“We can give you a quote over the phone”iStock/g-stockstudio
You should always interview at least three companies and ask them to come to your home. Because of extra fees for things like stairs, specialty packing, or disassembling and assembling of furniture no one can give you an accurate quote without visually inspecting your home and belongings, Mr. Sapir explains.
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For safety reasons, federal laws prohibit moving companies from transporting any hazardous materials including paint, ammunition, propane, and other flammable items, says Randy Shacka, president of Two Men and a Truck. This means your moving company cannot move items that contain gas such as grills and lawnmowers and may not take perishable things like food, plants, or pets. It’s up to you to find out what you personally must be responsible for moving so there aren’t any surprises on moving day.
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“Reputable moving companies will provide a schedule and stick to it,” Mr. Sapir says. “Between May and September are the busiest times of year for most moving companies, and you can expect rates to skyrocket and quality to suffer. Avoid this by booking long in advance and getting your schedule set in stone.” You need to know these tricks to make your moving day as stress-free as possible.