When planning on moving to or from Vermont, you should plan on using one of the many qualified moving companies to help you transport your possessions safely and efficiently all at a competitive price. This means more than just calling up the first number you find in the phone directory, you’ll need to make a few phone calls to find the right moving company that will meet all of your expectations, provide the support and supplies you need and have the best, most competitive rates.
Your starting point in choosing the mover begins with having some basic information available in order to get the moving quotes .You will need them in order to choose the right moving company. Obviously, if you have personal recommendations from friends and family that is an important factor, but you will want to do some checking on your own to see if you can find superior movers in the area so you can save more money and have a company to recommend to your friends and family some day.
Preparations For Getting Moving Quotes
Once you have selected enough moving companies from your phone directory, recommendations from friends and other sources, the next step is doing some quick organizing so you’ll know what to tell the movers so they can offer you good quotes.
Distance: Many moving companies will charge per mile in order to cover the expenses of gas, so you should get out a map and calculate the distance you are traveling for your move. If it is a short trip, many moving companies will charge a minimum fee. However, if your move is to another town, city in Vermont or even state you will want to roughly calculate the distance and confirm with the moving company.
Items: Most moving services use a single truck large enough to carry most household items such as large furniture, refrigerator and so forth. However, if your home has an unusually large amount of items then a second truck or trip may be necessary. You will want to account for items such as a large piano, recreational vehicles or other large items that may require additional expenses.
Supplies: Most moving companies will include packing material or other similar supplies along with their normal fees. However, if they offer discounts if your items are already packed and ready to go, you will want to consider if the expense of using your own packing materials is less than what a moving company will charge.
When speaking to the representative of the local movers, you’ll want to have a pen and paper handy to write down each quote and services each one of them provides to help you make your decision.
Now that you have selected your moving company, the next step is calculating the additional expenses so you can create a fairly accurate budget. While the moving company is being taken care of by the fees you are paying, remember that you will be driving your car so gas will be an issue, plus meals for your family if it is a long trip. Also, you’ll want to have an emergency fund of money for unexpected events such as vehicle maintenance issues that require repairs or towing, generally a few hundred dollars should cover most of these types of expenses.
Now that you have taken care of the budget, you’re ready to tackle the headache of packing all of your belongings and getting them ready for the move. Perhaps the single biggest mistake most people make when they move is that they don’t start packing early enough. You don’t want to be in a mad scramble trying to get the entire household packed while the movers are waiting and on the clock, costing you even more money. So here are a few tips that will help you avoid this potentially expensive mistake and make your move as easy as possible.
Start A Month Early: At first, this may seem outrageous, but think about the size of your home and just how long it will take to fully pack and get ready to move when you have work, school and other issues that take up much of the families’ time. When you consider that it takes at least 4 hours for a college student to fully pack a small dorm room for a move, you’ll understand that it will take at least that long for each bedroom, garage and living area of your house.
Track Progress: Assign each member of the family a room or area to pack and have completion dates set well before the movers arrive. If things are running late, you still have plenty of time to pack the room and get it ready.
List Locations For Boxes: Most people remember to write what’s in a box, but not where it goes in the new house. You can save yourself a lot of trouble and make it easy for the movers by having your boxes labeled to exactly where they go in your new home.