefore, if you need to make move cross country, you may have to contact cross country movers.

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Full Service Movers

These movers take over all aspect of your moving including packing services, loading, unloading and unpacking of boxes at the final destination. Full service moving is more expensive but it can help save pretty amount of time and it ensures things are done according to professionally. If you own a large apartment, full service packing is something you might probably want to consider because packing an entire house can be quite exhaustive.

A Couple of Movers

There are times you want to cut down moving costs and handle parts of the moving process yourself. You may want to get packing supplies, pack the boxes and rent moving truck or container, or even do the driving. However, you can't handle everything and you might need a couple of movers to help with loading and unloading of items. Some moving companies are able to provide just a couple of movers as you may require.

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Moving and Storage

On occassions your new house is not ready and you need to move out of your current house, you can opt for a storage service. However, not all moving companies provide storage services so you need to ask to confirm whether a company ha storage solutions.

What do I look for in a house mover?

First, look for a licensed mover, registered with the proper state or federal agency. If you are using a company that performs interstate moves, it will have a Motor Carrier number for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA has responsibility for regulating interstate carriers. FMCSA has a website with safety information on moving companies and records about complaints filed against them by consumers.

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The website also has many helpful resources, including a publication titled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. This brochure, which movers must provide to you when they give you a quote for their services, contains the rules for movers and brokers. It also has tips for you to follow to avoid scams and explains moving company jargon, so you don’t get lost in the conversation.

Keep in mind that even if your move is just across town, if the moving company you choose also performs interstate jobs, it is still required to register with FMCSA and abide by those rules. So you can benefit from the regulations and the high standards by choosing a mover that complies with them.

What are the essential rules that movers must follow?

Most of the rules are to provide transparency to consumers or to protect you from shady practices. One good example is regarding estimates. The moving company must come to your residence and conduct an in-person survey of the household goods you want to move before giving you a free estimate for the move's cost.

There are two exceptions. The first is if the residence is further than 50 miles from the movers' office (or their broker or agent) and second if the customer waives the requirement. Experts recommend that you not waive the condition and find a mover within the 50-mile radius.

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The reason is that the moving company representative needs to look at what you are moving to accurately determine how much it weights, which is how they determine what the cost will be. A mover that doesn't want to do the visual survey could be shady and might be planning a low-ball estimate. You always want to get more than one estimate, and ideally, take the time to get at least three.

When the mover comes to do the survey, you have the opportunity to meet them, chat, and interact. This is an integral part of the selection process. Remember, you will be trusting these people with your personal goods, furniture, dishes, clothes, and kids' toys. Take the time to determine that you are choosing a company that deserves your trust.

What do I need to know about estimates?

There are three main types of estimates for interstate moves. Local moves are usually quoted by the hour, while long-distance shipments are estimated by weight.

Non-binding estimate

If you have a non-binding estimate, that means that the price you get will go up if the goods' actual weight turns out to be higher.

That's one reason why it is crucial to review the inventory that the mover creates during the survey and be sure that everything you plan to move is on it. If you get one estimate that is significantly lower than the others, dig deeper and ask why. Ask the moving company to provide more than one estimate, based on possible different weights. The good news about a non-binding estimate is that the price quoted can also go lower if the weight forecast was too high.

Binding estimate

If your mover gives you a binding estimate, you have the security of knowing that the price on the quote is the price you will pay if you do not add any services or items to the move. Some companies charge for binding estimates, and some are reluctant to provide them. Keep in mind that if you decide to bring a couch that you previously told the commercial movers not to include in the inventory, the price will rise to reflect the added weight. Adding packing services, or a stop along the way to pick up some stuff your Mom wants to give you will also result in a cost increase.

Binding not-to-exceed estimate

The third type is called binding not-to-exceed, which means that the amount quoted can go down if the weight is lower than estimated but can't go up. All the same, the mover will add on a fee if there are conditions present at the destination that prohibit it from completing the delivery with standard labor and equipment. This might not be foreseeable and can result in a cost billed to you after the delivery of your shipment.

FMCSA sets limits on how much you can be required to pay for such conditions (called impracticable operations) on the day of delivery. Again, if the move is just across town, you won't have any surprises at the destination address. Local moves are usually less complicated to price, but most experts still recommend getting more than one estimate.

The company will provide you with a fee based on the number of small movers at an hourly price multiplied by the number of hours needed to do the work and extra charges for heavy or bulky items or long carries. Most will charge extra for stairs and elevators as well as drive time.

What if something goes wrong with my move?

Fortunately, if you choose your move partner thoughtfully, your move will probably be a success. But accidents do happen, and sometimes something that you have in the truck gets lost or broken. You don’t want to think about this, and your mover doesn’t want to talk about it either. But you do need to ask in advance about the company’s process for dispute resolution and arbitration. They have one and should be willing to share the details with you.

Valuation protection

Equally important is your choice of valuation protection. By regulation, the estimate will include two options for valuing your shipment. Valuation is like insurance, but the moving company has the liability rather than an insurance carrier. The mover will provide a valuation of $0.60 per pound for your household goods at no cost to you. When you move, that is a tempting choice, since you may be looking for ways to save money.

Be careful. $0.60 per pound means each item, weighed individually. So, a one-pound coffee cup can be replaced for sixty cents, and maybe a 10-pound box of linens for $6.00 isn't a terrible loss. But if your 20-pound flatscreen television falls over and cracks, that reimbursement of $12.00 is going to seem pretty meager. Look closely at the terms and costs of the replacement value (full protection) option that the mover will put in the estimate for your review. It will have an extra cost associated with it and a deductible, but it is probably the better choice.

Any individual article of “extraordinary value” (defined as over $100 per pound) must be itemized on the inventory to be covered. The overall value of the shipment is declared before transport. Adequate coverage gives you peace of mind to relax and not worry about every little bump in the road.

Schedule Your House Moves With Three Movers

With years of solid experience in the moving industry and movers all around the US, Three Movers is your dependable partner for all your house moving needs. We provide local, long distance, interstate and cross country moves. We are licensed by the FMCSA and our movers are professionally trained to handle all types of moves. We provide both full-service moving and partial services based on your needs., we also provide temporary and long term storage solutions.

We provide transparent and affordable pricing. Our team will give a detailed explanation on the estimate so you can know what exactly you are paying for.

Contact us online or give us a call at (888) 202-0036 to get started with a no-commitment quote, or to get more information about what we do.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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