We’ve all heard the nightmare moving stories, the legends and the tales. Some tips and warnings are repeated over and over online and taken as gospel. Others have some basis in truth but have been exaggerated to fit the situation. Rumors morph into facts, accidental acts are looked at as standard operating practice and personal opinions are viewed as general truths. Now it’s time to set the record straight and debunk some common myths.
Myth #1: You can save a ton of money by moving yourself.
Fact: While on the surface it can be cheaper to simply rent a truck for the day than to hire a moving company, in the end, you’ll end up spending more than if you just let the pros do it.
In addition to the cost of the truck rental, you also have to pay for:
- Vehicle insurance
- Insurance to protect your items
- Parking permits
- Road tolls
- Meals and hotels along the way
- Moving equipment such as dollies, furniture pads and moving straps
- Packing materials
- Pizza and beer or gifts to bribe your friends for helping you move!
NOW does it seem cheaper? By bundling all your services into one, you’re not only making things easier on yourself financially, you’re also giving your body a break by not risking your back and neck. Also, if you tackle your own move, you’re putting the safety of your belongings at risk. So, if you pack incorrectly and your valuables are damaged en route, you have to shell out money to replace or repair them.
Myth #2: All movers are created equal, so it’s not important which one you go with.
Fact: Every moving company is different, in both rates and services. You also have to keep an eye on reputation and years in business. The solid ones will have many years of experience, plus they’ll be licensed and insured. Not all movers are equally well equipped to handle your specific type of move. Look for those with a history of exceptional customer service and five-star reviews. In a nutshell, don’t hire the first movers you call. Call at least a few and get quotes. Ask them questions, vet them, ask around for recommendations, and select the right one for you. You’re entrusting them with your personal belongings, so you want to be sure you’re getting an honest, experienced, and trustworthy moving specialist.
Here are some more tips to researching potential companies:
- Ask friends for recommendations
- Get as many free moving quotes as you can; choose three to ask for on-site quotes
- Check USDOT numbers
- Peruse online reviews
- Check BBB ratings
Myth #3: Movers will move anything you ask them to.
Fact: Not so. While most movers will take most things, there are certain things they can’t take that may be illegal, dangerous, unethical or unsafe, according to Moving Tips.
It’s always best not to assume anything. Inquire beforehand what they will not take so you can plan accordingly. Some household goods can’t be transported because they are hazardous, such as in the case of chemicals or explosives. Others, like guns and alcohol, are illegal to transport. Most movers won’t take perishable food either, and some may refuse to move any items that hold a lot of sentimental value for you. If you need to transport any of these items, you will have to do so on your own.
Contact Olde World Movers
Olde World Movers would be happy to debunk more myths you may have about moving, or answer any of your questions. Please contact us in Euless at 817-952-5694 or Frisco at 972-843-7193.